Panasonic has never had much success with smartphones, but shocked everyone in September when it announced the Lumix CM1, a hybrid high-end camera and smartphone. Pansonic equipped the Lumix CM1 with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor, f/2.8 Leica lens, manual control ring and mechanical shutter, allowing it to compete with the best point-and-shoots on the market. The phone portion didn’t disappoint either, with a 4.7-inch 1080p display, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage plus microSD card slot, 2600mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.
While the device originally seemed destined only for a European launch, Panasonic announced today at CES 2015 that it will be bringing the Lumix CM1 to the United States. The Lumix CM1 will be available this summer as an unlocked GSM device that will work with both AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks. Pricing is set at $1000, making it pricier than most phones, but about what you’d expect for a very high-end point-and-shoot.
Are you interested in purchasing the Lumix CM1?