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.
The Galaxy S4 Zoom is capable of 1080p video recording at 30fps and 720p at 60fps, connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and A-GPS. The cameraphone will also be able to make phone calls and supports 3G with HSPA and even LTE connectivity right out of the box.
The Galaxy S4 Zoom is officially the first smartphone with with 10x optical zoom & Xenon flash. Samsung describes it as “A revolutionary new device that converges the best of a high performance smartphone and camera, the GALAXY S4 zoom delivers the best of both worlds“.