Samsung: How about we slap a 16MP camera with Xenon on the back of a Galaxy S III (rumor)

Samsung: How about we slap a 16MP camera with Xenon on the back of a Galaxy S III (rumor)
Now here is a wacky rumor - a tipster has reportedly seen a device that Samsung is prepping to unveil next week at the IFA 2012 expo, alongside with the Note II, that converges the Galaxy S III, save for the calling part, and a camera.

The shooter is about to sport the same 4.8" HD Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy S III on the back for a viewfinder, with no physical buttons to get in the way. The reported resolution is 16MP, with 10x optical zoom, and the point-and-shoot reportedly runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. No specifics about the chipset are given, but considering that there will be no cellular connectivity for voice, just for data, Samsung would have very well gone for its own Exynos brand of processors.

Mockup

Mockup

As for the design of this Galaxy S III-inspired camera, it is going to be thicker than the phone, of course, but the source says just 1.5-2 times thicker, which would be an engineering marvel, considering the alleged 10x optical zoom and a pop-out Xenon flash the device has been tipped to sport.

Nikon recently outed an Android-laden camera, so we are waiting with bated breath if the next week's Samsung announcements will follow through.

source: GSMArena

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33 Comments

1. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

That design looks speet. But they should make sure it's landscape oriented.

6. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

that looks like the galaxy s iii with a camera case

13. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That's the point. Plus why make a new device when they could just use the parts already in production

15. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

basically, it's just a "smart camera". Doesn't have calling capability. Just have some 808 pureview instead of this, atleast, IMO.

19. megaSUNNY

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

no way! it cant compete with that pureview camera.But it will be good news for android users surely.

7. MeoCao unregistered

Can it compete with PureView?

17. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

not even close. 808 pureview is on par with DSLRs. P&S are far from close.

18. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

-___- smartphone cameras are not on par with DSLRs. OK?

21. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

ohh. okayyy sirrr.

28. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

with those from lower levels, are...I mean, is=808

25. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

@neutralguy I beg to differ, my friend. Just because it's a "40+" megapixel camera phone it doesn't mean it can be on par with dslrs. Plus I can name a lot of p&s cameras that would make the 808 pics look like instagram.

26. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

okay. I agree, i know my comment's too exaggerated when saying it's on par with dslr, but all i can say is and a bit sure that 808's technology can beat most p&s. It's not only because it of the sensor my friend, but also on what they did on that sensor. PureView tech is an amazing innovation in camera tech.

27. ph00ny

Posts: 1985; Member since: May 26, 2011

Spot on I LOL'd so hard at the notion that pureview was on par with DSLR

29. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

don't choke with your ignorance

24. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Interesting. I wonder if Sammy's new toy is positioned against the Sony Cybershot line? At least Apple can't claim that Sammy is copying what it (Apple) already invented.

2. Osman

Posts: 44; Member since: May 07, 2012

lol seriously???

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2347; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Better patent, that idea ... evil is lurking.. lol

4. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Nokia pureview 808 killer.the phone should be as thick as pureview 808.

8. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

This is not a phone

11. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

You can't compete with Nokia's 41MP marvel. Have you looked at the detail of its photos? Check GSMArenas camera comparison tool for a glimpse at just how good it is. Not going to argue that the software would be better and that Sammy can't make a good camera, but they can't touch the 808 on that front.

5. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Yet another avenue for android expansion,a different niche of customer but strengthening the user base

9. Dunknown

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I don't think Samsung should waste their time develop this type of camera phone. Samsung doesnt even has the best quality lens like Nokia and SOny has.

31. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Nokia has great optics and perfectly shaped lens. Sony doesn't. If they did their handsets would make much better photos. Sony is doing the same mistake as htc. Depending on cpu and gpu power instead of biuld a decent camera module. Overprocessing ruins image quality.

10. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Pureview (41mp) isn't that big...then 16mp phone will be a lot thinner than this rendition!!!

12. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

And what kept them from doing this 3 years ago (if true)?

14. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Well probably cause there was no way of knowing if there was a market for it. After the success of the pure view they probably figured it was worth a try like the note. Well if ruger is true

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Inspired by nature again?

20. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

i think it'd be safer to assume it's inspired by PureView.

22. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Xenon flash was a big thing during the camera war days on smart phones. Now it's just a thing of the past. Its all about power nowadays, how much power can an OEM put in a phone. Seems as thoughl the camera wars is starting to resurge.

30. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

you have no bloody idea whar are you talking about. There was a pool a few days ago. Many users ticked camera as a one of the primary function in their smartphones. You really think LED flash is good enough? Then you've never used xenon. Therefore you are wrong. Period.

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