By Vamien McKalin | Aug 25, 2012 09:41 AM EDT
Despite the recent setback at the patent trial in the U.S., according to tipster who tipped off GSM Arena, Samsung is hard at work on an Android-based point-and-shoot 16-megapixel camera. This device is said to be very similar to the Galaxy S3, with only the huge lens on the back as the main difference.
The device, according to the tipster, is called the Galaxy S Camera, and it will have a massive 4.8-inch display with no voice calling features. The Galaxy S Camera is 2 times thicker than the Galaxy S3 with a rumored 10x zoom on that massive camera at the back. Expect it to have Android 4.0 as the operating system of choice, which means potential users would have the option to download apps.
There will be two versions of this beast of camera, one with WiFi, and the other with WiFi + 3G. As stated above, the Galaxy S Camera does not have voice features, so forget about calling your friends and family in public.
It is clear this move by Samsung, if true, is a direct assault at the Nokia PureView 808 and the expected Windows Phone 8 PureView device, which is expected to be highlighted at Nokia's September 5 event. On the other hand, this is not the first Android-based camera; Nikon has beaten Samsung to the punch with the Coolpix S800c, which also sports a 16-megapixel sharpshooter.
The Galaxy S Camera could be announced at IFA, along with the Galaxy Note 2, and Samsung's two Windows Phone 8-based smartphones. Our excitement level has gone through the roof. Expect some great innovations from Samsung in the coming months.
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