The altek Leo 14MP smartphone -- possibly running Android, definitely gianormous

Sometimes we all like to sit back in our chairs and speculate about what fresh innovative ideas will turn up next in the smartphone world.  I'll bet none of us saw this coming.  Rather than put a camera on a smartphone, it looks like altek has put a smartphone in a camera.  Not a lot of details yet, and we're not even sure it will be running Android -- but the home, back and menu buttons make that a safe bet.  We do know that it's a touchscreen phone with HSDPA radio bands (and carries the Nokia style 3.5G label), has a 14 megapixel CCD with 3x optical (yes, optical, as in not a typo) zoom, and will be unvelied in June in Singapore at CommunicAsia.

Both professional and amateur photographers alike might just have something to look forward to with this beast. Full press release after the break. [via Engadget]

altek Launches "Leo", the World's Smartest

14 MP, 3.5G Professional Camera Phone Powerful Optical Zoom Lens Takes the Smartphone to the Next Level

Altek Corporation, a global leader in the design and manufacture of digital cameras (TWSE: 3059) is pleased to announce its imminent launch of Leo, the world's newest, smartest 3.5G professional camera phone. Operated via its generous touch screen panel, Leo delivers 3.5G (HSDPA) functionality and features a 3x optical zoom and 14 megapixels CCD. Altek plans to launch Leo in June at CommunicAsia (CMMA) in Singapore.

Alex Hsia, president and CEO of Altek, notes that, "picture taking has already risen to become one of the most important mobile phone functions for consumers. Phones able to capture high definition, high quality images and video are a win‐win for users as well as telecommunication service providers, as the latter can anticipate rising bandwidth usage rates when users share images remotely."

"The Leo mobile phone," Alex continued, "is the product of our accumulated advances and breakthroughs in imaging technology as well as Altek's continued refinement and improvement of optical technologies. Stylishly designed, Leo plugs users into a wireless world of excitement and fun. Its high‐end digital camera and video functions means Leo users need never again let a special moment pass by unrecorded. Leo's high definition digital images (14MP) and video (720p HD) can be uploaded instantly to the Internet via onboard Wi‐Fi and 3.5G connectivity for sharing with friends and family."

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