For those looking for a device that's a camera first and smartphone second, AT&T has just announced that the 4G-connected Samsung Galaxy Camera will be available starting November 16th for $499.99 without a contract. That price is significantly less than the £399.99 that customers in the UK need to pay and the lack of a 2-year contract is also a boon, but actually using the cellular radio inside will still require a data plan. The cheapest option would likely be as an add-on to AT&T's Mobile Share plan at $10 a month (not unlike how the company deals with tablets now), and AT&T is hoping to offset that cost with a $100 discount on the camera if purchased in conjunction with an on-contract Galaxy smartphone. Whichever way you game out the pricing, you'll still be paying a premium to get a cellular-connected, Android-powered camera instead of a more traditional point-and-shoot.
AT&T is selling the same model that Samsung is selling internationally, with a quad-core 1.4GHz processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The camera includes a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD display, a 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor, and a 21x optical zoom lens. One last spec: the "4G" label AT&T is appending refers to its HSPA+ network, not LTE.
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