Once again, numerous leaks have prompted Samsung to announce a product ahead of its June 20th event in London. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom may be the final Android device, too, unless the company has something special planned that we haven’t heard about so far. Still, if you want a 16-megapixel camera strapped to a mid-range smartphone, this is the device for you.
The Galaxy S4 Zoom includes a 4.3-inch 960×540 Super AMOLED display, along with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5Ghz, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card that supports additional space up to 64GB, and a 16-megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom. Samsung says the 24-240mm lens features optical image stabilisation and supports apertures ranging from F3.1 to F6.3.
Adding that 16-megapixel camera comes at a price, though. The device comes in at 15.4mm thick and weighs 208 grams, so it’s not going to sit in a pocket nearly as well as a traditional smartphone. Still, at least it comes with a hefty battery, rated at 2,330mAh, and the cameraphone will include 3G and LTE connectivity.
Samsung is also sprucing up its camera software to take advantage of the superior sensor bundled with the Galaxy S4 Zoom. The Zoom Ring feature, for instance, lets you quickly share a photo via MMS while on a phone call. Even during regular operation, though, you can use it as a quick shortcut for different camera modes.
In addition, Samsung is including the familiar Smart Mode feature, helping novice shooters to get the best pictures automatically. The company is including a Photo Suggest feature as well, letting users browse through catalogues of photos for comparison to your own. The function will even direct users to certain vantage points to help get the best picture.
Samsung didn’t provide any pricing or availability information, but we’re told that it should land in the UK sometime this summer. We’ll bring you more as we hear it.