Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom purportedly revealed in leaked imageAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Samsung has been cranking out the Galaxy S 4 variants lately, with both the original flagship, the Galaxy S 4 mini and Galaxy S 4 Active. Today we're getting a peek at may be another variant of the Galaxy S 4, dubbed the Galaxy S 4 Zoom.
The image comes to us from SamMobile, a site that's been a fairly accurate source of Samsung leaks in the past. The leaked render shows a device that looks a bit like a mashup of the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Camera. On the front there's an earpiece, the usual array of sensors and a physical home button, as well as what SamMobile claims is a 4.3-inch qHD (960x540) Super AMOLED display. On the side of the device we can see a power/lock button, volume rocker and round shutter key. Finally, there looks to be an optical zoom lens jutting out of the unit's backside.
Besides its 4.3-inch display, the Galaxy S 4 Zoom is said to feature a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot and Android 4.2.2 beneath Samsung's TouchWiz UI. The rear camera is said to be of the 16-megapixel variety, and as the name of the device suggests, it'll feature an optical zoom lens.
The Galaxy S 4 Zoom isn't Samsung's first attempt at mashing together Android with an optical zoom, as the company launched its Jelly Bean-powered Galaxy Camera last year. This new S 4 Zoom looks to be more of a smartphone/camera mashup rather than a straight-up Android-powered camera, though, meaning that users would be able to make calls and perform other phone-related functions with it.
If the Galaxy S 4 Zoom's rumored spec list holds true, it looks like it'll be a Galaxy S 4 mini with a beefy camera slapped onto its backside. That may not appeal to the spec hounds out there, but the S 4 Zoom could be a good option for someone whose top priority when shopping for a new phone is the camera. Of course, we'll have to wait until Samsung makes the S 4 Zoom official before we'll know just how nice of a camera it actually is. The good news is that with a Samsung Galaxy event scheduled for June 20, it may not be long before an announcement is made. What do you make of this leaked Galaxy S 4 Zoom? Would you consider buying one if it came to your carrier of choice?