Here's how we assume the conversation went at Samsung when talking about the connection abilities for the latest Galaxy Camera:
- Executive #1: So we've got this great new camera in production, and people are going to be able to upload their images right from the device using their cellular connection!
- Executive #2: That's great! Obviously we're going to need to add 4G LTE built-in to make it easy to upload such large files.
- #1: Nope.
- #2: But…what are we going to use?
- #1: HSPA+, that should be enough.
- #2: I really think we should reconsider…
- #1: You're fired.
Cut to a few months later and 'Executive #1' has a great idea! They should add 4G LTE to the next round of cameras in the US, like they already did in Europe! The board room erupts in applause and the world keeps turning. However it really happened, Samsung has heard the cries of the masses and decided to up their game with a new version of the Galaxy Camera that's slated to hit the Verizon Wireless network, though no official dates have been set by either company.
The FCC released the American 4G LTE report for the newest version of the device, used exclusively on the Verizon 700MHz band. Anytime you're not in a Verizon signal you're going to have to rely on Wi-Fi to get those family vacation photo's uploaded to Facebook ASAP! So, if you're looking to appease your grandma and force your friends to show mild interest in your family vacation shots at blazing 4G speed you're in luck, as long as you have Verizon service or are willing to grab a new plan.
Here's the spec list:
- 1/2.3â€³ BSI CMOS sensor with 16.3 megapixels
- Can shoot full 1080p HD video
- ISO 100-3200
- 4.7 inch HD Super Clear Touch Display (308ppi)
- 1.4GHZ Exynos quad-core processor
- 8GB internal storage with MicroSD card slot
- WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, and 4G connectivity
- HDMI out
- 1650mAh battery with battery life reported up to 7 hours
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Complete access to Google Play Store
- Frame weighs just 0.67 pounds
So is this enough to make you pick up a smart camera, if you haven't already? Is it going to take more than Android integration and a fast connection to make you carry a second device everywhere you want to take a picture? Samsung is banking on the fact that smartphones take mediocre pictures most of the time, but only time will tell if consumers are bothered by that fact.