updated 01:25 pm EDT, Sat August 25, 2012
Described as Galaxy S III merged with point-and-shoot
Samsung is said to be preparing an Android-powered point-and-shoot camera next week. An anonymous source tells GSMArena that the Galaxy smartphone maker will reveal the Samsung Galaxy S camera alongside the Galaxy Note 2 in Berlin on August 29. The new camera has been described as something akin to "a Galaxy S III glued to the back of a point-and-shoot camera."
The device is said to feature no physical buttons on the back, instead bearing a touchscreen with the Android 4.0 interface. It is said to be one-and-a-half to two times thicker than a Galaxy S III, though that detail is questionable given the device's purported imaging power. It will reportedly feature a 16MP sensor and 10x zoom, with a pop-out Xenon flash and a curved right side aimed at improving its ergonomics.
The camera will reportedly come with two connectivity options: Wi-Fi only and 3G+Wi-Fi. Samsung is said to be in talks with an assortment of carriers for the 3G connectivity.
The new report meshes with previous reports that Samsung was looking to roll out an Android-powered camera. In February, Samsung filed for a Samsung Galaxy Camera trademark with the USPTO.
The new camera would join a number of other Android-powered cameras that have rolled out over the past few months. In January, Polaroid unveiled its SC1630, a point-and-shoot running Android 2.3.4, which Electronista went hands-on with but wasn't especially impressed by. Earlier this week, Nikon introduced the S800c another point-and-shoot model running also running Android 2.3.