Way back in February, we saw that Samsung had registered the name Galaxy Camera. Samsung really likes registering those kind of names, sometimes dozens over the course of just a few weeks, and has a habit of never releasing anything for many of them. Although we were curious at the time if we might see Samsung release an Android-powered digital camera, like Nikon recently did, the hardware never showed up, and we were beginning to think it might be another dud. Well, that’s clearly not going to be the case, as we’ve just learned that Samsung intends to announce the Jelly-Bean-running Galaxy Camera at the IFA today.

The Galaxy Camera will feature a 21x zoom lens and a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for some image quality that should put your phone to shame.

Interactions with Android will take place through the Cameras’s 4.8-inch HD SLCD display, a pleasantly large size for a device like this.

There will be both 3G + WiFi and 4G + WiFi options for connectivity, and for automatic uploads to the cloud.

Just because this is a camera doesn’t mean it will skimp on the processing power. Look for a 1.4GHz quad-core SoC, likely an Exynos. There will be 8GB on-board storage, with microSD available for expansion. The 1650mAh battery may sound a little underwhelming at first, but considering you use a camera only intermittently, as opposed to the continuous use a full-on smartphone gets, it might just suffice.

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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