As Nokia begins shipping the 12-megapixel Symbian-based N8, the web is alive with talk about a 14-megapixel Android phone called ‘Leo’.
We feel it is important to clear up a few things. Firstly, the story is based on an announcement made in June of this year at the CommunicAsia trade show in Singapore. That means the phone isn’t brand new, which is why the Leo only comes with Android 2.1 (although FroYo is on the cards).
Secondly, manufacturers like Samsung have been making similar handsets for years. We haven’t seen them in the UK because Samsung didn’t feel they were suitable for our market.
Altek hasn’t got a name in the UK, so it seems even more unlikely that the Leo will come here. Of course, that’s not to say you couldn’t import one from Taiwan, where the company is based.
If you do seek one out, you will get a handset that has an industry-leading 14-megapixel CCD camera, with 3x optical zoom, Xenon flash and HD video capture.
This is more camera than phone, which is just like all of those Samsung efforts that you can’t buy here.
Spec wise, the Altek Leo has a 3.2-inch 480×800 pixel display (with 16.8 million colours), 3G/HSPA for data speeds of 7.2Mbps down and 5.76Mbps up, plus the obligatory features for any Android phone that include GPS and Wi-Fi (including 802.11n).
In other words, the specs are just fine and the camera will probably be amazing. The problem is, you’re just not going to get one unless Altek can succeed in getting at least one network operator or distributor interested.
We’re interested, and if you are then let us know.
More info: www.altek.com.tw