The Galaxy S4 may have only just been released by Samsung, but already, the Korean outfit appears to be planning a whole host of spin-off versions of its flagship handset. As with last year’s release of the S III, which eventually spawned a multitude of different variants, Samsung is looking to widen the appeal of the Galaxy S4 with a sparse line-up. Following in the footsteps of the already-speculated Galaxy S4 Mini and a further, waterproof / dustproof model, SamMobile reports that the company is preparing a Galaxy S4 Zoom, complete with a 16-megapixel camera.
The camera of the standard Galaxy S4, while perhaps still no match for the PureView of the Nokia Lumia 920, more than holds its own; but there is room for improvement, and it looks as though Samsung wishes to bring these improvements sooner as opposed to later. It would be naïve to presume that a bump in megapixels will automatically equate to vastly improved images and videos, but from what SamMobile gathers, the Galaxy S4 Zoom will be very focused on that photography market.
Samsung is very keen on piquing the interests of wannabe photographers, as illustrated by last year’s release of the Galaxy Camera, and with so many consumers now considering the quality of images and video among their main concerns when smartphone shopping, the Galaxy S 4 Zoom would seek to capitalize on that.
As well as the 16-megapixel camera, the device is said to feature 4.3-inch qHD display, 8 gigs of internal storage space, a microSD slot, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and Android Jelly Bean. So while the camera will be at the higher-end of the hardware spectrum, most of the other internals will see the device itself take a mid-range stance.
SamMobile touts it as arriving either next month or the month after, and should certainly be on the radar of those of you out there partial to taking photos on your smartphone.
If this handset is to make it to market in June or July as the report suggests, then we would expect some kind of official announcement in the near future. We’ll be keeping our eyes and ears out for any other information pertaining to the Zoom, so stay tuned to our coverage here at Redmond Pie!