We’re about a week away from Mobile World Congress, and Samsung has thus far announced five new devices. The first forth are not even worth talking about, the REX feature phones that look like Galaxy phones, but the fifth one is slightly more interesting. It’s basically the Galaxy Camera we all know and love, except that it doesn’t have a SIM card slot. In other words, it’s a WiFi only Galaxy Camera. This one line from Samsung’s press release is all you need to read:
“The GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) has all of the innovative and practical features that the GALAXY Camera offers but without a 3G/4G connection.”
When is this thing going to hit the market? We have no idea. How much cheaper is it going to be compared to the model with cellular connectivity? Samsung doesn’t say. Should you buy this thing? Not really.
Look, we appreciate Samsung entering new product categories, and the connected camera category is certainly an interesting one, but it’s early days. Similar to how the second generation Note fixed just about everything that was wrong with the original, we expect the exact same thing to happen with the Galaxy Camera. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a Galaxy Camera II get announced at some point during the latter half of this year.
What else can we expect to see from Samsung before February comes to a close? There are rumors floating around that there will be an 8 inch Galaxy Note/Tab, but other than that … we’re not that sure. Samsung is going to host their own event on the 14th of March to show off the Galaxy S4, so next month is when all the exciting stuff should be announced.