Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom official with 16-megapixel sensor, optical zoom and Android 4.2Alex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Samsung's recent streak of new product announcements continues this morning with another Galaxy S 4 variant, the Galaxy S 4 Zoom. Just as the name suggests, the Galaxy S 4 Zoom is a smartphone with a 10x optical zoom strapped to its back, giving new meaning to the term "cameraphone." The Galaxy S 4 Zoom's camera also features a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and built-in optical image stabilization to help reduce blur.
Moving around to the non-zooming half of the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, Samsung has packed in a 4.3-inch 960x540 Super AMOLED display, physical home button and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. A dedicated shutter button rests on the Galaxy S 4 Zoom's side, and packed within the phone is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8GB storage, microSD card slot, 1.5GB RAM and a 2,330mAh battery. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will come preloaded on the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, as will Samsung's TouchWiz overlay and a suite of apps, such as In-Call Photo Share for quickly sending images via MMS to the person on the other end of a call.
Samsung hasn't yet revealed when the Galaxy S 4 Zoom will launch or how much it'll cost when it does. The device will come with 3G and LTE connectivity, though, giving buyers the ability to share photos using a high-speed wireless connection if they've got one available.
Overall the Galaxy S 4 Zoom looks a bit like a mashup of two other Galaxy products, the Galaxy S 4 mini and Galaxy Camera. Some folks are likely a bit disappointed to see that the "phone" half of this cameraphone has more in common with the Galaxy S 4 mini than the Galaxy S 4, but for anyone that wants a device that's a bit more camera-focused than most smartphones, the Galaxy S 4 Zoom could be worth considering. Now we just have to wait for the thing to actually be released so that we can begin seeing what kind of images it can produce. Until then, there's a gallery below with product photos that show several different views of the Galaxy S 4 Zoom.