We went into Samsung’s event today having already heard about the company’s new GS4-series Androids, but we knew much less about the Galaxy NX. We only first saw the camera one week ago, and heard rumored specs like a 20-megapixel image sensor. Today, Samsung made its second full-on Android-based camera official, announcing the Galaxy NX.
So, why isn’t this the Galaxy Camera 2? Well, it really does make some big departures from last year’s model, and the introduction of support for interchangeable lenses helped elevate this device up to the ranks of Samsung’s NX line of digital cameras.
The Galaxy NX still runs Android like the first Galaxy Camera, and the NX gets the very latest 4.2.2 version. It’s got a 4.8-inch HD display (presumably 720p), runs a 1.6GHz quad-core SoC, and has a separate DRIMe IV image processing chip to handle all the shots you’ll be taking with the camera’s 20.3-megapixel sensor. You’ll be able to get those pics online in a flash thanks to integrated LTE connectivity.
The camera bit supports shutter speeds as fast as 1/6000 of a second, and a continuous shooting mode will grab shots at a rate of up to 8.6 a second. Support for lenses featuring optical stabilization will also help make sure that those shots are nice and crisp, even in low-light conditions.
We’re still waiting for full details on pricing and availability.