Samsung Pixon 12 review

Do more megapixels make for a better mobile?

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It's not hard to see what Samsung is trying to do with the Pixon 12 M8910, a mobile that's more camera than phone. However, it's important that when doing something like this it shouldn't be more about the camera than anything else - it should be about the phone as well, with a camera a decent effort on the back of it.

It's for this reason we've got high hopes for Sony Ericsson's Satio, with its 12MP snapper and the Walkman innards to boot - Samsung better hope that stays off the shelves for a while longer.

We liked

The OLED screen is gorgeous, and the build quality of the phone is of a decent standard too. The camera is obviously a very good performer, and the addition of an extra video light is a nice touch as well.

We disliked

The price is where the Samsung Pixon 12 M8910 really lets itself down, as post £500 is just too much. The responsiveness of the touchscreen still isn't there, and the video is only so-so, despite so many features running to improve it. The lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack is also criminal - surely it wouldn't have been that hard to add?


A nice enough effort from Samsung, but it's not going to break any sales records, despite being a world's first. We're all for innovation, but the world's first 12MP cameraphone seems to have forgotten about the phone aspect of the alliance in some respects. A decent alternative to a point-and-shoot compact camera, but not worth the money to ditch a separate device altogether.


Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory150 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time3 Hour
Product ModelGT-M8910 Pixon12
Screen Size7.9 cm (3.1")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)119 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeEmail, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height107.9 mm
Width53 mm
Depth13.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time250 Hour
Product NameGT-M8910 Pixon12 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeOLED
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-M8910MKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • GT-M8910 Pixon12 Cellular Phone
  • Battery
  • Travel adapter (charger)
  • User manual