A new device surfaced on the Bluetooth website, and it looks like it just earned Bluetooth 4.0 certification. The device might just be a new Samsung Galaxy Camera, but this time around it looks like we will get more than just an internet-ready camera. As you can see from the image below, the device is listed as a "mobile phone" under the product type. It's possible the device has been mislabeled, but we don't know for sure.
Alternatively, it probably suggests that the device is a new Galaxy Camera model with integrated phone features like voice calling support.
The new device has a model number of EK-GN120, or at least that's what was listed on the Bluetooth SIG log. As you can see from the image, the first result that pops up is clearly labeled as a Samsung Galaxy Camera.
The original Galaxy Camera was quite popular when it store shelves, so this new model probably will be too. After all, who wouldn't want a 16MP point and shoot equipped with a touchscreen display and internet capabilities? Since it's running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and it has full access to the Google Play store you can also install a plethora of apps on it, just like a smartphone or tablet.
Think of all those photo and image editing apps available in Google Play. Now imagine if you had access to all of them with a quality point and shoot camera. Yeah, now you can probably see why the original Galaxy Camera was so appealing.
Since the Bluetooth certification appeared yesterday, we can probably expect to see this device unveiled at IFA 2013 right alongside the Galaxy Note 3. If a new Galaxy Camera does exist, than this probably won't be the last leak we'll see. Stay tuned for more information.
How many of you own the original Samsung Galaxy Camera? Would you skip picking up a smartphone if it turns out that the new Galaxy Camera does include phone capabilities? Would you run it alongside your daily driver instead?
I, for one, find the device very appealing but I'm not quite ready to shell out the money for a traditional point and shoot camera, when my smartphone works just as good.
Source: Bluetooth SIG