CES 2014 is just a couple of days away, but some companies are too impatient to wait and tend to unveil their latest devices earlier. Samsung is one of those companies that unveil the Galaxy Camera successor to show how serious they are to get more market share in hybrid devices.
Judging by the official pictures, Galaxy Camera 2 is really more beautiful than its predecessor thanks to its new and fresh design, and there are some improvements in hardware and software aspects as well.
Galaxy Camera 2 General Specifications:
- 132.5 x 71.2 x 19.3 mm, 283 g
- 4.8-inch Super Clear 720p LCD display
- 1.6GHz Quad Core Processor
- 2GB of RAM, 8GB of Internal storage, microSD card support
- WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, GPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
- Android Jelly Bean 4.3
- Li-on 2000mAh Battery
- 16.4MP Camera
- 21x Optical Zoom Lens, 23 mm Wide Angle
- Full HD 1920x1080 @30fps Video recording (720P@60fps)
- Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
As we are talking about a Camera and a Smartphone in a hybrid device, we should expect a device with the power of taking high quality shots, and the ability to edit and share them on the go. Speaking of high quality shots, as Galaxy Camera 2 features a 1/2.3" BSI sensor along with a 21X optical zoom lens with OIS technology and Xenon flash light (It pop ups just like old cameras), you should expect some vivid, bright, colorful and detailed pictures.
The 2000mAh battery promises a long shooting experience, while 2GB of RAM and Quad-core processor are taking care of the speed and smoothness.
The newly added connectivity option, NFC, helps you share your shots easier than ever, thanks to the Tag & Go feature and you have also some other sharing options on the table to transfer, which are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and of course using a cable.
Since we are talking about a Galaxy device, then we should expect tons of other features to be accessible by the user, and since we are talking about a camera we should expect more photography tools and options.
Apart from the usual TouchWiz features, like Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON, Story Album, Paper Artist, S Voice, and Google and Android Jelly Bean services and applications, here are some software features for more convenience photography experiences:
Tag & Go: As mentioned, this feature uses the NFC connection to pair with other NFC-enabled devices to let you share your shots by just a simple tap on the screen. (Read: How to Send and Receive Files via NFC)
Photo Beam: It automatically sends the picture you are already viewing, to other paired devices
Remote Viewfinder: It connects your Galaxy Camera to another smartphone, and you can setup your camera from your phone.
Smart Mode: There are 28 different shooting modes to choose, from Beauty face and Kids shots to Waterfall, Animated Photo, HDR and so many more. Smart Mode Suggest goes one step further, as it analysis the scene, lighting conditions, and other environmental condition to suggest the best shooting mode.
Slefie Alarm: One of the 28 shooting modes is about taking Slefie shots, and this mode takes 5 continuous shots, so you can choose the best one.
What about the price, release date and market availability?
Well, there are no confirmed details (nor unconfirmed ones) and we just have to wait some more days to get the official details during the CES 2014.