LG confirms 12MP cameraphone this year

LG confirms 12MP cameraphone for this year
LG confirms 12MP cameraphone for this year

LG has used the announcement of the Viewty Smart launch to re-confirm it plans to bring out a 12MP cameraphone later this year, the news TechRadar brought you exclusively in February.

Speaking to Jeremy Newing at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, he told us that the company was 'absolutely' going to be making the next step in mobile photography.

Newing said to TechRadar: "We'll very much be releasing a 12MP camera phone... it's the same when you're buying a car, if you've got two equal cars then you'll obviously go for the one with the bigger engine.

Huge amounts of data

"However, it's important that people realise when taking 12MP images, they'll be using huge amounts of data, and it will be more difficult to do things like send such files."

We assume that means that the next phone will be packed with much more storage to facilitate such a high level of memory-hungry photos, possibly around the 32GB level.

LG announced today that the new phone will be launched later this year, and will come with 'even more smart features', something Newing elaborated on when he spoke to us.

"We will do that [bring a 12MP cameraphone] and add differentiation, through things like beauty enhancer and smile shot."

The new phone will be in competition with Sony Ericsson's Idou, which was also announced at MWC, which has a 12.1MP sensor and will also be the first to carry the new 'Entertainment Unlimited' branding.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.