Polaroid is reportedly preparing to launch a new Android-based camera called the IM1836. This device will allegedly be the follow-up to the SC1630 Smart Camera that they unveiled back in January during CES.
For the new camera, Polaroid is said to have partnered with Sakar International. Together, the two companies are offering what is dubbed as the “world’s first compact interchangeable lens Android camera.”
Details of the device have not been officially announced, neither by Polaroid nor Sakar International. However, much information about the device has leaked online, in the form of images and the list of key specifications. These were spotted on a press release on Dealerscope magazine as well as a Russian social networking website.
The IM1836 is expected to be packed with an 18.1-megapixel image sensor. It will have a 3.5-inch touchscreen display and a microSD card slot. Some of its features are recording in HD, blink detection, pop-up flash, and panorama mode. There will also be support for connectivity via Wi-Fi and HDMI. As for the version of Android, the camera will possibly have Android 4.0 out of the box.
The camera’s leaked images show that it sports several physical buttons on its rear, and physical holds for slinging the camera around one’s neck. On its front, one finds a release button for its interchangeable lens. Other notable details include a thumb bumper and a physical shutter button.
Those familiar with the Nikon 1 J2 will probably find some similarities between the designs of the two devices.
There is no word yet on pricing or availability, but Polaroid may give some announcements during CES, when the device could be officially showcased.
It would be recalled that other companies have released Android-based cameras in the past, including Samsung and Nikon. It appears that this kind of device, once a novelty, could still get more electronics manufacturers interested to release their own versions.