After announcing Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy Ace 3 smartphones this week, the Korean tech-giant Samsung has finally announced the launch of camera centric Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. Featuring 16MP camera sensor, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the first smartphone having 10X optical zoom along with Optical Image Stabilization feature and Xenon flash.
It sports 4.3 inch (960 x 540 pixels) qHD Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and is powered by 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory and 2,330 mAh battery. It runs on latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and supports 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, A-GPS + GLONASS and NFC.
Elaborating the camera features of Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung noted in a press release:
Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom’s ‘Zoom Ring’ can do a lot of things including the obvious zooming. “When you’re in the middle of a phone call and you see something you absolutely have to share, a quick twist of the Zoom Ring will activate the In-Call Photo Share feature, letting you capture and send an image directly via MMS to whoever you are talking to simply. For easy camera navigation, the Zoom Ring can be used to activate the Quick Launch and Shortcut features, giving you instant access to multiple camera modes including Auto, Gallery and Smart Mode with a simple twist.
This is what JK Shin, President and CEO, Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics, has said in a press release:
As communication continues to become increasingly visual in nature, people wish to capture and share their moments in the highest quality possible, but often do not have the space or inclination to carry a dedicated camera for this purpose. The GALAXY S4 zoom changes this forever, combining the industry leading functionality and connectivity of the GALAXY S4 with the high quality photographic experience you’d expect from a compact camera.
Moreover, Samsung has included some really interesting tweaks including something called Photo Suggest, which apparently connects you to huge libraries of images taken by other photographers, to help you create the best possible shots. The feature can even suggest you a location, which according to it will be the perfect vantage point for your image. As we are yet to see it in action, we can’t really say, how much of it is going to be really useful. Samsung has a habit of flooding its phones with features, most of which are rarely used by the consumers.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is scheduled to be showcased on June 20, at the Samsung Premier 2013 event in London where the company is also expected to reveal the pricing and availability of the device for the International markets.