The next generation of Samsung’s Galaxy Camera, rumored to be the Samsung SM-C1010 or Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, has made its way to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group or SIG for certification.
A device carrying the Samsung SM-C1010 model arrived at the regulatory body this week. Recent rumors from SamMobile had indicated that the Galaxy S4 Zoom and the SMC-1010 were in fact the same device and could be released as early as June.
It’s possible that the Samsung SM-C1010 could be the camera-centric Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom that recently leaked and may indicate an announcement or release soon. Devices using the Bluetooth wireless standard are required to submit to certification by the Bluetooth SIG before they’re sold to ensure that they won’t interfere with other wireless devices.
Recent reports had pegged the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom as a smartphone that features many of the advanced photo taking functions of a point-and-shoot camera. Reportedly, these included a 10X optical zoom which could change the nature of imaging on smartphones, if successful.
Though smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy S4, HTC’s HTC One and Nokia Lumia 928 boast sensitive lens for taking increasingly breathtaking photos, none of these offer a physical optical zoom. Instead they rely on the device to digitally zoom in on a certain area that it sees. This results in a huge loss of quality depending on how far away the object is the user is trying to zoom in on. In some cases objects zoomed in on become near illegible.
The aforementioned Samsung Galaxy Camera arrived on Verizon Wireless last year, and included a 21X optical zoom, and mobile data connectivity using the company’s 4G LTE wireless data standard in addition to WiFi. Together with the device’s 4.8 inch touch screen and 1.4 Ghz processor, it was among the first cameras designed specifically to bring many of the technology advances made in the smartphone industry to bare on the camera market.
In addition to its smartphone internals, the Galaxy Camera featured Android 4.1 –the same operating system as Samsung’s smartphones at the time. One thing it wasn’t able to do was place phone calls, pulling the practically of actually using the device into question. At $549, some users found that it just wasn’t as great as taking photos with a traditional camera in that same price range.