Last year, Samsung launched a unique device that could best be described as half Galaxy S4 and half camera. It even looked like the two were physically spliced together, resulting in an Android powered camera called the Galaxy S4 Zoom. This year, along with the rebooted flagship phone that is the Galaxy S5, Samsung is launching an updated camera as well, sticking to their guns, it will be named the Galaxy S5 Zoom.
We learned about the Galaxy S5 Zoom last month when benchmarking site GFXBench took it for a spin and shared their results with us. At that time we were told to expect a 20.2MP camera on top of a 4.8-inch 720p display, powered by Android 4.4.2 with 2GB of RAM and a 1300MHz hexa-core CPU. If you did not see that info, check it out here.
As we get closer to the launch of the Galaxy S5 smartphone, the folks over at Sam Mobile have had the chance to put the new Galaxy S5 Zoom through its paces as well, this time using the Antutu Benchmark.
The new benchmarks reveal some updated information, and confirm some of the specifications that we already knew. We’ll still get to enjoy that 20.2MP, 5184×3888 resolution main camera on the Galaxy S5 Zoom, along with Optical Image Stabilization, Xenon flash and 10x optical zoom. Android 4.4.2 with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz will all be optimized for the camera experience, particularly in supporting additional storage via microSD slot.
The brains inside this device will be configured using Samsung’s Exynos 5 Hexa (5260) SoC with ARM’s big.LITTLE HMP technology, 2x 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 cores and 4x 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores and a quad-core ARM Mali-T624 GPU. The result is an Antutu benchmark point score that beats out the Galaxy S4 and original HTC One (M7), coming in at 33252 points.
As the Galaxy S5 Zoom is, in-fact, a camera – regardless the processing power and Android OS – we were really hoping to see some image samples. I am afraid we will have to continue to wait as no photo samples are available just yet. Samsung will have to officially announce this guy eventually, or an ambitious leak will beat them to it, either way, with the Galaxy S5 phone due to start shipping right away, we imagine the Galaxy S5 Zoom will not be too far behind.
Are you excited for another Android powered camera to hit the market, or is the camera on you Android powered phone good enough for your needs?