It was really only a matter of time before camera manufacturers began to implement Android into their devices. Nikon was the first to announce such a camera last week with the Coolpix S800c. Now it looks like Samsung might be jumping in.
An anonymous source speaking to GSMArena revealed Samsung's intentions to reveal a camera based on the Galaxy S III this week at IFA. The rumored camera would be a 16MP point-and-shoot and feature Android 4.0. It will also sport a 10x zoom.
The tipster described the phone as being a "Galaxy S III glued to the back of a point-and-shoot." It would feature no physical buttons on the back. As the artist rendering above illustrates, it would quite literally be like having a Galaxy S III attached to a traditional point-and-shoot.
It will also reportedly come in two flavors - Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+3G. The latter is being shopped around to various carriers. It certainly would be strange to see Verizon or AT&T offering a 3G camera that didn't have access to voice. Of course, 3G with Skype could solve that particular problem.
If this turns out to be true, Samsung will have surpassed Nikon's admittedly weak first offering. The Coolpix S800c features only Android 2.3 and 3.5 inch OLED screen. If Samsung's rumored camera is anything like the Galaxy SIII, it will feature a huge 4.8 inch AMOLED screen and a 1.5 GHz dual core processor.
Like with all rumors, it's important to not get your hopes up. Thankfully, we'll find out if Samsung really is making a wonder camera later this week as IFA kicks off on Friday in Germany. It's already guaranteed that the company will be showing off the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Player 5.8 at the trade show.[Image Credit]