Samsung has already announced the Galaxy Camera 2 right before Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and now they’ve offered us a release date for it too. According to the Korean maker, the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 will be released in mid March and it will carry a price tag of $449.99.
The original Galaxy Camera has been pretty popular once it got released, considering that’s probably the first high-end Android-powered camera and its features are very similar to a smartphone.
The Galaxy Camera 2 is going to come with improved hardware and better specs. It will feature a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor with 21x optical zoom, optical image stabilization (OIS), and an wide ISO range (100-25600). The Galaxy Camera 2 will be powered by a 1.6Ghz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, expandable by up to 64GB through the microSD card slot. Unfortunately only 2.8GB are usable on the internal storage, which means a microSD card is mandatory. Along with all this power comes a 720p HD 4.8-inch Super Clear Touch LCD display.
As it was to be expected, the Galaxy Camera 2 will be powered by Android, but we’re sad to see that it’s the 4.3 Jelly Bean version instead of KitKat, especially considering that the latter is already old by now. On top of that sits SMART 3.0, a group of features like Tag & Go, Photo Beam, and Remote Viewfinder.
Samsung’s press release is also referring to a leatherette retro design, which we’re eager to see. It might be inspired by either the Galaxy Note 3 or by the soon to be released Galaxy S5.
Speaking of connectivity, it features WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (it seems like no ac), NFC, GPS and GLONASS, and Bluetooth 4.0.
Our biggest concern comes from the 2,000 mAh battery, which doesn’t seem enough for both taking photos or videos and using all its other features. But we’ll have to give it a try first and see how long can it live in a stress-test.
You can read more details about the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 on BusinessWire.