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.
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.
- 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.
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.