Amongst Panasonic's big announcements the Photokina show in Germany came a whopper of a surprise. The Panasonic CM1 is a 4.7-inch Android smartphone with a 20-megapixel 1-inch image sensor. This could be the best smartphone camera of all time.

The Panasonic CM1 seems like is a trade show concept, but it will be a real camera that the company plans to actually produce for France in Germany. If the striking design sticks, we could be looking It looks like the leather-clad retro-style camera that Panasonic has been popping out in recent years. In fact, it looks more like a camera than a phone.

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Under the hood it's got a lot of power. The image sensor is the same size as the RX100's beastly chip, which could give the CM1 image quality superior to anything we've ever seen before. Additionally, apparently the little camera can capture 4K video, which is impressive of basically any camera these days, let alone something this small.

Panasonic isn't generally known as a phone manufacturer, but given current trends in photography it's definitely a good idea for the company to get into the handset business to keep its imaging alive. We'll keep you posted if Panny decides to push the CM1 past the borders of Europe any time soon. [Panasonic]

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Update: This post has been updated to reflect Panasonic's intention to release the CM1 in France and Germany.