Samsung has just announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, an Android smartphone that can double as a camera. And we’re not just talking about a smartphone with a camera here. The Galaxy S4 Zoom is outfitted with advanced photographic capabilities. Samsung’s main idea here is to develop a device that can fulfill the role of a high-quality smartphone and a high-end camera. Why not right?
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with 10x optical zoom, OIS, and Xenon Flash. The hybrid smartphone also features what Samsung calls a “Zoom Ring” which allows users to capture and share images while on cal
“When you’re in the middle of a phone call and you see something you absolutely have to share, a quick twist of the Zoom Ring will activate the In-Call Photo Share feature, letting you capture and send an image directly via MMS to whoever you are talking to simply,” Samsung said.
The Zoom Ring can also activate other camera modes and features in a twist. And yes, gone are the days of using buttons to zoom and capture images. Just twist the ring, and you’re good to shoot.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom sports a 4.3-inch display with a 960 x 540 resolution and it is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Under the hood is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage which is expandable up to 64GB via microSD. Pricing and availability has yet to be announced.
It’s worth remembering that Samsung did something similar with the Samsung Galaxy Camera. Although Samsung’s idea of injecting Android into a camera worked, the only problem was that the Galaxy Camera is not able to make calls or send texts. It was an Android camera, period.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, however, is a phone first, then a camera second, which is really nice when you’re tired of constantly bringing two devices – a camera and a phone – on a regular basis.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Quick Specs
- 4.3 inch qHD sAMOLED display with a 960 x 540 resolution
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 16-megapixel camera with x10 optical zoom and OIS
- 1.5GB RAM
- 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 64GB via microSD
- NFC,Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
- 2,330mAh battery
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean