Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom to have 10x optical zoom

May 10, 2013
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is rumored to have no less than 10x optical zoom, according to a report on Russian site Hi-Tech@Mail.ru.

However, we would take this as nothing but a rumor (or speculation, if you will), since Dmitry Ryabinin, the site’s chief analyst, is the one quoted as saying that the camera will have said capability. He also adds that the previously rumored Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom would be similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, being much thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Camera currently on the market.

Fact is that the Samsung Galaxy Camera has a 21x optical zoom, but fitting the lens for 10x optical zoom into a phone, be it a “camera phone,” would probably make it quite bulky. On the other hand, who knows what Samsung has up its sleeve? Maybe it’s the design recently uncovered in one of the company’s patent filings.

What’s certain is that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom exists, even though its commercial name is yet to be confirmed by Samsung. A device with model number SM-C101 (the previous rumor mentioned it as SM-C1010), has made its way through Bluetooth SIG certification recently, being listed on the organization’s site as a “Samsung Mobile Phone,” with Bluetooth 4.0 on board (also mentioned before).

Combining the previous rumor with the current one, we get a device looking like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (which isn’t official yet, either), with a 16-megapixel camera that can do 10x optical zoom. It would also have a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, 8GB of internal storage as well as a microSD slot, and Bluetooth 4.0 (the only confirmed thing, for now).

Still, these are all just rumors and it will be interesting to see whether they will actually be confirmed.

Do you think the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom will have 10x optical zoom? Would you be interested in buying such a “camera phone,” if that were the case?

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