GoPro Hero 5 release date, specs: action camera coming in September?

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It has been two years since GoPro released its last flagship camera, the GoPro Hero 4. Now that 2016 has passed its halfway point, action camera enthusiasts and tech watchers are waiting to see if the company will release the GoPro Hero 5 sometime this year.

Earlier this year, it was reported that the new action camera will be released following the company’s Karma drone in the late half of 2016. GoPro CEO Nick Woodman spoke with Engadget and confirmed that the drone will be backward-compatible with the company’s cameras. ValueWalk reports that earlier this month, Woodman confirmed that three new devices would be launched during the upcoming holiday season, and this sparked new rumors that the Karma drone and GoPro Hero 5 could be launched at the same time.

As for the Hero 5’s features, not much is known about the upcoming device, but it is expected that the new action camera will be an upgraded version of its predecessor. It is rumored to be smaller and lighter than previous models and is said to have a longer battery life. Other rumors claim that the Hero 5 will take its design cues from the Hero4 Session’s cube design as Woodman told Engadget that we’ll be seeing more square cameras in the future.

“We’re going to continue with this form factor, and continue to evolve it, and bring more performance to this form factor,” said the CEO.

The GoPro Hero 5 is said to be able to record 8K-resolution video and there was speculation that the device might be powered by a Qualcomm processor instead of the Ambarella chip used in previous models. There is talk of the action camera being waterproof without needing an external case and it is rumored to be able to withstand being submerged up to a depth of 60 meters.

The camera is expected to be priced between $450 and $550. As for its launch date, the GoPro Hero 5 is said to debut sometime in September or October.