Verizon and Samsung are teaming up to offer a LTE capable variant of the Galaxy Camera. This news shouldn't come as a shock, especially considering we've covered it here before, on more than one occasion.
The Galaxy Camera will be available online via the Verizon Wireless website starting Thursday (Dec 13, 2012), and for a whopping $549.99. That's a pretty hefty price to pay for a camera, even if it does include Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and full access to the Google Play store.
There's absolutely no mention as to whether or not the camera will be offered in stores, so for now plan on ordering one from the website.
In case you haven't heard about it before, the Galaxy Camera is a standard 16.3 megapixel point-and-shoot with a 4.7" HD display. The added bonus here is that it works just like a smartphone and comes with Android 4.1 out of the box, right along with full internet capabilities. This will allow you to directly upload your pictures to various social networks or cloud storage accounts through a wireless cellular or Wi-Fi connection.
Verizon even decided to be nice and keep the service cost for these babies relatively minimal, after you pay off that initial price tag, of course. With a Verizon Share Everything plan, you'll be able to add-on the Samsung Galaxy Camera for just $5 per month. That's not too bad, depending on your personal definition of "nickel and diming".
Regardless, it's time to look under those couch cushions and check your pockets for spare change if you want one, unless you're frugal with your money then you probably have some stored away.
For reference, I've included the full spec list and the press release after the break.
Verizon 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Camera specs:
- 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
Full text of Verizon press release:
Connected devices are a new way to think about wireless beyond smartphones and tablets.
Having your smartphone or tablet connected to 4G LTE means you're constantly ready and one step ahead. When a great idea comes to you, there's no need to wait, you can save it as a note on your smartphone, e-mail it to a friend or share with the world.
Now, innovative technology is bringing 4G LTE connectivity to additional personal devices, such as the camera. Available online starting Dec. 13, Verizon Wireless will offer the Samsung Galaxy Cameraâ„¢, the first 4G LTE camera in the world. With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, high performance photography, and Verizon's 4G LTE network, the Galaxy Camera allows users to shoot, edit and share high quality images and video.
Social media enthusiasts will be able to connect to their accounts through their camera and upload pictures and videos of outings, concerts and parties as they happen. Shutterbugs and bloggers who post images on their sites will be able to upload photos over 4G LTE instead of waiting to use their computers at home.
The Galaxy Camera features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD touch screen and runs Android Jelly Bean, so users have full access to Android apps from the Google Play store like Instagram.
This is all combined with other high quality features such as a 16-megapixel lens, 21x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilization for clearer pictures even while moving.
The Galaxy Camera will be available for $549.99 and come in two colors, Cobalt Black, exclusive to Verizon Wireless, and White. Users will be able to add the Samsung Galaxy Camera to their Share Everything account for the promotional price of $5 per month.