Samsung have announced that they will be releasing a Wi-Fi only version of their innovative Android-powered Galaxy Camera.
Like the 3G/4G version, the Galaxy mashes up an Android device running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a decent camera to create a powerful, flexible and well connected snapper.
The camera boasts a 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor with a 21x optical zoom starting at a usefully wide 23mm, while around the back there’s a 4.8-inch 720p HD display.
Inside, there’s a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD slot, and the camera comes with a slew of smart shooting modes.
Initially, we weren’t so sure abut the viability of this Android/phone combo, but seeing folks using them to edit their pics and videos on the fly for instant upload at press launches and news events, we’re convinced.
Frustratingly, the company didn’t trouble itself to announce pricing or availability, but with the 3G/4G models starting at $499, we reckon they’ll be hovering around the $250 mark.
Here’s the press guff:
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd today launched the Samsung GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi), the newest addition to the GALAXY Camera lineup. Like the original GALAXY Camera, the GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) combines high performance photographic features with Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, making shooting, enjoying, editing and sharing images from a single device easier than ever before.
The GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) has all of the innovative and practical features that the GALAXY Camera offers but without a 3G/4G connection. This makes the GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) more affordable for a user who does not need the always- connected benefit of the GALAXY Camera. With the GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi), users can use the dual-band Wi-Fi technology embedded in the device to share photos with family and friends through email, social networks or mobile communication services like Samsung ChatON right from the device, as well as enjoy the luxury of backing-up pictures instantly to cloud services when connected.
With a 21x Super Long Zoom lens and a super-bright 16M BSI CMOS, the GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) combines superior compact camera hardware with a simple and comfortable design. Taking professional-looking images is made easy with 19 different integrated Smart Modes, which allow users to choose from a series of preset scenario options such as Light trace or Action freeze to ensure the perfect shot is captured every time.
The GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) revolutionizes photography with its Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, providing the familiarity of the largest Smartphone OS with advanced picture taking ability. Users can customize their camera and choose which of the 700,000＋ Android™ apps from Google Play they wish to download.
For enjoying and editing images, the GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) boasts a large and vivid camera display – a 4.8” (121.2mm) HD Super Clear Touch Display. The GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) comes preloaded with powerful photo and video editing tools, ‘Photo Wizard’ and ‘Video Editor,’ allowing for professional style edits to be made right from the GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi).
Connectivity for the Samsung GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) is supported by a quad-core processor that enables fast web-browsing and multi-tasking, as well as high-speed image processing without a significant impact on battery life. The stylish curves of the camera’s ergonomic design further aid image capture by placing all of the key controls right at your fingertips.