There’s a lot of action going on today. First, Sony announced 5 devices, just some time back, and now, Samsung has been announcing a lot of stuff. Here’s two Android devices – one is the Galaxy Note 2, successor of the successful Galaxy Note, and the other is ..wait for it.. a camera. A dedicated camera. Samsung calls it the Galaxy Camera. Nikon announced a camera running on Android, a few days back, and what I sense from these two launches is that they’re shit-scared about Nokia’s PureView. Not just the 808 PureView, but the PureView technology itself. It’s evident enough, but I digress.
First up is the Galaxy Note 2. The original Galaxy Note was quite a success, although that screen size can be daunting for some people. It’s also the S-Pen which attracted people, so yeah, here’s the successor in all its glory. The best bit about it – it’s running the latest version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean. Of course, TouchWiz is still there, and it will always be, but who cares if it’s Jelly Bean? Nice one, Samsung.
The specs are pretty awesome too.
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz on top
- 5.5″ Super AMOLED display, HD resolution – 1280×720 pixels
- 1.6 GHz Quad Core Exynos processor
- 8 MP main camera, front facing 1.9 MP camera
- 2 GB RAM, 16 / 32/ 64 GB storage, microSD card slot
- Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, HDMI out
- 3100 mAh battery
The S-Pen has been revamped a bit, with thickness being increased, and there will be a floating video player as well, like on the Galaxy S3. It will be available in Asia, Europe and Middle East markets starting October, with US scheduled to get it later.
Next up is the Galaxy Camera. Yes yes, it’s a camera running Android. And Jelly Bean at that. Here are the specs –
- 16.3 MP sensor, 23mm f/2.8 lens with 21x optical zoom
- ISO from 100 to 3200
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 4.7″ Super Clear Touch display, HD resolution – 1280×720 pixels
- 1.4 GHz quad core processor
- 8 GB internal memory, expandable with a microSD card
- 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, HDMI Out, GPS, Bluetooth
- 1650 mAh battery
Samsung has also customized the interface and the camera app to suit the needs of the users – there will be a Smart Pro Mode, and Photo and Movie Wizard apps, to let you edit photos and videos, and no, they won’t be the normal photo/video editors. There’ll be special settings.