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Yet Another Galaxy: S4 Zoom is now Official

by Shashank Bhardwaj
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Samsung isn’t finished yet. Yet another handset (the 4th in the past week, and the third S4 variant) has been announced. The Galaxy S4 Zoom, they call it, confirming the numerous leaks and rumors we’ve had over the past weeks. The handset seems to be a hybrid of the Galaxy S4, and the Galaxy Camera.

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The S4 Zoom combines smartphone functionality with improved camera specifications, looking like a smaller Galaxy S4 from the front, and the Galaxy Camera from the backside.

The S4 Zoom runs on an unspecified 1.5 Ghz dual core processor, coupled with 1.5 GB of RAM. The screen 4.3 inches of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, with a qHD Super AMOLED display (960×540). There’s 8GB of internal memory, with the expandable microSD card slot taking it up to a potential 64GB.

There’s the usual range of connectivity options – WiFi a/b/g/n 5 Ghz, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, A GPS and GLONASS. All this is powered by a 2330 mAh battery.

Moving on to the handset’s USP – the camera – is a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with 10x Optical Zoom, Xenon Flash, and enhanced smart modes.  The front facing camera can shoot at 1.9 megapixels.

Specifications:

  • 1.5 Ghz Dual Core processor
  • 1.5 GB RAM.
  • 16 megapixel BSI CMOS camera, 1.9 megapixel front camera.
  • 4.3 inch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance
  • qHD Super AMOLED display
  • Size: 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4mm. Weight: 208g
  • 8GB internal memory, expandable up to 64 GB with microSD support
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, A GPS, GLONASS.
  • 2330 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean with TouchWiz.

Extra Add-Ons

There are some potentially tempting add-ons as well – such as the Zoom Ring. It makes it simpler for the user to access the camera’s multiple features. The Zoom Ring activates another feature – the In-Call Photo Share, which allows you to capture and send images instantly to whoever you are talking to.

Photo Suggest connects you to “huge libraries of images taken by fellow photographers” and “even direct you to the ideal nearby location which will give you the vantage point you need for that perfect photo.”

There’s Smart Mode, of course – which aims to let you take professional photos without tinkering with the settings too much.

The S4 Zoom will run Android 4.2 Jellybean. In typical fashion, Samsung has left out availability and pricing details in the announcement. So like always, we’ll wait for Premiere 2013 for more details.

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2 comments

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IvjyotOberoi June 13, 2013 - 10:54 am

I recently bought my galaxy S4. ( To be specific a ‘normal’ S4)
It has a great camera, and i love the image quality.
Thus what i want to know is whether  the move taken by Samsung for launching  Zoom be on the side of lime light? (Considering that S4 with 12 MP and Galaxy Camera already exists)

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ShashankBhardwaj June 14, 2013 - 9:50 am

IvjyotOberoi 
The Zoom is for photo/camera enthusiasts. So Samsung is obviously promising a much better shooter on the device. However, if you remember the Galaxy Camera reviews, the image quality on that device wasn’t noticeably great compared to the S3.
So Samsung might not have any previous record to promise a better experience this time. But that’s what they’re aiming for.
And of course, more products means more of Samsung for people. It’s business.

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