GS4 Zoom

19-megapixel phone-camera hybrid on the way later this year?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom wasn't our favorite device of 2013. It was too bulky for a smartphone, and offered lackluster image quality compared to most point-and-shoot cameras. Nevertheless, it seems Samsung might be about to follow up on its phone-camera hybrid in 2014 with a Galaxy S5 Zoom. Benchmark info from GFXBench points to a SM-C115 device (the S4 Zoom was SM-C101) with a 19-megapixel camera and 4.8-inch 720p display.

Hexa-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 4.8-inch display.

Other key specs include an Exynos 5 Hexa (six-core) CPU, around 2GB of RAM and around 5GB of free storage — likely an 8GB allotment with 3GB taken up by system stuff. Camera specs point to a 2MP front-facing camera alongside the 19-megapixel rear shooter, along with 1080p video recording. There's no information on what kind of optical zoom capabilities, if any, the device might offer. On the software side, it's running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and presumably Samsung's TouchWiz UI in some form or other.

But the real question is whether Samsung has been able to fix any of the design issues that made the Galaxy S4 Zoom such a pain to use. Shooting with the camera one-handed was problematic, and it wasn't the most pocket-friendly device either, with a bulky zoom lens protruding from the back. If Samsung sticks to a similar release schedule this year, we might learn more about the Galaxy S5 Zoom sometime over the summer.

Source: GFXBench; via: PhoneArena

 
There are 6 comments

scaramanga89 says:

They should have stuck to the 4.3 inch screen, it made it far more pocketable, even with the bulk. If it still has the big lens on the back it will be really ungainly. I liked my Zoom, it's just the photos were shit given the size, my 808 took much better snaps, even my N8 takes better shots to be honest. (Non Zoomed of course.)

DWR_31 says:

There are a couple of reasons why I think the larger screen size is better.
1. It gives more room across the device to manage internal components.
2. It gives a bigger view for the higher resolution images being shown on it.
3. It should allow for more surface area to grip the device.

Those are just a few off the top of my head.

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ErnstMach says:

How well did the s4 zoom sell anyways? That series seems like a very niche product from my point of view.

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TechZOnline says:

Did these really sell well enough to bother making a new model?
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DAS says:

I believe since they have decided to make a second model it means the first model did meet whatever internal sales goals they had set.

It's amazing when you consider there was hardly any national advertising of the product that I can recall.

cjb44 says:

There was advertising for it? I must have missed that one.

I loved the idea, but it wasn't a great fit if you use your phone all day for work and the camera on weekends. The question for me is does the improved camera on the S5 mean this isn't even needed?