Samsung Galaxy Camera Announced; Comes With 16MP Camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Earlier this year, Samsung registered the Galaxy Camera name, which made us to think that Samsung might launch a new camera running on the Google’s Android Operating System, similar to the Nikon S800c. Last week, it was rumored that Samsung might unveil the Galaxy Camera along with the Galaxy Note II at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. Thankfully, the rumor came out to be true!

Samsung finally unveiled the company’s first Android powered digital camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera at the ongoing IFA 2012 event. This device is specially designed for those who wish to shoot, edit and share high quality photographs and video directly from their digital camera. Samsung Galaxy Camera runs on the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Check out the complete specs below.

JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said:
“The Galaxy Camera opens a new visual communication era and shifts a paradigm in communication. With the growth of social networks and the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, people today communicate faster than words. As we increasingly articulate our experiences through pictures and videos the Galaxy Camera has been created to lead the way in this new era of visual communication. Communication becomes more vivid and lively with high-quality images and instant sharing anywhere, anytime.”

Samsung Galaxy Camera features a large 4.8 inch HD SLCD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 21x zoom lens, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1650mAh battery.

Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content at Google, said:
“When we first started work on Android, we envisioned building a smart camera that would take digital photography to the next level. The Galaxy Camera is an innovative product that speaks to the openness and flexibility of the Android platform.”

Samsung Galaxy Camera will be available in Wi-Fi + 3G and Wi-Fi + 4G variants. The price is device is still a mystery. Stay tuned for more updates!

Sony Announces Xperia Tablet S with Remote Control and Multi-user Mode

The Xperia tablet that was introduced to us by the way of leaked slides is now official. A short while back, Sony announced the new Xperia Tablet S at IFA 2012. The new tablet shares a lot of the design traits of the original Sony Ericsson Tablet S; however, there are improvements and tweaks all around.

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The new Xperia Tablet S is slimmer and lighter, and has a diagonal length of 9.4 inches. The specs revealed in the leaked slides were bang-on, and the Xperia tablet comes with an NVidia Tegra 3 chipset, a 1080p IPS display, expandable memory, and 6000 mAh battery. The tablet will hit the shelves with Ice Cream Sandwich; however, a Jelly Bean upgrade is in the works.

The Tablet S is gorgeous and powerful. However, even that might not be enough to guarantee success in the crowded tablet market. And, Sony knows this. The Japanese electronics giant has thrown in quite a few nifty goodies to give the Tablet S an edge.

On the content front, Sony is integrating its multimedia service titled Music and Video unlimited that provides full access to Sony’s online music and video catalogue for a flat subscription fee. 5 GB storage in PlayMemories (Sony’s cloud storage service) is also thrown in.

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On the software front, Sony has added a WatchNow app which will act as your personalized TV guide. It will recommend TV shows based on your social stream and viewing preferences, allow you to checkin to TV shows, and talk about your favorite series over various social networks.

Like its predecessor, the Xperia tablet features an IR emitter, which enables it to act as a programmable universal remote. The improved remote control app now supports macros, which will allow you to pre-configure a sequence of commands.

Finally, the Xperia Tablet S features a guest mode, which is great if you are going to share the tablet with your family and friends. Guests will have their own set of preferences and apps, and can be restricted from accessing certain stuff.

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As you might expect, Sony is also going to launch a host of accessories for the Tablet S. The most attractive among them is the Microsoft Surface like smart-cover, which is essentially a cover that can double up as a keyboard. There is also a docking stand that can come in handy when you want to get some serious work done on the tablet. Both of these accessories will cost about $100. Other accessories include a dock speaker ($130), a case ($80 for leather and $51 for non-leather), a charging cradle ($40), and a stand ($25).

The Xperia Tablet S will launch on September 7 with the 16 GB version costing $400 and the 32GB and 64 GB models going for $500 and $600 respectively.

LG Optimus L9 Announced; Comes With 4.7 Inch Display, Android 4.0 OS

Earlier this year, LG announced three L-Series phones, the LG Optimus L3, L5 and L7 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. Now, the company went ahead and announced another handset in the L-Series range of smartphones, the LG Optimus L9. This handset will be showcased at the upcoming IFA 2012 event in Berlin. Sadly, the Optimus L9 will be shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, instead of the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS.

Dr. Jongseok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company, said:
“The Optimus L9 is a great smartphone that appeals to every consumer. LG will continue to offer differentiated value through the Optimus L9 and strengthen our position in the smartphone market.”

LG Optimus L9 features a 4.7 inch IPS display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB expandable memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, QMemo, QTranslator, Google Play Store and a 2150 mAh battery. This handset measures 131.9 x 68.2 x 9.1 mm and weighs 125 grams.

LG Optimus L9 comes with the QTranslator function which translates words, sentences and phrases with a simple scan from nearly 44 foreign languages to 64 user languages. This handset will also include the QMemo, which allows the users to capture, save and share their ideas with others using their fingertip or handwriting. LG Optimus L will go on sale from next month in Europe, followed by North America, Asia and Latin America. The price of this handset has not been announced yet.

Acer Unveils The Liquid Gallant and Liquid Gallant Duo Smartphones

Acer recently announced the mid-range Liquid Gallant and Liquid Gallant Duo smartphones. These handsets run on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The specs of both the devices are exactly similar, except the dual-SIM capabilities in the Liquid Gallant Duo. These handsets are touted to bring a premium clear and loud sound experience to the users with enhanced Surround Sound.

Allen Burnes, SPBG EMEA Vice President, Acer, said:
“This new Acer smartphone mission is quite simple: bring the best experience to all the modern days’ explorers, which results in creating a very affordable phone with no compromise on performance and usability.”

Acer Liquid Gallant and Liquid Gallant Duo features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, dual-SIM capabilities (Liquid Gallant Duo), 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, USB 2.0, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR, Micro USB, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 250 hrs of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Acer Liquid Gallant and Liquid Gallant Duo will be showcased next week at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. The dual-SIM Liquid Gallant Duo will be the first device to hit the market in September, followed by the Liquid Gallant single SIM variant. The price of both the devices are still a mystery. Stay tuned for complete updates!