Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the Galaxy S4 smartphone with a high-end compact camera attached. Bonkers. Here we explain the Galaxy S4 Zoom's specification, UK price and release date, and show off some hi-res images of the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Updated on 28/06/13.

Samsung is never shy of taking a good idea and stretching it to breaking point. Thus, after the Samsung Galaxy S and S2 were such successes we've seen the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4. But not content with numerical brand extensions, Samsung has brought in a family of S4 products: as well as the original and best there is the stock Android 'Google' Galaxy S4. Then there's the Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy S4 Active. Now, finally, there's the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - a device that Samsung hopes will fulfil the twin roles of being both an industry-leading Android smartphone and a high-end compact camera. It's an intriguing prospect, right? More of a phone camera than a cameraphone (and if you don't recognise the latter term, congratulations on being under 30).

Here, then, we detail the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom specifications, UK price and release date, as well as a selection of pictures of the Galaxy S4 Zoom. I'll be updating this story as I get further info. (See also: How to edit the Samsung Galaxy S4's lock screen.)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom specifications

I'll give you the highlights before the detail (this is not my first time). The Galaxy S4 Zoom is the Galaxy S4 with a 16Mp camera that has a 10x optical zoom, optical image stabiliser and Xenon Flash. That means it is an Android Jelly Bean 4.2 4G smartphone with a dual-core chip and a 4.3 OLED display that acts as the viewfinder for a high-quality point and shoot. All powered by a 2,330mAh battery cell. Sounds good, right?

There are downsides - onboard storage is limited to only around 5GB of usable space. You'll burn through that if you are taking 16Mp photos (although you can use a memory card of up to 64GB). And how that battery cell holds up to an S4 being used as a camera, with all of Samsung's additional software on the go, remains to be seen.

Feast your eyes on the full Galaxy S4 Zoom specifications:

Galaxy S4 Zoom Network:

LTE
2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G (HSPA? 21Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps); up to 6 different band sets (Dependent on market)
3G
2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G (HSPA 21Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100MHz

Galaxy S4 Zoom Display:

4.3 inch qHD sAMOLED (960x540) screen

Galaxy S4 Zoom Processor:

1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor

Galaxy S4 Zoom OS:

Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Galaxy S4 Zoom Camera:

Main (Rear): 16 Mega pixel with x10 Optical Zoom and enhanced SMART Modes, OIS 24-240mm, F3.1-F6.3
Sub (Front): 1.9 Mega pixel camera
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Continuous Shot: 4fps MAX with AF
Format: JPEG, PNG, GIF, WBMP, BMP, AGIF Xenon Flash, SMART Mode, Expert Mode(P/S/M/C), My Mode
Video
Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark
Recording & Playback: Full HD (1920x1080 30p)

Galaxy S4 Zoom Audio:

Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC/eAAC, WMA, Vorbis(OGG), FLAC, apt-X

Galaxy S4 Zoom Wireless:

WiFi a/b/g/n 5GHz, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)

Galaxy S4 Zoom Location services:

A-GPS, GLONASS

Galaxy S4 Zoom Sensors:

Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, RGB Light

Galaxy S4 Zoom Storage and expansion:

8GB Internal memory (User memory approximately 5GB), microSD slot (up to 64GB)

Galaxy S4 Zoom Memory:

1.5GB RAM

Galaxy S4 Zoom Dimensions:

125.5x63.5x15.4mm, 208g (with standard battery)

Galaxy S4 Zoom Battery:

2,330mAh

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom UK price

There no official word yet on a UK price for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. But we can make some educated guesses: one of the major factors in the price of mobile technology is storage, and this smartphone has half the storage of the 16GB Galaxy S4 that retails for between £450 and £500. But we shouldn't expect the S4 Zoom to be cheaper than the S4, even with a smaller hard drive. For one thing it is a niche product, and that will push the price up (Samsung won't sell as many, so the cost of shipping and storage goes up). But we also have to consider the price of the additional - and expensive - photography components. So expect the Galaxy S4 Zoom to cost around £550. If I'm wrong, you can leave nasty messages below.

Despite our clever mathematics, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is available to pre-order for £442. Maybe it's so niche that Samsung has had to slap a reasonable price tag on it.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom UK release date

The Galaxy S4 Zoom is confirmed for the UK, but the only date we have been given is 'this summer'. Tech Advisor will be attending an event on June 20th at which we hope to find out more.

Samsung didn't announce the release date at its London event. However, Clove has said the Galaxy S4 Zoom will be released on the week commencing 8 July.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom pictures

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