Samsung M8800 Pixon gets its kick from touchscreen and imaging and hopes to be the definitive cameraphone. The inspired TouchWiz interface and massive screen are the right gateway to getting the 8 megapixel camera and real high-end video unleashed. The Pixon obviously plays second fiddle to the INNOV8 in the Samsung portfolio but dares to challenge it in the imaging department. Picture this.
- 3.2" 256K-color TFT LCD touchscreen display of WQVGA resolution
- 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and lens protection
- Camera geo-tagging, auto-panorama shot, face, smile and blink detection, digital image stabilization
- WVGA video recording at 30fps
- Slimmest 8MP phone
- 3G with HSDPA support
- Quad-band GSM support
- GPS receiver
- microSD card slot
- DivX, XviD and MP4 video player
- SRS (Surround Sound System) Virtual 5.1CH
- TV out functionality
- FM radio with RDS
- Bluetooth and USB v2.0
- 200 MB internal memory
- Landscape on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboard
- Accelerometer sensor
- Office document viewer
- ShoZu integration (direct image and video uploads)
- No Wi-Fi connectivity
- GPS for geotagging only
- Stylus as dongle only, no stylus compartment
- No smart dialing
The Pixon clearly belongs to one of the two schools of thought in the Samsung 5 to 8MP cameraphone sample. There the ironclad Soul-flavored devices rub shoulders with the huge touchscreens of the Tocco line.
The Pixon humbly gives the smart INNOV8 a bow of respect and suffices with topping the line of full-touch and multimedia gadgets. Now, given our admiration for the F480 Tocco, the Pixon can count on a fair and respectful welcome but that won't make us soft or too forgiving.
To begin with, even if 8MP cameraphones are still rather exotic, there seems to be enough competition to motivate the M8800 to squeeze out its best.