Upcoming Sony phone to have 13 megapixel camera

Smartphones are already replacing point-and-shoot digital cameras as the consumer's choice for taking quick pictures. Now there's word that an upcoming smartphone from Sony could match the megapixel count of higher end digital cameras.

Venture Beat reports that the phone comes from Sony Ericsson and could be one of the last smartphones to have the Sony Ericsson label. Sony bought out Ericsson's stake in the mobile phone venture and the deal is scheduled to close in January 2012.

The story states that the upcoming phone is being called the Sony Ericsson LT28at at the moment (it's more than possible that the name will change). The phone contains a 13 megapixel camera which will be one of the most powerful cameras, if not the most powerful, ever put inside a smartphone. The device will also have a front facing camera that will be capable of supporting 720p video resolutions.

The Android-based phone will also have a large 4.55 inch screen and support for the faster LTE wireless network. The article claims that AT&T will be the wireless carrier for the phone and it will be released sometime later in 2012. It seems likely that Sony might officially announce the new phone at CES 2012 in early January.

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Right...as many have said. Resolution != perfect pictures.....aperture, lens etc, all play a part so without a good balance the pics will still be naff.

Also, do smartphone manufacturers really believe that this is the area of improvement needed? Try battery life, simplicity (to rival non-tech users favourite, the iPhone), and last but not least, media playback (video mainly).

Camera certainly isn't high on the list for people I speak to.

They have different divisions working on different innovations, presumably this is something the camera division came up on its own and then presented to the mobile hardware division.

just got a new phone with 8mp and 4" screen, coming from what I think is the slowest Android phone ever (Kyocera Zio), it's like night and day.

If this actually produces usable media, then it's a good idea, if it doesn't, then it's just hype to sell on spec. Sony knows a certain segment of the market will bite on this regardless.

~Johnny said,
Well one good thing is that the phone itself wouldn't be crippled to death with Symbian.

Symbian devices will continue to get updates till 2016, Symbian isn't dead yet

yowan said,

Symbian devices will continue to get updates till 2016, Symbian isn't dead yet

The OS isn't dead... but using Symbian on the N8 was a pretty bad experience, especially if someone came from the iPhone or Andriod... or hell even Windows mobile. Effectively killed what should have been a great main phone, and more limits it to people who are *far* more interested in the camera than actually want a stable, working phone

~Johnny said,
Well one good thing is that the phone itself wouldn't be crippled to death with Symbian.

You may not like Symbian but the N8 being powered by Symbian doesn't cripple it in any way and with Belle it is sweeter than ever. Devices like N8 actually needs an OS like Symbian or Android not some other OSes which limits what you can do with it.

liju said,

You may not like Symbian but the N8 being powered by Symbian doesn't cripple it in any way and with Belle it is sweeter than ever. Devices like N8 actually needs an OS like Symbian or Android not some other OSes which limits what you can do with it.

My brothers N8 became even worse following Anna, as have basically everyones who happen to own one at my uni. Lets not mind the fact that they were basically forcing themselves to restart 3-4 times a day if you actually wanted to use it for more than the bare basics, calling sometimes don't even bother to do anything when you try to make a call, the keyboard is still slow, music database corrupting itself and needing to be deleted, random freezes and closes, etc etc etc etc.

Add to that, Symbian software still isn't upto par on responsiveness or fluidity, let alone stability. It would have been much better off with Anrdoid... or anything else. How the N8 would have been crippled with Windows Phone is beyond me, the N8 was mostly about the camera anyway.

Haha I accidently 'liked' your comment.

~Johnny said,

...Add to that, Symbian software still isn't upto par on responsiveness or fluidity, let alone stability. It would have been much better off with Anrdoid... or anything else.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCWAV7KAFn4

~Johnny said,

How the N8 would have been crippled with Windows Phone is beyond me, the N8 was mostly about the camera anyway.

N8 is a multimedia monster. Content creation, consumption & manipulation. Without the connectivity and multimedia features of Symbian, such a device will be pointless IMO. Lack of these connectivity and multimedia features is what primarily keeps me off from Windows Phone. Currently for us Symbian folks Windows Phone looks like a feature phone OS. Yes Mango is better than where it was a few months ago but it still has a long way to go before I'm pleased.

FMH said,
720p?! Disgusting. Even my year old iPod can do that!

front camera does 720p video, the article doesn't specify the video resolution of the rear facing camera.

duddit2 said,

front camera does 720p video, the article doesn't specify the video resolution of the rear facing camera.

Front-facing? Wow, now that's impressive!

Why not record a 1080p movie? Why is this limited to 720p? Don't get me wrong, 720p is still very good but with a 13 MP camera, it's more than capable to shoot in 1080p.

