Samsung has made it official: the Galaxy S4 Zoom will soon arrive as an Android device with 10x optical zoom, a 16-megapixel camera, and a Xenon Flash. Oh, and it can make phone calls, too.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom seems like more camera than phone thanks to its larger build and the protruding lens house on the back of the device. The S4 Zoom measure 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm (4.94 x 2.5 x 0.61in) and weighs 208g (7.34oz), which is more than is typically seen on Android smartphones today. The 16-megapixel camera has OIS 24-240mm and F3.1-F6.3, and there’s a 1.9-megapixel front camera for video chat.

It looks as though Samsung scaled down the design of the Galaxy Camera released last year in order to make it more suited for daily carrying as a phone. The Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (differs by market), a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (5GB accessible), a 64GB microSD slot, and a 2,330 mAh battery powers the phone. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, HSPA+ 21Mbps, 3G, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n 5GHz, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0.

On the software front, the Galaxy S4 Zoom has the same Android 4.2 seen on Samsung’s range of 2013 devices. It supports more than 25 camera modes, S Voice, S Translator, Group Play, Story Album, Samsung Link, Samsung ChatOn, the Google Mobile suite of applications in addition to the Android customizations made by Samsung. There are also new features made specifically for photo taking, including: Photo Suggest, which shows other images taken by photographers that might influence your shots; Smart Mode Suggest, which provides a list of shooting modes best for a scene; and Zoom Ring, which can take photos during a call or easily switch between zoom and camera modes when taking photos.

Price and availability details have yet to be announced.

source: Samsung Mobile

By Andrew Kameka