New Galaxy S4 Zoom is the world’s first camera phone to have a 10x optical zoom

Galaxy S4 ZoomSamsung continues its wave of new releases today with the announcement of the Galaxy S4 Zoom, which combines a mid-range smartphone with a well-specced camera. While this has been seen many times before, what makes the S4 Zoom special is it’s the first time a 10x optical zoom has been fitted to a smartphone.

It’s mated to a 16-megapixel camera, which exceeds that fitted to the flagship Galaxy S4 phone, and comes complete with optical image stabilization, a xenon flash, an HDR shooting mode and 1080p video recording. Samsung has added a Smart Mode, where various scene settings can be automatically applied, or you can override its suggestions for more control. Photo Suggest connects you to an online library of images all taken in your location, and can also guide you to the prime spots for taking your own pictures.

While the S4 Zoom’s camera sounds great, the phone is less like the Galaxy S4 and more like the Galaxy S4 Mini. This means you get a 4.3-inch display with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. It’s a decent mid-range spec, but a long way off the S4’s 5-inch, 1080p screen and quad-core chip.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is the S4 Zoom’s operating system, and it comes with S Voice and S Translator installed, plus the phone has NFC, GPS, 3G and 4G connectivity, a microSD card slot and 8GB of internal storage memory. It’s no surprise to learn the S4 Zoom is very heavy, at 208 grams, and thanks to the big camera lens, it’s not the most portable of Samsung’s smartphones either.

No release date has been given yet, and the price hasn’t been disclosed, although Pocket-Lint indicates the S4 Zoom will be out in the UK this summer.

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Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars