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We hear a lot of rumors around here, and it's not always easy to decide which ones to cover. Some we cover just because of how ridiculous they are, but usually we stick to ones we think hold merit. This one, though... well, I just can't decide which category it falls into, but it might be a little of both.

A tipster has told GSMArena that Samsung will announce a Galaxy S III-esque point-and-shoot alongside the Note 2 at IFA next week.  Think a Galaxy S III that's just under twice as thick (which, let's be honest, would still be pretty thin for a camera) and packs "a 16MP sensor and 10x zoom, with a pop-out Xenon flash and a curved right side aimed at improving its ergonomics." The chuckle-inducingly bad name will apparently be Samsung Galaxy Camera. Sounds reasonable enough, right?

Where they lose me is that the camera will come in two flavors: WiFi only, and 3G+WiFi. I find it hard to believe that, especially when the prices of 3G/4G tablets have been so high and sales so weak. In the US, especially, where most consumers are already being gouged by AT&T and Verizon, it's hard to imagine people are looking for even more ways to fork over some cash every month.

There are other factors to consider. As mentioned by Electronista, Samsung filed for a trademark on the name "Samsung Galaxy Camera" back in February, and we've seen two Android-powered cameras in recent memory: the Polaroid SC1630, and Nikon Coolpix S800c.

All told, I think it's likely we'll see an Android-based camera from Samsung. I'm just a little iffy on the details above. Luckily, we won't have long to find out, as IFA starts in just under a week.

Update from Artem: One of our trusted sources confirmed that an Android-based Samsung camera does exist, giving this report additional credibility, though we don't have any further details at this point.

[Source: GSMArena]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://meercat9.com/ Billy Moffat

    This is seriously going too far. Can't Samsung cut all of the extra devices and put their focus into less products per year? Why do they need a Galaxy S2 Plus when they have a Galaxy S3 for example?

    • DCMAKER

      here here

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I believe the expression is "hear, hear." #grammarnazi

        • DCMAKER

          lol god i suck at grammer and spelling some times

          P.S. if anyone is a dense as me sometimes the error was a joke

    • http://twitter.com/KrautMcFriend KrautMcFriend

      Who the hell cares? Is someone putting up a gun to your head, making you buy it? They are a business -- their main purpose is to make as much money, with as many products as they can.

      • http://meercat9.com/ Billy Moffat

        Yes, but when they make these crappy niche products, it detracts from the products that they already have. If they halved the number of products they release running Android, they might be able to update them before the device is obsolete anyway.

        • DCMAKER

          very true...or at least work on some good old cost reductions by stream lining stuff

    • ari_free

      I'd rather see a SGS3 with a keyboard than this camera

    • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

      I think its better to ask why they need all those "Plus" units. Those Plus units are meant to replace the original units in the market and I still don't see how introducing them makes sense. They already have the Galaxy S2 and it would really make a perfect mid-range option today. They have the S3 for the high-end market, they could just downgrade the S2 to mid-range and they need to figure out what to offer for the entry level. They already ditched the original Galaxy S (GS) so they need to offer a basic phone that has better specs than the GS with JB on release. They can keep offering basic Android phones like the Galaxy Y family for the budget conscious if they want but if I paid a lot of money for their flagship, I'd expect premium support. These Plus models only makes it harder for Samsung to support their older phones.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    One of our trusted sources confirmed that an Android-based Samsung
    camera does exist, giving this report additional credibility, though we don't have any further details at this
    point.

  • Aniket Patni

    I really don't see how this is a bad thing. Atleast Samsung is (also) trying to experiment and push different products in the market. Releasing something like this is sensible. Releasing 34534 different phones that look exactly the same, isn't. Yeah, I'm talking about the Galaxy Mega, Fame, Plus, blah blah.

    There will obviously be detractors and naysayers, but I have a feeling there is potential in this idea, if not this specific product itself. There are a ton of really smart and creative people out there who will do wonders with an extremely capable camera with a pretty powerful OS inbuilt.

    Though yeah, the thought of playing Temple run on a DSLR is pretty funny! But that again just outlines the possibilites. No limitations can also be a good thing!