Polaroid Unveils Android-Powered SC1630 Device, Casually Features 16MP Camera

What do you get when you combine Polaroid’s legendary history with the power of the Android OS? You get an intriguing new camera concept introduced at CES of course. Polaroid is looking to make a new mark in photography while utilizing 21st century technology by introducing the SC1630 Smart Camera. The SC1630 has some breathtaking features as well. For starters, Polaroid has managed to squeeze in a 16MP camera with 3x optical zoom, a 3.2-inch touchscreen and WiFi capability. All of these noteworthy features will look to fully harness the full potential and power of the Android operating system. An example of this is full and complete access to the Android Market— meaning you’ll be able to score any of the photo editing, camera, and photobooth apps which users can then use to create almost limitless possibilities with snapping pics and photos.

With a 16MP camera– I’d be willing to bet that most people are ready and willing to jump on the phone if available to them. Speaking of which, there’s no word on the exact release date of the camera. The only thing we can expect is the SC1630 Smart Camera to be “available in 2012”— meaning we probably won’t be expecting to take those high quality pictures using the cool camera anytime soon. Hit the break for the full press release from Polaroid. Read more

Samsung announces 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor for smartphones

It has been rumored that HTC is working on a phone with a 16-megapixel camera. We already have proof that Motorola has a 13-megapixel in the works, and now Samsung  just announced its new 1/2.3-inch 16 Megapixel (Mp) CMOS image sensor – the S5K2P1 – with Samsung’s advanced 1.34 micrometer (um) backside illumination (BSI) pixel technology.

“As the adoption rate of CMOS image sensors in the digital still camera market increases, market demand for imagers such as the S5K2P1, which provides clear and fast video, is expected to grow in 2012,” said Dojun Rhee, vice president of System LSI marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. “Introducing advanced high-resolution imagers based on BSI pixel technology supports further adoption of Samsung CMOS imagers to compact digital camera and camcorder applications.”

The S5K2P1 is optimized for compact mobile CE devices and is suited for premium smartphones. It supports native 16:9 video at up to 8.3Mp resolution at 60 frames per second. For point-and-shoot images, the maximum resolution is 16-megapixels at 30 frames per second without shutter lag effect.

Full press release after the break:

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WIN of the day – Hello Kitty Android super-phone

Softbank, the mobile carrier in Japan surprised us yesterday with the announcement of a Yahoo phone running Google’s Android OS; yeah, strange. Things just get weirder. Today the Japanese carrier brings us the Hello Kitty branded Aquos. For this special Hello Kitty edition, owners will have the privilege to enjoy Kitty themed menus, screens, icons, mail, calculator, alarm clock, and more. Although the phone is heavily branded with Hello Kitty, there is a Snoopy theme as well. While it may be cute and glamorous, don’t be fooled. The Aquos is a beast. Aside from being the world’s first Android flip phone, you’ll find that the Aquos has

  • Gingerbread 2.3
  • 1Ghz 2nd gen Snapdragon processor
  • 16MP camera with 1280×720 HD video recording
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR
  • GPS
  • Micro HDMI
  • microSD/SDHC slot (shipped with a 2GB card inside)
  • waterproof body
  • digital TV tuner
  • digital wallet function (Felica/RFID)
  • infrared port
  • Blu-ray recorder connectivity

Ladies, many of you commented on our previous article about the HTC Bliss with outcries for pocket powerhouse, so I look forward to reading your comments in response to this device. Guys if you think you’re too cool to rock a Hello Kitty phone, it’s also available in plain blue.

[via Engadget]