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Panasonic CM10 camera loses the phone function

Panasonic has launched the Panasonic CM10, which is notable for cutting smartphone functionality from the range.

The Japanese manufacturer launched the Panasonic CM1 back in 2014. Here was a device that provided a unique cameraphone experience with the emphasis, for once, on the ‘camera’ part of the equation.

The company has taken that emphasis even further with its follow-up, the Panasonic CM10. While it looks similar to the CM1, this new camera cuts out the smartphone function altogether.

Otherwise, the CM10 seems set to be very similar indeed to the CM1. It has a Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 4.7-inch 1080p display – all just as it was with the CM1.

The big difference here is that the Panasonic CM10 will not enable you to make voice calls. This is despite the fact that it comes with a SIM tray for 4G LTE connectivity.

Presumably, that SIM will be used for wireless photo uploads and even a little internet browsing. With Android 5.0 said to be running in the background, you’ll presumably still be able to use apps and play games, too.

The star of the show remains that camera, which once again features a 21-megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor. That’s huge for a smartphone, and pretty big even for a point and shoot.

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The camera also features a VENUS Image processing engine and a 28mm f/2.8 Leica lens.

Panasonic hasn’t revealed any details on pricing or availability just yet, but it could be a little cheaper than the CM1 given the lack of a full phone capability.

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