AT&T has just announced that it plans to offer Samsung’s Galaxy Camera, the first camera in the world to be powered by the current version of the Android processor (Jellybean), for sale in the United States starting tomorrow for $499. In an earlier announcement, AT&T said that, in America, the camera will use the HSPA+ connection and not the faster 4G one.
Chris Penrose, senior vice president of AT&T Emerging Devices division, said that “wirelessly enabling Samsung’s Galaxy Camera will create a significant shift in how consumers share and communicate with photos and videos,” continuing with “we’re excited that the AT&T wireless network will help enable these opportunities.
Dale Sohn, President of Samsung America, declared that “Samsung has defined a new category of mobile devices.”
So, what of the Galaxy Camera?
According to Samsung, anyone familiar with an Android smartphone or tablet will feel at home right away with the new Galaxy Camera as it is capable of the same things any other Android-powered gadget is capable of doing, which includes browsing the Internet via wi-fi, uploading images to the web, downloading apps and games, and sending images to another Android device. It should also be noted that the camera can also download photo-related apps, too. The basic idea: one can now combine the full functionality of Android with a real camera.
Outside of its operating system, the Galaxy Camera packs some pretty impressive features for a point and shoot. First of all, there’s the 21x zoom lens, very impressive in of itself and even more so when packed into a camera the size of a phone. As for the LCD screen, it is the Galaxy standard 4.8 inch, touch screen version, the same as on the phone. Other features include 35 photo editing tools, a smart auto mode, a ‘smart content manager’ function, and full HD video capability. Last but not least is a real treat for the real techno geeks: voice command control.
Want one yet? Well, this not being a true camera offered by a camera manufacturer, one will need to contact your local AT&T retailer in order to purchase a Galaxy Camera. Oh, yes, there is the Internet, too.
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