Samsung Announces Galaxy S4 zoom w 16MP camera & 10x optical zoom

Just few months after the announcement of the Galaxy S4, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S4 zoom, an Android 4.2.2 smartphone that is combined with a 16MP point-and-shoot and it comes with a 10x optical zoom lens. According to Samsung, its the first phone with 10x optical zoom.

Part of the GALAXY S4 family, the GALAXY S4 zoom is the realization of Samsung’s mission to create a single device that can fulfill the role of both an industry leading smartphone and a high-end compact camera. Combining 10x Optical Zoom, 16 Mega Pixel CMOS Sensor, OIS and Xenon Flash with the very latest Samsung GALAXY S4 technology, the GALAXY S4 zoom sets new standards for perfect mobile photography.

Apart from the camera, the Galaxy S4 zoom sports a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD slot) and a 1.9MP front facing camera. These are specs similar to the Galaxy S4 Mini.

Along with the Galaxy S4 zoom comes a new interface; Zoom Ring, a simple and intuitive way to access the GALAXY S4 zoom’s key features. When you’re in the middle of a phone call and you see something you absolutely have to share, a quick twist of the Zoom Ring will activate the In-Call Photo Share feature, letting you capture and send an image directly via MMS to whoever you are talking to simply.

No pricing is announced for now and it is speculated to be available in the Europe around July.