Finally, Samsung has announced the all-new Galaxy S4 Zoom. Much like the Galaxy S4 ‘Active’ variant was water proof, this variant of S4 features a huge 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with 10x optical zoom and a Xenon flash on the back.
The cameraphone comes with a ‘zoom ring’ on the back of the phone that you can twist to instantly share images and this can be done while making a phone call too, thus letting you send an image directly via MMS to whoever you are talking with. The Zoom Ring also allows a faster way to boot up the camera and scroll through all its features. There are no hardware buttons for the camera, it’s all controlled with digital one’s.
Samsung has included a software add-on called photo suggest which connects the user to a big online library of images taken by other photographers around the globe and it can even suggest you to the best location to take a picture. For the camera, there are 25 Smart Modes, focal length, face detection and other tweaks to play around.
Last year, Samsung brought a similar device named ‘Galaxy Camera’, but this year, the S4 Zoom will be able make calls and also support LTE. The huge sensor makes the Zoom quite bulky at 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm and 208g of weight. As for the specifications, it has a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The RAM is chopped own to 1.5GB RAM and considering it’s a camerphone, it comes only with 5GB usable internal memory. So you’ll have to expand it (upto64GB) with microSD card. The S4 Zoom will come with a 2,3300mAh battery.
There’s no official word on pricing or the availability. We expect the details to revealed at Samsung Premier 2013 event in London on June 20th.