Newsletters
Technology, Discovery & Innovation NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Computing Digital Life Discovery Space More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Digital Life
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Samsung and AT&T Offer a $500
Samsung and AT&T Offer a $500 'Connected Camera'

By Adam Dickter
November 15, 2012 3:08PM

Bookmark and Share
The Samsung Galaxy Camera, first unveiled at the IFA conference in Berlin last summer, features a quad-core, 1.4 GHz processor and a 4.8-inch HD SuperClear LCD screen with a 21x optical zoom lens and 16 megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor for high-quality images. The Samsung Galaxy Camera retails for $500 at AT&T stores.
 



It's not a smartphone and it's not a tablet. But it has the name Galaxy on it, runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), features 4G data speed (with a data plan) and has access to Google Play for downloading Android apps.

It's Samsung's new Galaxy Camera, and it goes on sale Friday for a hefty $500 at AT&T stores. It can't make phone calls, but it does connect to social networks and allows users to edit and quickly transfer photos and video online or to other smartphones and tablets.

Quick Sharing

"A Connected Camera must give users the total freedom to take vivid high quality pictures and videos wherever and whenever they wish and share them instantly through their favorite social networking sites or with family and friends without the restrictions of a conventional camera," said JK Shin, president of the IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. "The Galaxy Camera provides these luxuries and many more."

The Galaxy Camera, first unveiled at the IFA conference in Berlin last summer, features a quad-core, 1.4 GHz processor and a 4.8-inch HD SuperClear LCD screen with a 21x optical zoom lens and 16 megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor for high-quality images close-up and in low light.

"By connecting the Samsung Galaxy Camera through the AT&T wireless network, users can instantly share photos, giving family and friends a glimpse into their favorite holiday moments," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president for AT&T Emerging Devices.

As a promotion, AT&T is offering a $100 rebate on the camera to customers also purchasing a Samsung smartphone with a two-year contract and data plan.

Purchasers also get access to AT&T's Locker photo storage and sharing service, with five gigabytes of free storage. That's enough, AT&T says, for 5,000 average-sized pictures

Available data plans range from a $10 plan for sharing up to 20 GB with other devices on contract, to $50 for 5 GB of stand-alone data.

'Inverse of a Smartphone'

Dazzling cameras are an increasingly crucial aspect of smartphones. Last year, T-Mobile and HTC came out with the MyTouch 4G Slide, with an eight-megapixel camera that had a dual-LED flash and boasted no shutter lag, a problem plaguing many cell phone cameras, in an attempt to differentiate itself from similar devices.

Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, has an 8-megapixel camera with such features as a CMOS image sensor, autofocus, face detection, exposure compensation, High Dynamic Range mode and more. Apple's iPhone 5 also has an 8-megapixel camera, with a five-element lens.

But the Samsung Camera seems to break new ground as a non-smartphone, non-tablet sold through a carrier. It may have limited holiday-gift appeal, though, since it requires a data plan.

"It's the inverse of a smartphone, in fact all it's missing is the ability to make phone calls," said Michael Gartenberg of Gartner Research.

"The idea of ubiquitous connections and an app-driven architecture make sense in a world driven by personal cloud services. Samsung, however, will need to explain this device to consumers and AT&T will need to figure how to train their staff and effectively sell cameras in a store where consumers don't typically buy them."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Digital Life
1.   Hangouts Now More Biz Friendly
2.   Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Plans
3.   Asana Revamps Mobile App
4.   Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
5.   FTC Wants Fix for Mobile Cramming


advertisement
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
Users: stick to apps from Google Play.
Average Rating:
OkCupid Experiments with Daters
Unethical without user consent?
Average Rating:
Apple Digital Book Settlement Set
But company still appealing decision.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Tor Internet Privacy Service Warns Users It Was Breached
You may never have heard of the Tor Project, but the Internet privacy service is making headlines. Tor’s devs say users might be victims of an attack launched against the project earlier this year.
 
Canadian Government Charges China with Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit
It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
 
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
FTC Wants Fix for 'Perfect Scam' of Mobile Cramming
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines to curb “mobile cramming,” a troublesome practice that adds unauthorized third-party charges to mobile phone bills.
 

Navigation
Sci-Tech Today
Home/Top News | Computing | Digital Life | Discovery | Space | Innovation | Health | Science News
Environment
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.