The CES 2014 is just around the corner and Samsung has already opened its magical chest by announcing the Galaxy Camera 2, based on the Android operating system. On the hardware and software front, the new Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is more an update of the original model rather than a complete new product.

With a 16.3-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and 21x optical zoom lens, it runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on board. It looks similar to the predecessor, but equips a quad-core processor clocked at a higher 1.6GHz and coupled with 2GB of RAM.

Among other features, it includes a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD touch screen, a 2000mAh battery, an 8GB of storage capacity – expandable via micro SD card, support for NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 for faster connection with other mobile devices.

“Consumers love the Galaxy Camera, and this next-generation version was designed to improve on the successful predecessor, with upgraded and new features that will enhance the photography experience,” Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team said in a press release.

“The result is a more powerful and portable device which continues to embrace the public’s passion for the social features of smartphones, yet also provides superior image control and quality. We are dedicated to making it easier for more people to achieve great results, and with the Galaxy Camera 2’s host of creative features, anyone can capture stand out images.”

In software, there’re several new features including Tag & Go that let you share photos with other devices over NFC, Photo Beam, Mobile Link, and Remote Viewfinder that allows the user to control the camera using smartphone.

Apart from this, there’s a Smart Mode for creative photography, which allows you to choose from more than 28 different preset modes for capturing movies. Among the shooting mode, there is one called “Selfie Alarm” that takes five consecutive shots so you can then choose the best shot.

To attract potential buyers, Samsung is giving away 50GB of cloud storage by Dropbox for a period of two years. The pricing and availability details haven’t yet been disclosed, but likely more information is about to come next week at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.