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Samsung Launching Wi-Fi Version of Galaxy Camera

Samsung Electronics announced in Thursday the launch of its Wi-Fi only version of the Samsung GALAXY Camera here in the States. Based on Google's Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" OS, it follows the 4G-enabled version released last year, packing the same hardware specs but drops the SIM card support. That means the price drops too, bringing it down to $449.99 compared to the 4G version's $499.99 pricetag at AT&T and $549.99 pricetag at Verizon.

“The GALAXY Camera Wi-Fi blends cutting-edge digital imaging technology with Samsung’s latest line of class-leading Android devices,” said Ron Gazzola, Vice President, Marketing for Digital Imaging, Samsung Electronics America. “Focusing on features that simplify the user experience, the GALAXY Camera Wi-Fi offers an intuitive approach to feature-rich photography, without the need to be constantly connected.”

On the hardware side, the camera packs a 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 1 GB of RAM and a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear Touch LCD screen. On the camera side, it features a 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor with a 21X optical zoom. And thanks to Android, this combination makes it super easy for users to take photos, edit them with their favorite apps, and share them via Wi-Fi with family and friends.

New to this camera is a Photo Wizard tool comprised of 35 editing features that take advantage of the camera's HD touchscreen. The Smart Content Manager makes a return, packed with organizational tools for creating folders, tagging pictures, deleting edits and more. The Paper Artist app allows users to stylize and edit their photos with options to create new images that appear to be sketch-drawings or watercolor paintings.

"An innovative Smart Mode places camera settings at users’ fingertips, letting them fine-tune and adjust settings like shutter speed, aperture and exposure by simply manipulating sliders on the screen," the company said. "The GALAXY Camera also offers a selection of different scene modes to help users define the appropriate settings for a particular scenario, whether they want to capture flowing waterfalls, an action-packed sports event, and more."

The new Wi-Fi version of Samsung's GALAXY Camera will be available later this month for $449.99 at and authorized Samsung retailers.

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