Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: 16-megapixel camera phone rumored to be in the works

by: Bogdan BeleMay 7, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is rumored to be the name of the Korean manufacturer’s first actual camera phone.

While the Samsung Galaxy Camera was, after all, a camera with a mobile data connection added to it, this time it would seem that Samsung is planning an actual phone with a “real” digital camera built into it (or a camera with a built-in phone, depending on the way you choose to look at it).

According to a report by Sam Mobile (which, until something gets official, should probably be treated as a rumor), the new device will be called Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and should make its appearance on the market this summer (June/July is the time frame the quoted source mentions).

There are even some details available. The camera will mean serious business, as it will be a 16-megapixel one, just like the the Samsung Galaxy Camera (the Wi-Fi edition of which became available in the U.S. not long ago). Other details mentioned in the report are a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, 8GB of internal storage (upgradeable with up to 64GB more via a microSD slot), as well as the necessary A-GPS, low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi.

Mum’s the word when it comes to RAM, CPU (or even its number of cores), but the report does mentioned that the rumored device will be running Android Jelly Bean, with Samsung’s own TouchWiz on top.

What customers could it target?

Samsung goes in a very well-defined direction with this product (provided it will be confirmed). The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (or SM-C1010, as the report claims it will be called), will certainly appeal to those that are passionate about photography, that don’t feel like carrying a camera with them at all times, but want more than a phone camera can do.

However, these same people don’t feel like compromising on the smartphone functionality either, so a camera with a basic phone function couldn’t suffice. It might not be a huge niche, but Samsung’s approach shows that there is no group of customers too small.

Another interesting thing to see will be whether this will be the rumored successor of the Samsung Galaxy Camera, or the start of a completely new range of devices.

Until we find out for sure, make sure you check out our thorough review of the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

Do you think the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom will be a success (provided the rumors will be confirmed, of course)?

  • disk Latvia

    They’re trying to confuse people into thinking its just a galaxy s4 with a better camera same with the ‘mini’ making people think its the same just with a smaller screen

  • Will Stewart

    I don’t think they should exploit the ‘Galaxy S’ brand with midrange devices.

  • whoknowswhereor

    Very nice of sammy. Someone somewhere, maybe many was looking for something like this. Im glad we got a big dog like sammy who can fill the niche this well.

  • lollicup04

    So they decided to add the phone feature after they heard rumors of Sony using everyone in their department to create a special phone/camera hybrid? Im still going to wait for the Sony Honami/Togari seeing as how Samsung just probably threw together leftover components from the Samsung Galaxy Camera to create the “Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom”

  • Raul Velazquez

    No one like the rumored NOKIA EOS…¡¡¡ In fact they are both rumors, but I’d get the NOKIA device :)

  • dandroid13

    Interesting you guys didn’t say “OMG, Samsung is going to launch another S4 lookalike, WTH is wrong with them?” …

  • Mike Reid

    Ummm… Phone ?

    Can you talk on this thing ? And how funny does that look, assuming no BT ? Talk into the lens or listen there ?

  • I see it quite that big, it’s suitable for people who travel

  • I don’t know what kind of drugs they are taking but there is no way in hell I would pay $500 for a digital camera that is not a DSLR.