CES 2014: Samsung Unveils Galaxy Camera 2 with NFC Photo Sharing and Android 4.3

Samsung has just revealed its second-generation Galaxy Camera.

The latest Android-powered camera from Samsung features updated design, a new processor, NFC, but keeps the original’s lens, sensor, and great 4.8-inch screen. Photo: Samsung

The market for cameras is full with numerous devices, but Samsung’s Galaxy Camera was noticed, discussed and used when it arrived back in 2012. That attention likely benefited the Wi-Fi-only version that followed in 2013. And now the Korean company introduces Gen. 2.

Like the first generation camera, the Galaxy Camera 2 runs Android operating system, has wireless connectivity, and is operated primarily through controls on a large, 4.8-inch touchscreen.

The new device features a new design, its developers have made the process of taking photos even easier as weel as sharing them. This time Samsung is promising a camera that can take even better photos in the first place — potentially making up for one of its predecessor’s weakest points.

“Though the Galaxy Camera 2 has the same 16-megapixel resolution and fairly small 1/2.33-inch sensor size, the device includes a new image processing system that Samsung tells us should be able to turn out better looking photos. The camera also includes a 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and a battery that’s estimated to last over 350 shots,” The Verge writes.

“It’s running Android 4.3, and in addition to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the new Galaxy Camera also includes NFC connectivity. For now, Samsung isn’t saying whether there will also be a model with 3G connectivity like its predecessor had, but further details could come when the company announces specific regional availability.”

By the way, according to recent reports, the just released Galaxy Camera 2 is not the last Samsung’s device to be introduced in January of 2014.

The Galaxy S5 will see its official announcement in January, sources claimed back in December.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 release is reported to come in the first month of the next years, according to a new report in Korean media which asserts that the Korean company’s executives are loose-lipped about plans to bring an iPhone 5s competitor to market quicker.

The reports comes at time when Galaxy-maker is already talking about a 64-bit processor for the new version of the popular device and rumors of a metal Samsung Galaxy S5 are circulating.

The Korean tech giant is also reportedly skipping fingerprint sensortechnology for its next model, though a recent report claimed it was part of the Galaxy Note 3 before Samsung pulled the feature.

If previous reports are true to live, Samsung is developing a new look for its handsets called “Design 3.0,” in which future handsets such as the Galaxy S5 would feature an aluminum exterior, writes The International Business Times.

“In addition, Samsung is reportedly shopping for suppliers to mass produce metal chasses for the Galaxy S5 prior to its rumored second-quarter 2014 release. More specifically, the Galaxy S5 is expected to be unveiled around March, similar to its predecessor the Galaxy S4,” the publication adds.

The new version of the famous smartphone is predicted to feature an updated 16MP camera with enhanced low-light performance and optical image stabilization.

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