Looks like Android has made its way into another category of devices thanks to Samsung. The operating system which powers smartphones, tablets, TVs, gaming devices, microwaves and cameras has now been incorporated into a camera with interchangeable lenses.
Last year Samsung had announced the Galaxy Camera which was a point and shoot Android based camera and now the Korean company has gone one step further by announcing the Samsung Galaxy NX which is a new, mirror less, Android-based camera in its NX camera line which has interchangeable lens options.
While simple point-and-shoot cameras have built-in optical zoom lenses, advanced cameras have detachable lenses that can be swapped out, depending on a photographer’s needs.
When it comes to specifications, it runs on Android 4.2.2, has a 4.8? HD TFT LCD display, a 1.6GHz quad core processor with separate image signaling processor, hybrid autofocus, and a 20.3- megapixel sensor. Samsung will initially offer 13 interchangeable lenses from the NX series, including a brand new 10mm fish eye lens. The camera comes with 30 smart modes similar to those included in the Galaxy Camera and its other NX cameras.
The device will also include an interchangeable 4,000mAh battery, microSD slot, HDMI out, MicroUSB, and HDMI out and an external microphone port.
The back of the NX camera is buttonless, and uses a 4.8-inch capacitive LCD touchscreen to perform functions.
While this camera would almost definitely not appeal to the usual customers it is aimed at enthusiasts and event photographers who are used to spending on lenses, and want to immediately share batches of photos to the cloud.
Other Devices Launched at Samsung Premier
The Galaxy NX was not the only devices announced by Samsung at its Samsung Premier event and it showcased a number of other products.
With regards to the its flagship device the Samsung Galaxy 4, Samsung announced one more variant the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini to add to the already existing Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. It also said that the Galaxy S4, will now come in five new colors – Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, Red Aurora, Brown Autumn and Pink Twilight.
The company also unveiled two new tablets – the Ativ Q and Ativ Tab 3.
The Ativ Q is a convertible device that runs both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2. It lets user seamlessly switch between the two – Windows and Android. Users will not only get access to Android apps via Google Play but also be able to transfer files from Windows 8 to Android. It weighs 1.29kg and is 13.9mm thick. The Ativ Q has world’s highest resolution, QHD+ (3200×1800) display. The Ativ Q is not the first dual boot Android device. There are already other products like the ASUS Transformer AiO.
Samsung claims the Ativ Tab 3 is the world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet. It measures 8.2 mm thick and weighs 550g. Both the above tablets come with support for the S Pen and SideSync which enables users to switch from working on their PC to an Android-based Samsung smartphone.
Samsung also announced three new Windows 8 PCs under the ATIV brand – the Ativ Book 9 Plus, Ativ Book 9 Lite and the Ativ One 5 Style.