Samsung goes official with their 10x optical zoom capable camera phone. Dubbed the Galaxy S4 Zoom, the new device is virtually a Galaxy S4 Mini with the camera slapped on its back.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (1)

Well, we really were wondering about the number of devices piling up for an official announcement in the June 20 Samsung event in the UK. So it came as a really nice surprise when Samsung decided to step up and officially announce the Galaxy S4 Zoom camera-phone today. Based on the same hardware as S4 Mini (and not the flagship S4), the camera-phone innovates (will leave that up to you) by slapping a 16 MP camera sensor with 10x optical zoom at the back.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom quick specs:

  • Exynos 4212 Chipset
  • 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex A9 Dual-Core CPU
  • ARM Mali400 MP4 GPU
  • 1.5 GB of RAM
  • 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) Super AMOLED display
  • 16 MP Rear camera, 10x Optical Zoom, Xenon Flash
  • 1.9 MP front cam
  • 8 GB Internal Storage, Micro SD Card Slot
  • 2330 mAh Li-Ion Battery
  • 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4mm dimensions
  • 208 gram weight
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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The sizable bump at the back lends the camera-phone a staggering 15mm thickness. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom packs a 16 MP 1/2.3″ camera sensor coupled with a 10x optical zoom capable lens, a far cry from DSLR standards and even below most point-and-shoot cameras in 2013, but a serious notch up from every camera-phone in the market. The Xenon flash should help out with low-light photography. To complement the hardware, Samsung has packed in a ton of software goodies with the OS. To know more about the same, hit the link below.

UPDATE

AnandTech has tabulated the differences between the Galaxy Camera, the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Nokia PureView 808 and the Nikon Coolpix S800c:

Galaxy S4 zoom specifications comparison

Source: GSMArena, Camera Details: GSMArena (Preview)Table: AnandTech