Samsung AMOLED 12M Official: 12-Megapixel Camera Phone Has 3x Optical Zoom

Is the AMOLED 12M (aka SCH-W880) a camera first, phone second? I mean, we've seen 12-megapixel phones before, but it's the first with 3x optical-zoom, has a camera-like grip, and Touch Auto Focus controlled via the 800x480 3.3-inch AMOLED screen.

Samsung AMOLED 12M Official: 12-Megapixel Camera Phone Has 3x Optical Zoom

As a camera, the AMOLED 12M also has 720p video recording (30fps), image stabilization, face detection, and a Xenon flash. But Samsung hasn't said too -much about the phone side of things-even though it now says it will hit Korean stores next month.

From all reports, it's likely the phone will use the TouchWiz UI, and have UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a slot for microSD cards.

Samsung hasn't mentioned any plans for the phone outside of Korea, but it's early days yet. [Sony Hub and Crave Asia]