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Another S4: Samsung's Got a Galaxy S4 Zoom Edition

We've already seen four iterations of the Galaxy S4, including the mini, a model running stock Android set to be released this month, and the ruggedized Galaxy S4 Active. However, it seems Samsung has yet another Galaxy S4 up its sleeve. This past weekend, photos surfaced of a Galaxy S4 with a large zoom lens attached to the back of the device. Word on the street was that this phone was the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Today, Sony confirmed the device's existence and revealed a little more about the S4 Zoom.

 

Think of it as a cross between the S4 and Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy Camera. The S4 Zoom looks to be thinner than the Galaxy Camera and sports a 16MP camera with 10x optical zoom and a 1.9MP front-facing camera. As with the Galaxy S4 mini and S4 Active, the device doesn't actually have the same specs as the original S4, just the same S4 branding. The S4 Zoom packs a 4.3-inch qHD display and a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU coupled with 1.5 GB RAM. There's also 8 GB of onboard storage.

 

The Galaxy S4 Zoom is due out in the UK this summer, and will arrive in the United States in the third quarter of this year. Samsung didn't offer any info on pricing but it's definitely not a budget smartphone. If you're keen, best to prepare your wallet for the average price of a smartphone these days. Either that, or be prepared to sign a contract.

When rumors of the device initially cropped up last week and this past weekend, we assumed Samsung was saving the announcement for its June 20 event in London, but it looks like Sammy has something else up its sleeve for that event. The company has it billed as an Ativ and Galaxy event so we'll be seeing both Android and Windows devices next week. Stay tuned!

  • house70
    Also, it has microSD card support, that's where it saves pics.
    This could be a perfect solution for travelling, if it could be bought at a fair price unlocked.
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  • Rune Olsen
    Too bad it is ugly as a mofo
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  • house70
    10962817 said:
    Too bad it is ugly as a mofo

    It's a camera with phone capability, not the other way around.
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  • the1kingbob
    Why is Sony confirming this?
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  • makaveli316
    Calling this S4 Zoom with that 10x optical zoom is ridiculous, they could've make this x20
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  • tigger888
    "Calling this S4 Zoom with that 10x optical zoom is ridiculous, they could've make this x20"

    because everyone will most likely carry a tripod for this kind of camera? can you honestly think you can make use of 20x zoom without it shaking like the old san fran earthquake?
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  • house70
    10963488 said:
    Calling this S4 Zoom with that 10x optical zoom is ridiculous, they could've make this x20
    Assuming the min focal distance is 28mm, the range goes all the way to 280mm with the zoom fully extended. Anyone with greater needs will likely use a DSLR or something similar to that, AND a tripod.
    This device is targeting travelers who want to be able to shoot good pictures while vacationing and be able to post them, even make a phone call or two during the process. The experience is weighted on the photographic part of the trip, not the phone conversation part.
    I travel quite a bit abroad and this device, SIM-unlocked, would be ideal for me, since I don't spend a lot of time on the phone, but I like to be able to take good pictures without having to whip my camera out every single time. I need it SIM-unlocked because I buy prepaid local cards and use them on the spot, way cheaper than paying roaming.
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  • nevilence
    This is almost exactly what I am looking for in my next phone. I like it =D
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  • damian86
    lol Sony?? Is this a mistake?
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  • vaughn2k
    10966496 said:
    lol Sony?? Is this a mistake?

    I think Jane was holding an Xperia, while writing this news..
    :no:
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