The entrance of Smartphones has surely replaced compact cameras, but Panasonic has stepped ahead and brought both the camera and a smartphone together in its latest product called the CM1.

Recently, at the Photokina Trade Show in Cologne, Germany, Panasonic announced the launch of its latest hybrid smartphone-camera. The giant sensor enabled camera cum android device carries Leica lens and a 1 inch, 20-megapixel sensor. It’s all up to you as how you look at it – either as a very slim camera or a somewhat heavy android phone. It works great in both the forms.  This has surely eliminated the hurdle of carrying a separate camera with good megapixel to get some good pictures.

The hybrid approach by Panasonic is classically difficult as collaboration of two good things designed to appear as just one is an amazing step. Though it comes with a giant sensor, including lens and its metal ring, to monitor the aperture and the shutter settings, but it does looks bulky in front of contemporary smartphones.   The device comes with Android 4.4 KitKat and use LTE networks. Its storage capacity offers 16GB internal storage, 2GB memory and a microSDXC slot for expandable storage up to 128GB. The processor on which it runs is 2.3GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor.

Panasonic is not the first one to try its hands on hybrid smartphones. A year or so ago, Samsung also came up with a hybrid smartphone in the form of Galaxy Camera, but it didn’t went well with customers.

Though hybrid smartphones have not succeeded previously, but still Panasonic hopes that CM1 will be able to make its place in the market and people will love to make it as their actual phone.

The 11.9cm touchscreen Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-CM1, which has a dedicated switch that flips the phone into camera-mode, is expected to go on sale towards the end of 2014 with a price tag of 900 euros. It will go on sale only in Germany and France.