Back in 2010, Panasonic, initially started rolling out handsets with the Lumix-branding. The company even manufactured some decent quality phones, too. But, somehow, Panasonic never brought those devices to Indian market.
Now, with the company already selling Android-based smartphone in India, there are prospects of seeing the arrival of the Lumix DMC-CM1 camera-centric handset in the country.
This is the same camera-centric smartphone, which was originally showcased at the previously held Photokina 2014 tech show. The good news is that Panasonic is planning to launch its camera-centric smartphone in India by March 2015.
GizBot has learned through several sources that Panasonic is indeed planning to unveil the Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone in the Indian market sometime in March next year. GizBot understands that the handset could be priced around Rs. 50,000 or even higher, though we're yet to receive a final confirmation on the retail price.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1: Highlighted specifications and features
Getting back to its highlighted features and specifications, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone is a beast. The handset boasts an inch big 20MP sensor, the largest imaging sensor we have seen on a smartphone. Basically, its 1"-type 20MP sensor has the same dimensions as the sensors used in high-end compact cameras with the likes of Sony's RX100 or Nikon's 1 series.
Furthermore, the large sensor is coupled with an F2.8 Leica lens that offers an equivalent focal length of 28mm. The camera-centric smartphone is also capable of recording 4K-video and raw images. And there's a mechanical click-wheel around the lens on the front of the device.
Not just it has some incredible camera features, the rest of the specifications are at par with leading premium Android-based handsets. It sports a 4.7-inch FHD display (469ppi), a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 4G LTE, Android 4.4 Kitkat, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a microSD card expansion, and a 2,600mAh battery pack inside.
Like any other camera-centric phone, the Panasonic-made handset appears to be thicker than usual devices in the same class and it weighs in at 204 grams.
Since Microsoft is expected to release the successor to the Lumia 1020 in the coming weeks, it would be great to see the launch of Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone in India early next year.
While its official price is still a mystery, Panasonic recently informed that they would start selling the Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone in the UK in early December, but in 'limited numbers.'
Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!