Samsung today zooms its GALAXY family further with the introduction of the Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom, a convergent device that combines an Android-based smartphone with a high-end compact camera. The GALAXY zoom features 10x optical zoom, 16MP CMOS sensor f/3.1-6.3), OIS and xenon flash and a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED touchscreen display protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
Samsung positions the Samsung GALAXY zoom as the only device you’ll ever need for perfect mobile photography.
The new device features the revolutionary Zoom Ring, a simple, intuitive way to access to the GALAXY S4 zoom’s key features. A quick twist of the Zoom Ring gives access and easy navigation through Quick Launch and Shortcut features. The Zoom Ring also replaces traditional dials found on conventional camera, replacing it with smooth, easy-to-operate dials.
Samsung’s popular Smart Mode found in the GALAXY S4 and also GALAXY camera is featured in the GALAXY S4 zoom, to complete the best-in-class 10x optical zoom and 16MP BSI CMOS sensor with Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS). While the zoom isn’t as big as the 21x available on the GALAXY camera, it is still impressive that Samsung has managed to pack the lens into a compact chassis.
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Because of its GALAXY S4 underpinnings, consumers will benefit from the same features found on the GALAXY S4. The GALAXY S4 zoom runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2, and of course, runs Samsung’s UI layer – TouchWIZ.
Powering the new device is a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and comes with 8GB internal storage and support microSD (up to 64GB). In terms of connectivity, The GALAXY S4 zoom comes with all the usual suspects – 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS + GLONASS. The device also supports 2.5G/3G/4G LTE networks.
The GALAXY S4 zoom comes integrated with Samsung’s plethora of software and apps including Story Album, HomeSync, Samsung Hub and Group Play.
The device comes with a 2,330mAh battery built-in and weighs just 208g (with battery).
While similar, the GALAXY S4 zoom should not be confused with the purpose-built, connected GALAXY Camera. The GALAXY S4 zoom is a sleek, stylish smartphone with high-end compact camera-type capabilities, and the first smartphone in the world to offer 10x optical zoom.
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