Talk about pushing the boundaries of what a smartphone is, the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is a concoction of the stunning Galaxy S4 and a Samsung digital camera. The rear of the Zoom is a pocket digital camera but with a fully-functioning smartphone on the opposite side. There is 2G, 3G and 4G available, and it weighs just 208 grams!
It was released in July 2013, perfect for the summer season, and allows people not to scrimp on their holiday photos as they have a great camera that is attached to a social-media enabled smartphone so those snaps can be uploaded instantly. There is a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen which is 4.3" in size and runs at 540 x 960 pixels with a 256ppi. OK, so it's not as high quality as the normal Samsung Galaxy S4 but that doesn't matter as the camera is 16MP (double that of the regular S4) and it has a Xenon flash, ½.33" sensor size. It comes with face and smile detection, touch focus, geo-tagging, panorama, HDR and image stabilisation.
Connecting to the Internet is easy as it comes with WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band, WiFi Hotspot and there is HDSPA as well as HSUPA if 4G isn't available. You get Near Field Communication, v4.0 Bluetooth and it has a microUSB 2.0 port. There is a secondary camera too which is 1.9MP and there is a 30fps 1080p HD video recorder.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom runs on the inaugural Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system and has a Pega Dual +XMM6262 chipset with dual-core 1.5GHz Cortex A9 CPU with Mali 400 GPU. There is a compass, proximity sensor, gyro and accelerometer, just like a regular S4. You get HTML5 browsers, an FM radio, GLONASS with AGPS support and a Java MIDP emulator. Not only do you get 8GB of memory and space for a 64GB microSD card, you get access to a 50GB DropBox account too so you can upload and protect all of your images and videos as you take them. There is S Voice natural language commands and dictation, active noise cancellation, SNS integration, an organiser, MP4 and MP3 players, all the Google apps you could ever way such as Picasa, Google Talk, Calendar, YouTube, Maps, Search and Gmail. There is an image and video editor as well as voice memo/dial and commands.
The powerful 2,330mAh battery gives you huge amounts of standby and talk time, around the 300 hour and 17 hour mark, respectively. Not only is this 'holiday smartphone' ideal for all times of year it is a stunning smartphone with a cracking camera. If you feel that the S4 is lacking the punch of a decent camera then the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the one for you. With other manufacturers bringing out 12-14MP cameras, the new Zoom is a great reply to those competitors, and you get one of the best smartphones in history to boot.
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