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.