The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has started early for Samsung, as it did for LG, ZTE and Acer, with the Galaxy Camera 2 precociously unveiled and at least one piece of wearable technology subtly teased on the company’s “Tomorrow” blog.
First things first, let’s see what the GCam 2 brings new to the table. The upgraded smart point-and-shoot runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is two full generations ahead of its predecessor’s OS, packs a beefed-up 2,000 mAh battery, and still manages to shave 17 grams off the weight for a 283g total.
Not too shabby, albeit the profile continues to be a little on the thick side, at 19.3 mm. The display appears to be the same old, same old, with a 4.8-inch diagonal and 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution, there’s no word yet on 4G LTE connectivity, whereas the on-board CPU has been bumped up, but not massively, now rocking four cores and a 1.6 GHz clock speed.
The biggest boost probably comes in the RAM department, as the memory has been doubled to 2 gigs, while the actual camera part of the ensemble looks essentially unchanged. The sensor is the same, at 16 MP, there’s optical image stabilization, a 21x optical zoom lens and neat add-ons like autofocus or AF light.
Samsung naturally raves about improved photo quality, “creative capture”, simpler sharing and easier use, however you probably shouldn’t get your hopes up for noticeable advances in terms of taking stills and shooting video. Don’t expect a price cut either, though nothing’s official on that front yet.
As for wearables, Sammy’s hints might be faint, but they’re there, so it’s definitely not out of the question for CES to bring to light a Galaxy Gear 2. Maybe a Galaxy Band as well, as the gizmo has popped up in a few credible reports of late.
How will the Gear 2 look… if it exists? Will it be cheaper, more functional, less gimmicky? No idea, but Samsung suggests it’s “innovative” and “imagined to use in the future”, so that’s definitely exciting. Just a few days to go, everybody.