Samsung SM-C101 (Galaxy S4 Zoom?) arrives at the FCC

June 3, 2013
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We first heard of the Samsung SM-C101 back in May, when rumors classified this smartphone as a proud member of the Galaxy S4 family with impressive camera capabilities. Also known as Zoom, the handset should be an interesting sequel of the Galaxy Camera, but one with conversations skills. The same model number has been spotted passing through the FCC.

While the documentation contains sparse details, we’ve managed to find out that the Samsung SM-C101 will come with quad-band GSM and HSPA+ support (compatible with AT&T’s network), NFC, Wi-Fi (working with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands) and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. Unfortunately, there is no mention of a 4G LTE antenna.

Furthermore, no details of an advanced camera sensor or other technical specifications have been included.

In our previous unofficial encounters with the SM-C101 we’ve seen plenty of speculation regarding this mystery device. According to some reports, the Galaxy S4 Zoom includes a 16-megapixel camera with 10X optical zoom. Someone reportedly snatched a picture with the device and posted it online.

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The phone should bear the forms of the Galaxy S4 combined with some elements of the Galaxy Camera. After several images and other details about Samsung Active, (a rugged version of the well-known flagship) were leaked, we have high hopes of seeing Zoom get through – even though it may dilute the popularity of the brand.

Hardware wise, the Jelly Bean-running Galaxy S4 Zoom should come with a 1.6GHz dual-core processor of unknown origins, 8GB of built-in storage with the possibility of expanding storage via a microSD slot. Its screen should be no larger than 4.3-inches, with a modest resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. Add to these a rather small battery of just 1900mAh shows us Samsung’s possible intentions of aiming the handset towards a mid-ranged market. Hopefully, it will have an adequate price.

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