Samsung Challenges Nokia’s PureView With New Galaxy S4 Zoom

Is it a phone? Is it a camera? The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is both and represents Samsung’s answer to Nokia’s market-leading camera phone PureView technology. After having been leaked over the weekend, the camera phone has finally been announced in London by Samsung. The Galaxy S4 Zoom uses Google’s Android operating system and comes with a 10X optical zoom lens, 16-megapixel sensor, Xenon flash, optical image stabilization, and a built-in phone.

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“As communication continues to become increasingly visual in nature, people wish to capture and share their moments in the highest quality possible, but often do not have the space or inclination to carry a dedicated camera for this purpose,” Samsung mobile head JK Shin notes. “The GALAXY S4 zoom changes this forever, combining the industry leading functionality and connectivity of the GALAXY S4 with the high quality photographic experience you’d expect from a compact camera. The result is truly the best of both worlds, without compromise.”

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The device comes with a unique zoom ring can quickly launch you into some of the camera modes or even an easy sharing mode.

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.

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On the phone side, you do have a 4.3-inch qHD resolution touchscreen display and a form factor that looks like a more compact version of Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy Camera. The Galaxy Camera comes with a 21X optical zoom and options for 4G LTE/3G connectivity, though the device doesn’t allow for phone calling and only has a data modem. The new Galaxy S4 Zoom has both voice calling and data network access.

The device is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. It has 8 GB of storage built-in and a memory card slot.

We’ll likely hear more about the Galaxy S4 Zoom at Samsung’s June 20th London event. Pricing and availability are still not announced at this time. At this time, it’s unclear if this device will hit the U.S. market as Samsung did not mention any U.S. availability in its press release.

Comments

  1. Tomek Stolarz says

    This camera is no rival of the Nokia EOS.

    I don’t understand why people keep writing this cameraphone was a rival to the Nokia EOS.
    This is not a phone. It is primarly a camera. It has a phone function only by the way.
    BTW

    This is far to big to be a phone.

    In fact there is plenty competition for the Galaxy s4 zoom out there:

    Altek Leo
    Casio Exilim W63CA

    Panasonic Lumix Phone
    LG L-03C
    Polaroid SC1630
    LG KC910
    Casio CA003
    LG P7200
    UTEC M960
    Polaroid iM1836 !!!
    FujiFilm FinePix S8400W !!
    Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera
    Canon PowerShot N
    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3

    These are all so called “cameraphones”, thus cameras, which have a phone function BTW. The Galaxy s4 zoom is clearly one of tchem. It is FAR TO BIG to be a phone.

    In my opinion it is only called a phone, because Samsung thinks it would be easier to compete agaist one competitor – Nokia EOS, than against all the other devices mentioned.

    And the second reason, why they call it a phone and even give it the name of the galaxy phones product lines, is simply because Samsung has nothing it could compete with against the Nokia EOS.

    Samsung doesn’t even have anything to compete with against the Nokia 808, but this was a Symbian phone.

    Now the Nokia EOS is running Microsoft Windows 8. This gives Samsung the creeps as it is definitely going to show how weak Samsung is and how they have literally nothig to put against the Nokia EOS.

    I think these are the only reasons Samsung calls the S4 Zoon a phone, while in reallity it is simply a camera and won’t have the application as a phone, which the Nokia EOS is going to have.

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