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Panasonic’s Lumix CM1 is an Android powered cameraphone with a 1 inch sensor

Panasonic Lumix CM1

Cameraphones are in the trend lately, with the likes of the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy Camera taking things to the next level. And Japanese manufacturer Panasonic is the latest to make an entry in this segment with its unique Lumix CM1 camera oriented handset. Unlike conventional cameraphones, the Lumix CM1 packs an enormous 1 inch sensor and has a Leica lens, making it an industry first.

At first glance, the device is essentially a point and shoot lookalike, complete with the minimalistic design, but it’s a lot more than that. The smartphone is running Android 4.4 out of the box and has a 4.7 inch 1080p display, a quad core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM as well as a 2,600 mAh battery.

Panasonic is using a 20-megapixel camera here which promises to rival the best in the business. It makes use of a mechanical shutter and has a manual ring control as well, which will give shutterbugs the feel of a conventional old-school camera. The 1 inch sensor on the device makes it the largest to be packed on a smartphone till date, so the company has broken new ground with the Lumix CM1.

The device will set you back by €900 ($1164), so it’s certainly not going to go easy on your wallets. The device will be available for purchase in France and Germany starting November. Based on the consumer reaction there, Panasonic will expand availability accordingly.

Via: The Verge