Rumor: Samsung to unveil Android-based Galaxy Camera at IFA
Despite Samsung’s recent misfortune, stemming from its patent lawsuit trial against Apple, it looks like the Korean electronics manufacturer isn’t backing down from pumping out new Android-driven products.
This time, however, we’re not talking about a new smartphone or tablet, rather a rumored point-and-shoot camera that Sammy will supposedly unveil at IFA in Germany next week, along with what we think will be the Galaxy Note II.
Word has it, the camera is based on the Galaxy S III and runs about twice the size of the phone, in terms of thickness. It will feature ”a 16MP sensor and 10x zoom, with a pop-out Xenon flash and a curved right side aimed at improving its ergonomics.”
One thing that does raise a red flag, however, is that the camera will be available in two different versions: WiFi only, and 3G+WiFi. I’m a bit skeptical that anyone would consider buying into a data plan only for a camera, especially at the cut-throat rates we’re seeing from carriers these day. Of course, having Android as the device’s operating system does qualify it as more than “just a camera” though, doesn’t it?
So what will this camera be called, considering there’s any truth to this rumor? The Samsung Galaxy Camera (of course) which, as our friends from Android Police point out, is a name Samsung filed a trademark for back at the beginning of this year.
With Unpacked kicking off on the 29th, just before IFA, we don’t have much longer before the cat is out of the bag and there’s no longer any mystery. Until then, we want to know your thoughts. If the Galaxy Camera truly does come in a 3G+WiFi model, would you buy it, and which carrier(s) would you like to see it end up on?