Samsung Galaxy Camera announced for Verizon, will be available online December 13th

Not that this will come as much of a surprise to anyone at this point, but Samsung and Verizon have finally announced their intent to sell an LTE-compatible version of the Galaxy Camera on Big Red's network starting this Thursday for $549.99. Interestingly, there was no mention of when or if the TouchWiz-running camera will show up in stores, but you can at least pick one up in either white or cobalt black through the carrier's website. If you choose to grab one and take advantage of the faster data, Verizon's offering a promotion in which you only have to tack on an extra $5 per month to your Share Everything plan. Not a bad deal, considering a tablet will run you twice that -- provided you can stomach the upfront cost.

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Connected devices are a new way to think about wireless beyond smartphones and tablets.

Having your smartphone or tablet connected to 4G LTE means you're constantly ready and one step ahead. When a great idea comes to you, there's no need to wait, you can save it as a note on your smartphone, e-mail it to a friend or share with the world.

Now, innovative technology is bringing 4G LTE connectivity to additional personal devices, such as the camera. Available online starting Dec. 13, Verizon Wireless will offer the Samsung Galaxy Camera™, the first 4G LTE camera in the world. With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, high performance photography, and Verizon's 4G LTE network, the Galaxy Camera allows users to shoot, edit and share high quality images and video.

Social media enthusiasts will be able to connect to their accounts through their camera and upload pictures and videos of outings, concerts and parties as they happen. Shutterbugs and bloggers who post images on their sites will be able to upload photos over 4G LTE instead of waiting to use their computers at home.

The Galaxy Camera features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD touch screen and runs Android Jelly Bean, so users have full access to Android apps from the Google Play store like Instagram.

This is all combined with other high quality features such as a 16-megapixel lens, 21x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilization for clearer pictures even while moving.

The Galaxy Camera will be available for $549.99 and come in two colors, Cobalt Black, exclusive to Verizon Wireless, and White. Users will be able to add the Samsung Galaxy Camera to their Share Everything account for the promotional price of $5 per month.

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Verizon announces Samsung Galaxy Camera with LTE, available online December 13th for $550