There's only one thing more pointless than an eight megapixel cameraphone: a twelve megapixel cameraphone...
Yes in an effort to keep up with the competition/ram an even more needless resolution down our throats Samsung has announced the 'Pixon 12' (M8910) - a ground breaking new way to use up your memory cards.
I've said it before, so I'll just copy and paste: "more megapixels does not make for better picture quality. In fact, it can make for far worse picture quality - and at far larger file sizes - if the processing behind the image isn't up to scratch. Given this isn't yet the case with dedicated compacts it's all rather pointless cramming them into camera phones with horrendous lag. 5MP is fine, just fix the engines behind them!"
On the plus side, at least with a Xenon flash you'll get half decent exposure, plus the two second picture time is better than most while auto-focus tracking, smile shot, etc make their usual appearance.
That out the way the rest of the handset is more interesting with a 3.1in AMOLED touchscreen display though much like the meaningless megapixels, it sports a very high dynamic contrast ratio (the other no-proof-of-quality spec) measured at 10,000:1. On top of this you'll find HSUPA, WiFi, GPS, an FM tuner and 720 x 480 30fps video capture. On board memory is a rather pitiful 150MB but it will sport the (outside Cupertino) ubiquitous microSD slot.
No news on a 3.5mm jack (*screams*) or size/weight but expect the larger sensor to add something to the weight of the 107.9 x 54.6 x 13.8mm and 121g of the original Pixon (M8800). After all, falling for marketing fluff comes with an Idiot Tax.
The Pixon 12 will touch down in Europe this month and I kid you not when I say I've a nine year old 2MP Canon Digital Ixus which knocks spots off any cameraphone yet released. When it does eventually lose out I'll be quiet. Until then can we all agree this is getting rather silly...