Samsung’s fat amalgamation of smartphone and camera just got much faster at sharing photos, thanks to the introduction of an LTE-enabled variant.
The LTE edition of the Galaxy S4 Zoom is now available in European nations, and while Samsung didn’t mention availability for other markets, we’ll likely see it heading to the U.S. next. Deutsche Telekom, Tele2, Telia Sonera and Orange are some of the networks that will carry the device, and it will support both old and new 4G networks in the UK thanks to its multi-band 4G radios.
Except for the faster internet speeds, it’s the same Galaxy S4 Zoom that’s been available until now. The stand-out feature is still the 16-megapixel camera, which is accompanied by a 10x optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization, and a Xenon flash. A “Zoom Ring” on the back (or front, depending on which way you look at it) lets users select between key features of the camera, with more than 30 smart modes included for photos in every condition and situation.
The phone part of the S4 Zoom includes a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB storage expandable via microSD slot, Wi-Fi, 3G, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 2,330mAh battery. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and as such has access to the entire might of the Google Play Store. Did I say you can make calls with this camera? No? Well, you can make calls with this camera, though whether you’ll feel comfortable doing that in public is a discussion for another time.
The Galaxy S4 Zoom takes some nice pictures and videos, and if you’ve been gunning for an LTE-enabled Android-powered point-and-shoot, well, now’s your chance to own one.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow