We had previously come across many rumors that Samsung was going to launch a camera which would run Android as its operating system. Earlier this month, Samsung Galaxy Camera was spotted at the FCC for the approval process. The camera device in question is running Android, so obviously many of its features will be based on internet data. The FCC filing revealed a set of two devices – the EK-GC100 and the EK-KC100, and what was interesting is that both the devices featured HSPA-based 3G radios on the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands. Those bands are incidentally used by AT&T and some Canadian carriers, so we suspected if the device was coming to AT&T. The suspense was however cleared by AT&T themselves and they made it official yesterday that Samsung Galaxy Camera was indeed on its way to AT&T’s network.
We have certain idea about the specs and now that AT&T has officially made it clear that the device will be offered by them, the only thing that remains unknown is the price tag. There’s no clue about what the final pricing of Galaxy Camera in U.S. would be, but we can get an idea from the Germans because the price of Samsung Galaxy Camera has been confirmed for the German market.
According to the report, the device will be hitting the shelves of German market as soon as end of October. What’s interesting is the price. This Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered camera will be launched with a price tag of 599 Euros. Now, that’s a recommended retail price and would obviously vary depending on the final vendor. 599 euros roughly converts to about US $782, which is definitely a hefty price tag for a kind of camera it is. Actually, at that price range, one can actually buy a good entry level DSLR camera, and it will obviously have more image shooting power than what Samsung is offering, but at the cost of Android of course. You surely won’t be able to browse internet, upload your photos to facebook and play Angry Birds on your DSLR.
If you haven’t followed the specs of Galaxy Camera, it will be featuring a 4.8 inch HD Super Clear LCD display with a 21x optical zoom lens and a super-bright 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, running on a quad-core 1GHz processor. In addition to that, it will also have something called “Smart Pro Mode technology” which basically allows the user to toggle through a series of pre-set options and this feature aims to make the photo taking experience a breeze.
There’s no news if there will be a 4G version coming to U.S., but Samsung has already said that it will be manufacturing both 3G and 4G versions, so we expect 4G to be supported in the later iterations if not present in the launch device. The device is a great answer for Nokia’s 808 Pure View phone which features a massive camera sensor. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know using the comment form below.