It’s a mid-range Android smartphone with a high-end digital camera hitched to it. No, it’s a point-and-shoot that just happens to run Android and support voice calls.
No matter where you stand in the debate, you have to admit, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 zoom is one unusual contraption.
Unusual good, according to some, including our own Sam Reynolds, who mostly praised the S4 zoom in his review back in August, but unusual bad for others, who just can’t get past the thing’s bulkiness and overall underwhelming set of specs from a smartphone enthusiast’s standpoint.
Yet what everyone seems to agree on is it’s going to be mighty hard for Sammy to find a mainstream audience for the GS4 zoom. Or is it? Apparently, not that hard, since AT&T will reportedly sell it subsidized stateside starting in a few weeks. Or maybe less.
Ma Bell, America’s number two wireless carrier these days, hasn’t made an official announcement on the matter for the time being, but as @Evleaks has tweeted a high-quality pair of press shots starring the AT&T-branded cameraphone, it’s only a matter of time until the gizmo is up on store shelves.
The big question is however pricing, with the GS4 zoom set to go against Nokia’s Lumia 1020 for a place in the hearts of photo buffs/AT&T devotees. The 1020, which runs Windows Phone 8 and slightly more advanced hardware than its rival, also has a top-notch cam slapped on its back, with a 41 MP sensor, Carl Zeiss Optics and optical image stabilization.
On top of it all, Nokia’s contender is about as skinny as cameraphones get, so it looks like Samsung will need to undercut the thing’s $200 on-contract price tag on AT&T to stand a chance. $150? $100? Let’s wait and see, shall we?