Android-powered mirrorless Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 to be unveiled on June 20, CEO says
Samsung is holding an event on June 20, which it’s calling “Premiere 2013”. We’ve known for a few weeks that the Korean company would be showcasing both Android and Windows Phone offerings. However, most of the devices we were expecting to see unveiled next week have already been announced by Samsung ahead of time, in a rather interesting strategy. Undoubtedly, the Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will be there for people to play with, but they’re already official. So does that mean that there will be no actual news on June 20?
Not quite. It turns out that Samsung will use that event to unleash the Galaxy Camera 2. This will obviously be the successor to the original Galaxy Camera from last year, which is basically a point-and-shoot camera that runs Android. The Galaxy Camera 2, however, will be higher-end, sporting a mirrorless design. Thus it shall become the first mirrorless camera to run Android. And it will nicely complement the Galaxy S4 Zoom in Samsung’s nascent portfolio of Android-powered cameras (the S4 Zoom being the midrange device, while the Galaxy Camera 2 will take care of the high-end).
This will clearly be a niche device, but it signifies that Samsung is really serious about taking Android to a whole new category of hardware. Samsung Mobile boss JK Shin (pictured above) confirmed to The Korea Times that the Galaxy Camera 2 will be mirrorless, and that it will see the light of day on June 20.