Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom goes official, combines 10x optical zoom, OIS and Xenon flash

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The long rumored & previously leaked Galazy S4 Zoom has been officially announced today. Samsung unveils its second Android-based camerphone.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom closely follows the design and scheme of its predecessor the Galaxy Camera but happens to sport improved optics, at least on paper. The little camera-smartphone hybrid features a 16MP CMOS sensor coupled with 10x optical zoom (24-240mm) on the back along with OIS (optical image stabilization).

Under the hood there’s the aging dual core 1.5GHz Exynos 4212 SoC (the SoC will be market dependent), 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage expandable via MicroSD as well as a 2330mAh battery which should hopefully provide enough juice though a normal day of usage.

On the software side we’ve got Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UX & ‘S-Apps’, the handset is essentially built on the hull of the Galaxy S4 Mini but is notably thicker and heavier at 125.5×63.5×15.4 mm & 208g. We find the same 4.3″ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels with the addition of Gorilla Glass 3.