Samsung has announced the Galaxy S4 Zoom, a new version of its flagship smartphone with advanced photographic capabilities. The Android handset, which comes with a 16-megapixel CMOS Sensor, optical image stabiliser and Xenon Flash, is the first device of its kind to offer 10X optical zoom.
The phone’s interface has also been revised, with a ‘Zoom Ring’ added for speedy in-call photo sharing, and instant access to the Quick Launch and Shortcut features.
Samsung has also included a raft of smart photography software on the handset, such as Photo Suggest, which connects the users to a huge library of images shot by fellow photographers at your current location as a means of suggesting the best shooting angles.
Core hardware specs of the Galaxy S4 Zoom include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display with a 960×540 resolution and the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. The internal memory is 8GB, expandable by up to 64GB via the hot-swappable microSD card slot. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and A-GPS. The Samsung S4 Zoom will be able to make phone calls and supports 3G with HSPA and even LTE connectivity.
“Combining our industry leading expertise in digital imaging and smartphones, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is a converged device that delivers on all fronts and is a product we are excited to be bringing to the market,” said Samsung UK president Simon Stanford.
The Galaxy S4 Zoom is one of several versions of the flagship Android handset