Samsung Electronics announced a 10-megapixel camera phone to the South Korean market on Wednesday.

The new SCH-B600 camera phone includes 3x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. It also has auto focus and a flash unit that performs optimally for 10 megapixel photographs, the company said.

Like some of the company’s previous phones, the new model looks like a conventional digital still camera from one side, and a bar-type cell phone from the other side. Other features include a tuner for South Korea’s TU Media satellite multimedia service, Bluetooth and MP3 player, business card reader and TV-output.

The phone was first shown at the Cebit exhibition in Germany in March this year and will sell 900,000 won (US$950) in South Korea. There are no current plans to introduce the phone to other markets.

In November of 2005, the South Korea-based firm launched an 8-megapixel camera phone. Samsung was the first company to introduce mobile phones with an embedded camera in 2000.