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Samsung announces the GALAXY S4 zoom smartphone

Samsung has introduced the Galaxy S4 zoom, a mainstream camera/smartphone hybrid with a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, 10x optical zoom and Xenon flash.

Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S4 zoom, a hybrid device combining a point and shoot camera with (essentially) a Galaxy S4 Mini. While by no means a flagship device in either category, its mainstream specs are far from unimpressive.

First off as a smartphone the Galaxy S4 zoom offers 4.3-inch sAMOLED 960x540 screen, an unspecified 1.5GHz dual-core processor (which Samsung formally states will differ by region), LTE (again region-dependant), Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), Touchwiz, Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n 5GHz), NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), A-GPS + GLONASS, 8GB internal memory, microSD, 1.5GB RAM, and a 2,330mAh battery.

As a pocketable digital camera the new Galaxy family member sports a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 10x optical zoom with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), and Xenon flash. Unsurprisingly the device does not support RAW image capture but does include a couple of above-average features such as a wide-angle lens (24mm equivalent) and 3200 ISO. Other specs include a front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera, 4fps continuous shooting, and 1920x1080 (30p) video capture.

Samsung has yet to reveal any details on pricing and availability regarding the Galaxy S4 zoom. However, the company is planning a June 20th event teasing Galaxy and Ativ announcements. Check out the photos below for an in-depth look at the specs.



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Alex Storey, 2013-06-13 (Update: 2013-06-13)