ASUS recently launched the world’s thinnest 3x optical zoom smartphone, the ZenFone Zoom, here in Malaysia and the first question on everyone’s mind is: Whats the big deal? Now the word “optical zoom” may not be a term everyone recognises. Some of you might be thinking that your current smartphones can zoom jolly well, so why would you bother about this device?
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If you’ve been waiting for this beast of a phone then your wait is over. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is now available from IPMart for RM1,577. But before you rushing to make your purchase, you must know that the units currently on sale from the website are grey imports and do not come with a Samsung-backed warranty.
The Galaxy S4 Zoom is what happens when a point and shoot camera rapes a Galaxy S4 mini, you get a dedicated camera that you can use as a smartphone.
The S4 Zoom boasts a 10X optical zoom lens (24-240mm) with a bigger than average 1/2.33” 16MP imaging sensor that’s supposed to improve picture quality. On top of that, you get a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) AMOLED display pushing out 256ppi. Under the hood, there’s a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. Storage is expandable with microSD up to 64GB. For video calls and selfies, there’s a 1.9MP secondary camera included as well.
Instead of an LED flash that you typically get with phone cameras, the Galaxy Zoom uses a faster Xenon Flash that should give you better lighting in low light conditions.
In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with the usual WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and certain versions have LTE support as well but we don’t think the units being sold by IPMart have LTE.
As a phone, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is bulky to use and you look like dork using it. As a camera, while the S4 Zoom may be able to take better pictures than most phones, it’s barely average as a point and shoot camera.
So what’s the point of the Galaxy S4 Camera then? When it comes to sharing or uploading pictures that are better than what a smartphone can muster, nothing comes close to the Galaxy S4 Zoom (ok, perhaps maybe the Galaxy Camera does come close). The ability to make phone calls is a bonus but the bulk of the device is not something you’ll be comfortable having in your pocket. At the end of the day, how many times have you looked a camera said to yourself “I wish I can use this to call someone”?
Check out the Galaxy S4 Zoom from IPMart here.
There’s a saying that the best Camera is the one that’s with you. Now it seems that Samsung is taking that phrase seriously with the introduction of Galaxy S4 Zoom, a smart phone with a full fledged compact camera (or vice versa). Announced yesterday, the Galaxy S4 Zoom offers mid-range spec hardware with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM and it comes with a 4.3″ qHD AMOLED display.
Blowing away other smart phones is its 16MP main camera with a 10X Optical zoom (24mm-240mm) and Xenon flash. You can read up the full spec details in our previous post here.
To demonstrate the Galaxy S4 Zoom in action, Samsung has just released its official promo video showing off its usability and smart features. Watch it after the break.
Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Camera but holding back for its lack of telephony features.
On the front or back, depending how you look at the device (cameraphone or phone camera), it comes with a 4.3″ qHD (960×540) AMOLED display and apperance wise, it looks like a Galaxy S4 mini. Under the hood, you’ll get a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM and on-board it comes with 8GB of storage which can be expanded with microSD card. For video calls, there’s a 1.9MP secondary camera included as well.
The main highlight is its 16MP main shooter which comes with a 10X optical zoom of 24-240mm. Instead of the typical LED flash, it uses a more capable Xenon Flash instead. Compared with the Galaxy Camera, the S4 Zoom is lighter at 208 grams (Galaxy Camera: 300 grams) and thinner at 15.4mm (Galaxy Camera: 19.1mm). Even the battery on the S4 Zoom is bigger as well at 2,330mAh (Galaxy Camera: 1,650mAh).
The only upside on the Galaxy Camera is its higher resolution 4.8″ Super LCD that does 1280×720 and it comes with a higher 21X Optical zoom.
In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with the usual WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and it even supports 4G LTE as well.
Head after the break for more official images of the Galaxy S4 Zoom.
Camera supremacy will be the next battleground for smartphone dominance and it looks like things are going to get really interesting as we approach the second half of this year and manufacturers like Samsung, Sony and HTC are gearing to launch the second wave of their Android smartphone offerings.
Among the three, Samsung looks to be the most eager. The Korean tech juggernaut is scheduled to unveil a new line of Galaxy devices on June 20th, including the pre-announced Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 mini along with possible the Galaxy Note III and, this oddball camera-phone hybrid, the Galaxy S4 Zoom.
The still unofficial Galaxy S4 Zoom, is essentially a Galaxy Camera that you can make phone calls with. Unconfirmed specs include a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 960×540 resolution producing a pixel density of about 264ppi. Internal storage is a claimed 8GB with a micro SD slot good for an additional 64GB of storage. The device should run Android 4.2.2 out of the box. In the camera department, you get a 16MP camera mated to an optical zoom lens with a rumoured 10x zoom length.
It’s a pity then that the S4 Zoom is not water resistant.
Head on over to after the jump for non-rendered image of the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Looks like the device is almost certainly confirmed then.