Oct 03 AT 3:19 PM Nick Gray 22 Comments

Altek Leo 3.5G steps into the Android arena with 14MP camera

Anyone looking for a great camera phone might want to reconsider the current Android power rankings. HTC, Samsung, and Motorola are currently the leading manufacturers of Android phones, but as we have seen over the past few months, the cameras and image sensors simply are not up to par with dedicated point and shoot cameras on the market. If you’re truly in the market for a real Android powered camera phone, you might want to consider the new Altek Leo 3.5G.

For those who don’t know, Altek is the leading ODM of digital cameras. Think of them as the HTC of the camera world (before HTC started pushing their own brand). When it comes to digital cameras, Altek clearly has the upper hand over many of the current Android smartphone manufacturers. The Altek Leo 3.5G will feature a 14 megapixel camera capable of HD video recording, 3.2 inch WVGA capacitive display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3.5G (HSPA/WCDMA), GPS, accelerometer, digital compass and handwriting recognition, all running on Android 2.1.

Since the camera will be one of the main selling points for the Leo 3.5G, Altek will be including a 3x optical zoom lens, smile detection, blink detection, built-in xenon flash and auto-focus assist lamp. We’ll have to wait a bit to see hwo the image quality of the Altek Leo 3.5 actually turns out, but there’s no doubt that Altek is poised to produce one of the best Android camera phones we have ever seen.

Would any of you be willing to purchase an Altek phone in order to get a proper camera on your handset?

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A new king of the smart phone jungle is sharpening its claws for a European debut. Beginning first quarter 2011, imaging technology leader Altek roars onto the continent with Leo, the world’s first Android-enabled 3.5G smart phone to feature an HD-capable 14-megapixel camera. The company is currently seeking channel partners in the region as it prepares to bring Leo to market.

You say that other smart phones have cameras? Leo eats them for breakfast. By starting with the best available digital imaging technology, Altek has built a cutting-edge Android device with unmatched photographic and video capabilities.

Throw your old digital camera to the lions. Leo does it all with image quality and functionality far exceeding anything else in the mobile communication space. Convenience, power and connectivity put Leo at the top of the food chain when it comes to smart phone photography.

“Memorable moments usually happen when you least expect them,” observed Altek CEO, Alex Hsia. “You want to be able to capture those precious moments anytime and anywhere, and Leo is the device that lets you do just that. ” Hsia added, “Leo is the product of design know-how that comes from years of creating breakthroughs at altek in digital imaging technology, integrated with most advanced Android smartphone system.”

Leo doesn’t skimp on the features users have come to expect in today’s crowded smart phone market. That includes a generous 3.2-inch WVGA multi-touch capable display for easy input. Each phone ships installed with Google’s Android 2.1 (Eclair) mobile OS, allowing simple access to e-mail, Web browsing, and social media services like Facebook YouTube, and Flickr. Leo keeps you connected with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3.5G (HSPA/WCDMA) wireless and network protocols. Enjoy high-speed broadband connections via 5.76mbps HSUPA or 7.2mbps HSDPA.

Leo’s built in GPS makes navigation and geotagging images a snap. Accelerometer, digital compass and handwriting recognition all contribute to what this powerful smart phone can do for you. Whether listening music or watching movies, you will discover Leo supports most major audio and video formats. Don’t worry about finding room for your files; Leo’s memory is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.

Digital imaging and video are where Leo really shows its teeth. Few smart phones can deliver a comparable set of photographic features that start with a 14-megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens. High-definition, professional-quality images are always a click away. It doesn’t stop with digital photography. Leo also shoots crystal clear 720p HD digital video, capturing life’s memorable moments anytime and anywhere.

This predator has sharp eyes. Leo’s 3x optical zoom represents a breakthrough in smart phone design by delivering a feature photographers have come to expect from today’s cameras, but not from their mobile devices. It puts users right in the action, opening up a world of photographic possibilities. Whether at 36mm or full 108mm equivalent magnification, Leo takes sharp, vivid images every time. Like its feline namesake, Leo is at home in the dark. Low-light situations are not a problem thanks to Leo’s powerful built-in xenon flash and auto-focus assist lamp.

When it comes to getting the perfect image when you need it, Leo is ready to help with smile- and blink-detection technology. Why wait to transfer photos to a computer before editing them? Leo packs a suite of handy options that allow “editing on the fly,” so users have the image they want before it leaves the camera.

How does the leader in digital camera technology start a revolution in smart phone design? Altek assembled one of the most experienced and dynamic R&D teams in the industry, drawn from tier-one mobile phone manufacturers.

A dedication to excellence in design and quality has made Altek one of the largest DSC ODM companies in the personal electronics field. At the core of Altek’s camera technology is the Sunny 9 digital image processor. It is the brainchild of Altek’s crack team of design professionals–industry leaders and PhDs working to develop latest chip technology to power Altek’s cameras and smart phones.

“The challenge facing Altek’s design team was how to integrate a fully functioning 14-megapixal camera with 3x optical lens while maintaining Leo’s smart phone form factor,” said JS Liang, Altek vice president and head of R&D. “An optical lens requires precision moving parts and mechanisms that ensure the device functions properly, but it also has to be attractive and easy to use. We achieved this without compromising Leo’s look and feel.”

The results speak for themselves: a sleek smart phone that is as powerful as it is elegantly executed.

  • To download Leo photos, please go to www.altek.com.tw/Message/NewsDetail.aspx?id=76

Source: Android Authority

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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    Yes, i would, but would it keep up to date??? And specs?

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    Whenever I can, I carry a small camera because I just can not stand the crappy quality of the camera phones. They’ve come a long way but I still feel cheated when, not having my point and shoot with me, I take a picture that could have been beautiful if taken even with a cheap dedicated camera.

    This phone appeals to me but, apparently, Altek has not been paying attention to what Canon, Nikon and Panasonic are doing. Those guys have abandoned the race for the most Megapixels in point and shoots and have settle in the happy medium of 10 Megapixels. The more pixels you pack into a small point and shoot sensor, the worse the quality of all those megapixels. I wish that before this thing comes out, Altek will swap their specs for a higher quality 10 megapixel sensor.

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      The Nvidia Tegra 2 would be a good candidate for the high-end chip, but I still think that a chip maintaining the basic operations would ensure very little lag even in the face of heavy computing. This is one issue that I find the current device have, significant delays when switching programs. I would definitely wait until well into the new year before buying a new android device, as rapid innovations are sure to outstrip the current devices.

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    The front reminds me of an iPhone combined with the physical buttons of the Droid X.

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    Just let iNgadget review it and it STILL will not manage to beat the iphone 4 in picture and video quality. Even if the leading photography publications love it!

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    I think everyone should know by now megapixels aren’t everything ex all android phones with the 8mp still can’t compare to ihpones 5 mp. For me camera isn’t the biggest selling point.

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    I hope all you guys are wrong and that this thing turns out to be awesome. Whether or not it is, way to raise the bar, Altek!

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    Atleast this phone doesn’t have a .7 mp camera like the one in the new stupid ipod touch.

    Anything is better than the camera in the new ipod touch!!!

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    I also vote for less pixels. If you seriously think 14mp is a good number for a compact camera using todays tech you really have no clue. Anyone into digital photography agrees with we. Kids buying into the megapixel-race may not. I’d rather have crispy and clean 5mp pictures than noisy and grainy 14mp ones.

    And seriously, 2.1? Major showstopper, imo.

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