True to its CEO’s word, Samsung has just officially announced the Galaxy NX. This is basically a mirrorless digital camera that runs Android, has a touchscreen, and comes with 4G LTE support (on certain variants). It also has an interchangeable lens system, allowing you to use any lens that’s compatible with the company’s NX mirrorless camera line.
On the camera front, the Galaxy NX boasts a 20.3 MP APS-C sensor, that supports ISO levels up to 25,600. It can record video in 1080p Full HD at 30 fps, or 720p HD at 60 fps. There’s a dedicated image processing chip in there. The ‘standard’ lens that the Galaxy NX comes with has Optical Image Stabilization.
The software running the show is Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, as you’d expect, and also unsurprisingly it features Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI on top. The camera has a 4.8-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos processor, microSD card support, HDMI out, an external microphone port, and a 4,360 mAh removable battery.
The camera software has been altered by Samsung compared to what you can see in its smartphones. There’s an ‘expert mode’ which lets you manually set everything (people with DSLRs know what this is all about), or a more novice-friendly collection of 30 ‘smart’ modes that don’t require you to tune every setting until you get old. Oh, and all the gimmicks present in Samsung’s standard Android 4.2.2 camera app are there too.
The flash is of the pop-up variety, there’s a shutter button (which also summons the camera app wherever you may be in the interface), a power button, and a multi-function wheel. Those are all the physical controls, for everything else you simply use the touchscreen (by the way, even Samsung’s trademark Home button below the touchscreen is gone, as are the capacitvie buttons that are usually by its side – the Galaxy NX uses software-rendered Android buttons). Embedded below is the first hands-on review of the Galaxy NX, which has already been posted to YouTube.
Samsung hasn’t said anything about a release date or pricing for the Galaxy NX, but don’t expect it to be cheap.
At the same event, the Korean company has also unveiled a bunch of new colors for the Galaxy S4. These are Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, Red Aurora, Brown Autumn and Pink Twilight, as you can see in the image above (which comes courtesy of Android Central). Unfortunately details about availability haven’t been forthcoming just yet, but we’ll keep you posted. As usual, some of these hues may end up being exclusives to one carrier or another in certain countries.