UndergroundWire said,
Why not record a 1080p movie? Why is this limited to 720p? Don't get me wrong, 720p is still very good but with a 13 MP camera, it's more than capable to shoot in 1080p.
It says the FRONT facing camera is able to shoot at 720p. No mentions of what the rear camera is capable of.

tsupersonic said,
It says the FRONT facing camera is able to shoot at 720p. No mentions of what the rear camera is capable of.

It should be able to record 1080p on both cameras, at the same time, then allow you to edit a movie and have a built in projector for sharing.

tsupersonic said,
It says the FRONT facing camera is able to shoot at 720p. No mentions of what the rear camera is capable of.

I missed that it says front facing. Thanks.

This is nothing more than a marketing gimmick. We all know that after 7-8MP, it can actually make pictures worse if the lense, aperture, etc don't let in enough light.

Astra.Xtreme said,
This is nothing more than a marketing gimmick. We all know that after 7-8MP, it can actually make pictures worse if the lense, aperture, etc don't let in enough light.

I don't know. I could imagine but I don't know

Well maybe they've actually done some good design work? Lets not forget, Sony where the first people to get BSI senors working on mobile devices over 2 years ago, something that greatly helps in low light - and allows higher megapixel images within a similar area without sacrificing quality. I wouldn't put it past them to actually put in a great camera - they do have a rather large camera division after all, and somebody has to innovate at some point. Phone camera's aren't just going to stagnate at 7-8MP for the forseeable future.

~Johnny said,
Well maybe they've actually done some good design work? Lets not forget, Sony where the first people to get BSI senors working on mobile devices over 2 years ago, something that greatly helps in low light - and allows higher megapixel images within a similar area without sacrificing quality. I wouldn't put it past them to actually put in a great camera - they do have a rather large camera division after all, and somebody has to innovate at some point. Phone camera's aren't just going to stagnate at 7-8MP for the forseeable future.

Ugh. If you ask me, phone cameras stagnated at 2 MP. They still look pretty crumby.

Skwerl said,

Ugh. If you ask me, phone cameras stagnated at 2 MP. They still look pretty crumby.

I suppose you haven't used an iPhone 4S, HTC Titan, Galaxy S2/ Note nor an N8? They all produce pictures remarkably better than most of the recent competition, with extra detail in the pictures to make the megapixel count mean something.

Sony has very good sensors. Sure, the amount of MP is a bit ridiculous, but I've seen pictures taken with it and they are simply very high quality, the best around atm.

Huge resolution numbers mean nothing when the lens sucks and the 14MP picture could be outdone by a 3 megapixel picture on a proper camera.

Caleo said,
Huge resolution numbers mean nothing when the lens sucks and the 14MP picture could be outdone by a 3 megapixel picture on a proper camera.

yea, i'd rather have 5mp and a really high minor noise ISO level... and fast shots, i hate waiting a second for it to snap the pic!

Caleo said,
Huge resolution numbers mean nothing when the lens sucks and the 14MP picture could be outdone by a 3 megapixel picture on a proper camera.

Yes yes, we've heard this before countless times. However Sony have a pretty decent track record at high quality high performance camera so it's unfair to judge it before it's even released.

Hollow.Droid said,

Yes yes, we've heard this before countless times. However Sony have a pretty decent track record at high quality high performance camera so it's unfair to judge it before it's even released.

But, nonetheless, phone cameras have small ccd or cmos sensors, which impacts more the quality of the image than the number of megapixels.

Hollow.Droid said,

Yes yes, we've heard this before countless times. However Sony have a pretty decent track record at high quality high performance camera so it's unfair to judge it before it's even released.

Unfortunately the last couple we've owned have omitted an image stabaliser option compared to previous generation models.

sviola said,

But, nonetheless, phone cameras have small ccd or cmos sensors, which impacts more the quality of the image than the number of megapixels.

And your assuming that they;re just jacking up current technlogy to fir the specs? Maybe they've added some new technical innovations to help here? Heck, it may even just end up with an N8 sized camera, no problems there with seeing the benefits of a 14MP camera :3.

Caleo said,
Huge resolution numbers mean nothing when the lens sucks and the 14MP picture could be outdone by a 3 megapixel picture on a proper camera.
I am sure u can't find a 3MP camera that is better than a 14mp one...be real.

Also, Sony makes cameras, I am sure it won't suck.

TechieXP said,
I am sure u can't find a 3MP camera that is better than a 14mp one...be real.

Also, Sony makes cameras, I am sure it won't suck.

They can put the same sensor from a 3MP camera into a different body and call it a 14 MP camera the produces huge, grainy, blurry oversampled photos like any camera phone on the market today.