Altek announces 14MP Android smartphone for Europe

Imaging technology company, Altek, has announced the Leo, an Android smartphone with an HD 14 megapixel camera.

Leo, which will be available from the first quarter of 2011, currently needs channel partners in Europe.

“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. Leo is the product of design know-how that comes from years of creating breakthroughs at Altek in digital imaging technology, integrated with the Android smartphone system.”

Leo doesn’t skimp on the features users have come to expect in today’s crowded smartphone market. That includes a generous 3.2 inch WVGA multi-touch screen, for easy input. Each phone ships installed with Google’s Android 2.1 (Eclair) mobile OS, allowing simple access to email, web browsing, and social media services like Facebook YouTube, and Flickr. Leo keeps you connected with WiFi, Bluetooth and 3.5G (HSPA/WCDMA) wireless and network protocols.

Leo’s built in GPS makes navigation and geotagging images a snap. Accelerometer, digital compass and handwriting recognition all contribute to what this smartphone can do. Also, Leo’s memory is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.

Digital imaging and video are where Leo really shows its teeth. Few smartphones can deliver a comparable set of photographic features that start with a 14 megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens. HD, professional quality images are always a click away. Leo also shoots crystal clear 720p HD digital video, capturing life’s memorable moments anytime and anywhere.

“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.”

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