By Stephen Schenck | January 2, 2014 1:28 PM
As we were rounding-out last month, an unexpected follow-up to an unusual Android arrived on the fringes of our radar, with an Indonesian database revealing Samsung’s work on an apparent sequel to 2012′s Galaxy Camera. After 2013 only brought us the expensive Galaxy NX, we were curious to see how a more affordable, consumer-focused model might arrive. With not much evidence to go on, we had no idea how long it might be before Samsung made this device official, and as it turns out, it’s not wasting any time: the first Samsung Android of 2014 to launch is none other than the Galaxy Camera 2.
So, what’s new? Well, the processor gets a boost – we know it’s a quad-core 1.6GHz chip, though Samsung has yet to reveal precisely which. The display sounds the same as before – another 4.8-inch 720p panel – and the camera still offers a 21x optical zoom and a 1/2.3 inch 16-megapixel sensor. Perhaps we’re missing the bigger picture (no pun intended), but just from these numbers, it doesn’t sound like the Galaxy Camera 2 makes a ton of improvements upon its predecessor. That said, it does get more internal storage, moving up to 8GB, and doubles its RAM to 2GB. We also see support for modern connectivity, like via NFC, and the battery grows to 2000 mAh.
Will those changes be enough to attract consumers? Honestly, it’s going to be all about imaging performance, and until we can put this baby though its paces and learn if the seemingly unchanged optics really do hide some hidden improvements, it would be premature to call. Luckily, Samsung will have the camera on-hand at the CES, so we should be getting that opportunity very soon.