Let the wave of new CES 2014 hardware commence. Samsung today announced the Galaxy Camera 2, the follow-up to the original Android-powered point and shoot that it launched back in 2012.
The Galaxy Camera 2 features a 16.3-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and 21x optical zoom, similar to the original Galaxy Camera, as well as the ability to capture 1080p video. Samsung is including a number of photo and video-specific software tweaks with the Galaxy Camera 2 as well, such as 28 different Smart Modes and a Multi Motion Video feature that enables the user to set the speed at which video is recorded.
Around on the back of the Galaxy Camera 2 is a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear Touch LCD display that can be used to navigate the unit’s software combo of Android 4.3 and TouchWiz. There’s a 1.6GHz quad-core processor powering the Galaxy Camera 2, 2GB of RAM and a 2000mAh battery that provides juice to the whole package. Samsung has also included 8GB of built-in storage, though users can supplement that with a microSD card, and connectivity options include 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
Samsung isn’t quite ready to talk pricing and availability for the Galaxy Camera 2, but the original model came in at a price of $449.99, and so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Galaxy Camera 2 launch at a similar price point. There’s also no word yet on whether or not the Galaxy Camera 2 will eventually be offered with built-in cellular connectivity. The good news is that with CES 2014 just around the corner, it may not be long before Samsung’s lips loosen up a bit. Stay tuned.