With many people already replacing their point-and-shoot cameras with their smartphones, Samsung is rumored to be taking advantage of this trend with the upcoming release of its first camera phone that will boast a 16-megapixel camera.
Dubbed the Galaxy S4 Zoom, the handset will be another variation of Sammy’s latest flagship smartphone, though this model will likely be aimed at the photo-friendly user. This isn’t the first time the South Korean company has combined smart capabilities and a 16-megapixel sensor, as its Galaxy Camera offered users the functionality of a basic camera with the characteristics of a smartphone, minus the ability to make phone calls of course.
Now it seems Sammy is taking what it has learned from the smart camera and blending it with its latest handset. According to a new report, Samsung opted for a slightly smaller screen on the Galaxy S4 Zoom, as the handset will sport a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display instead of the 5-inch screen seen on the fourth-generation Galaxy S. The smartphone will also feature 8GB of storage, with microSD card support up to 64GB, and a GPS.
Details of the processor were not mentioned, though the chipset is likely to be either dual-core or quad-core. The amount of RAM is also unknown at this time. The Galaxy S4 Zoom will support Bluetooth 4.0 LE and WiFi 802.11 n, and will run Android Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay.
While the 16-megapixel shooter is certainly the highlight of this handset, the real draw will be the amount of zoom Sammy’s smartphone can offer. With most smartphones only offering digital zoom, which tends to compromise the quality of the picture, optical zoom is the better option. However, adding such a feature to the S4 will undoubtedly add bulk, so it will be interesting to see if Samsung can incorporate optical zoom while maintaining the smartphone’s slim design.
And with a rumored release of either June or July, we won’t have to wait long to see the outcome.