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Rumor: Nikon rumored to launch Android-based Coolpix S800 with Google Play access on August 22nd

If you’ve been waiting for something new from the compact camera market, Nikon might have a doozy coming soon — if the latest rumors are to be believed. Nikon Rumors is reporting that the company is planning to launch the Coolpix S800 on August 22nd. The most noteworthy feature of this point-and-shoot is that it’ll reportedly be based on Android (2.3, unfortunately), and have full access to the Google Play store thanks to a built-in Wi-Fi connection. It’ll also include GPS for location tagging, a 3.5-inch screen of an unknown resolution, and a 25-250mm zoom lens. There’s no word on what sort of image sensor will be on board, but Nikon’s point-and-shoot cameras currently top out at 16-megapixels, so we’d expect something in that range.

The expected camera specs are: 

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  • 25-250 mm lens
  • 3.5″ OLED screen
  • The camera runs all Google Play apps
  • The camera will probably run Android 2.3
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Possible announcement: August 22, 2012

While we can’t verify these specs, there’s some further corroborating evidence that Nikon is prepping a new Coolpix camera — an Indonesian Communication Agency filing from last week shows a camera marked as the Nikon Coolpix S800c. That alone is hardly proof of anything, but at the very least it seems we’ll see a camera with this name soon — whether it’s running Android or not remains to be seen. It wouldn’t be a complete surprise, though — we saw an Android-based Polaroid camera way back at CES, and we’d imagine that Nikon could able to pull together a compelling Android camera if it wanted to.

Via: NikonRumors