After the success of the hybrid between the tablet and a smart phone AKA phone-let the Samsung galaxy note, Samsung is determined to bring more and more variety to its list of hybrids and thus the announcement of the of Samsung galaxy camera in august 2012. Although it does not exactly replicate a phone because it does not support SIM card.
Features Of Samsung Galaxy Camera
Expected release date of the hybrid is expected in the end of 2012 to early 2013. Featuring HSPDPA 850/900/1900/2100 in 3G network and LTE network in 4G. But the lack of SIM card support and hence GSM voice communication is bound to raise a question or two in the mind of the buyer.
Body actually doesn’t matter as far as the hybrid is concerned because although it sports the OS of a smartphone, it features the body of a camera.
Nevertheless, the hybrid’s body dimensions were about 128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1mm which clearly depicts that the phone would look-wise be more sort of a camera rather than a smart phone. Weighing 305 grams, the hybrid is not at the lighter side at all too.
Super clear LCD capacitive touchscreen indicates that the pictures will be crisp with better viewing angles. Resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels indicates that the phone is capable of showing HD quality pictures and videos. A 4.8 inches screen with ~306ppi pixel density defines the mix between smartphone and camera. Protection is also well offered with the addition of corning gorilla glass 2 and the obvious features include Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UI and multitouch.
The phone cannot be connected to GPRS or EDGE network but Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with dual band and Wi-Fi hotspot can be used to connect to the internet.
The speed can go upto HSDPA 5.76 MBps and HSUPA 21 MBps. Bluetooth v4.0 and micro USB 2.0 are also the secondary features added.
The best part of the hybrid is the superb camera quality that it offers. A massive 16MP camera coupled with the 21x optical zoom is just too hard to resist.
A plethora of features are added along with the camera such as pop up xenon flash, AF light, autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and optical image stabilization. 23mm wide angle lens supports recording of full HD 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second and 720p HD video recording at 120 frames per second.
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Hardware and OS
At the heart of the hybrid lie the 1.4GHz quad-core cortex A9 processor and Exynos 4412 Quad chipset. 8GB of internal memory ensures that the user never runs out of space for installing the enormous number of android apps available. 1GB or RAM keeps the interface smooth but can lag at times, 2GB would be sufficient at this one. The various sensors include accelerometer, gyro and compass. GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS and JAVA with MIDP emulator are secondary additions. The latest android 4.1 jellybean comes as the cherry on the cake
No word has been out on the battery yet. But it is said that it will be a standard Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery.
Hence it is clear that the hybrid will feature the best of both worlds, the crystal clear camera quality and the android 4.1 to keep it smart. But the mystery of battery life and lack of GSM communication proves to be the chink in the armor.
Price Of Samsung Galaxy Camera
The price of Samsung Galaxy Camera is approx $630 in UK.