SamMobile published an image this afternoon that really kind of explains itself: this is, purportedly, the Galaxy S4 Zoom. The concept is obviously pretty simple - it's a Samsung smartphone with a big-ass camera mounted on the back. Don't get your hopes too far up on the smartphone aspect, though, as even SamMobile is tempering expectations on the specifications. Allegedly, the S4 Zoom will be packing a 4.3" qHD display, dual-core 1.6GHz processor (likely a Qualcomm chip), 8GB of internal storage (with microSD slot, of course), and Android 4.2.2.


So, essentially, this is more like a Galaxy S4 Mini that has had aforementioned freakishly large camera module attached to it. The camera will supposedly pack a 16MP sensor (sensor size unknown as of yet) with an unspecified amount of optical zoom capability. I'm not exactly sure who this is going to appeal to - a mid-range smartphone with a high-end camera that is going to be ridiculously thick - but I guess Samsung's at least trying some different form factors out.

The volume rocker has been moved to the right (top) side to act as a zoom control, and an added circular shutter button is a duh-obvious design decision.

As for the authenticity of the image, it's pretty hard to go one way or the other. On the one hand, the angle lines up exactly with previous Samsung press shots, though the June 5th date is a bit odd, considering most people are expecting the Galaxy S4 Zoom to be unveiled at Samsung's June 20th event in London. The dark blue band with the product name scrawled across the homescreen isn't exactly normal, either. The overall quality of the image - aside from the fact that is blown up beyond its original dimensions - is also fairly convincing.

The one thing I would note is that the zoom lens appears to be sticking ridiculously far out from the body of the phone, so far as to be almost un-pocketable, in my mind. However, it's entirely possible this is just the angle playing visual tricks, or that this image depicts the lens extended.

It's worth nothing there's also nothing here that outright screams "fake." It's a tough call. I guess we'll have to wait until June 20th to be sure.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    I had to restrain myself in the article, but OH MY GOD SAMSUNG WHAT ARE YOU DOING KILL IT WITH FIRE.

    • simpleas

      Why? I can see why some people would want this phone. I think it's great.

    • Michael Ta

      I'll pass this suggestion towards Samsung.

      • Michael Ta

        bad news. Samsung is trying something that they have no idea about.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      This is what we need a phone with a proper camera to look like https://twitter.com/vizileaks

    • Stephen

      How dare they make something that might not appeal to the elitest flavor of the week loving AP staff

  • Mr E
  • Polyg0n

    That looks... huge

    • Danrarbc

      That's what she said

      • Michael Ta

        that's what Polyg0n said.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Why would a company want to release something that's primary purpose is to be a camera and then limit it to 8GB? I know it has an SD slot etc etc - but that's really not the point - flash memory is not *that* expensive these days - there really is no excuse to not at the very least have 16GB onboard - especially as with Android 2.2 and all the Samsung bumph you are going to be looking at what 4.5GB available?

    • Sean Cummins

      Just about every digital camera ever relies on external memory. If you're shooting that much, you're probably going to be swapping cards frequently.

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        Yes, because Android doesn't mind at all when you swap SD cards having already moved most of your apps to SD because the internal memory is so small.....

  • pdq3

    "Why would a company want to release something that's primary purpose is to be a camera and then limit it to 8GB? "

    Ummm...because it's target market seems to attracted more to ticks on a spec sheet than actual usability?

    I mean, right now, Samsung is in full throw-everything-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks mode, and based on the dive its stock took today, it looks like not much has been sticking.

    • A Griffith

      You have to understand how much the market and those boneheads that write for all the financial publications have tied up in Apple stock doing well. They've essentially preached Apple's stock as the 2nd coming and they do whatever they can to pump the slightest of things as huge news and a potential hit to Samsung. The trade in program offered by Apple will be of no more benefit than the same programs offered by the telecom providers and many of the independent resellers. The sliding sales are something that even the mighty iPhone 5 suffered from. Consumers are realizing there's as much innovation in software as there is hardware. Because of that hardware refreshes aren't garnering the sales that they used to when each device was such a radical departure from the previous. This will be the same problem the iPhone 5S or 6 will have when it comes out in the fall (short of maybe a huge phone or really new shape).

  • http://samsung-updates.com/ Krzysztof Bryk

    its a render 'someone' made from this sketch https://twitter.com/BoskiByczyByk/status/343101732617854976 and those dummies paid for it :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Er, this picture looks nothing like that device, but OK.

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    Sony Honami and Nokia EOS will be the only contenders in this years battle of camera phones.