Samsung announces the Galaxy S4 Zoom, a real camera-smartphone hybrid

Samsung added yet another handset to its smartphone lineup and at the same time added a new smartphone to its camera lineup. The new Galaxy S4 zoom takes the guts of the Galaxy S4 and tacks on a 16-megapixel camera with a 10Z zoom lens. It’s a weird beast that might appeal to parents looking to snag great photos of their kids or photographers who want a conversation piece in their pocket.

The S4 Zoom has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED 960×540-pixel display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and LTE connectivity. The processor and LTE option may vary by market. Storage-wise, the Zoom ships with 8GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot that’ll support up to 64GB. There’s also a 2,330mAh battery, which, along with the camera, contributes to the phone’s hefty weight of 208g. The Zoom ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Samsung’s suite of software tools like Smart Mode and Story Album.

Part phone and part camera, the Zoom has an 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a 35mm equivalent lens with a focal length of 24-240mm. ISO settings start at 100 and go up to 3,200, and aperture values range from f3.1 to f6.3. One the front, there’s a 1.9-megapixel camera for video calling.

The S4 Zoom will debut this summer in the UK and will hit the US and the rest of Europe in Q4 2013. Pricing was not announced, but I would expect it to be on the higher side of the spectrum.

[Via Samsung Mobile]

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