Wait a minute. Is that a phone or a digital camera? Company representatives say the Samsung Memoir 8-megapixel cameraphone was designed to look and feel like a customer’s point-and-shoot digital camera.
The phone is coming to the United States exclusively through T-Mobile USA. Reports about the phone circulated for months, with some expecting the phone to land with AT&T.
The Memoir’s 8-megapixel camera comes with Xenon flash, 16x digital zoom and five shooting modes.
Integrated with the phone is Samsung’s new photo widget, which also allows customers to post images taken with the Memoir directly to an online photo sharing source, such as flickr, Kodak Gallery, Photobucket and Snapfish.
“This is the camera phone that will make people want to leave their digital camera at home,” said Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer for Samsung Mobile, in a press release. “When you combine the Memoir’s imaging capabilities, customizable menus and music player, not only is it a great phone, but the entertainment possibilities are unlimited.”
The Memoir sports a full-touch virtual QWERTY keypad and multiple messaging capabilities. It includes a music and video player and built-in Assisted GPS (A-GPS) navigation, which allows customers to use location-based services.
The companies did not give specific pricing information or a launch date, but the Memoir is expected to hit the market later this month.