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When Samsung started expanding its "trademark" navigation control design (elongated physical home button + two capacitive buttons) beyond its smartphone range, I bet you never thought it would get this far. TechTastic has grabbed some photos of the alleged Galaxy S4 Zoom, a camera-phone hybrid based on the ubiquitous Galaxy S4. These photos roughly match the leaked press image that SamMobile showed off yesterday. This thing is real, or at least real enough that some hardware has been produced.

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The S4 Zoom follows the same basic layout of the original Galaxy Camera: smartphone screen and interface in front, powerful point-and-shoot 'round the back. From a head-on view, you could certainly confuse this model with the S4, or at least a smaller, cheaper version. Unconfirmed specifications for the S4 Zoom include a 4.3-inch 960x540 AMOLED display, a 1.6Ghz dual-core processor, W-Fi only (in this model), and 8GB of storage with a MicroSD card slot. Regular readers will realize that the internal specs match up pretty well with the Galaxy S4 Mini.

As for the camera part of this... camera, the primary sensor is 16 megapixels. There's some kind of optical zoom on the lens, and Samsung's typical phone buttons have been swapped for dedicated shutter and zoom controls. The device in these photos looks it might be a pre-production model - note the unusually wide gaps in the 3 plastic seams. These specs are a bit strange next to the current Galaxy Camera, which has a quad-core processor and a larger 720p screen - perhaps this is a budget-friendly model intended to be priced below a true sequel in the marketplace.

TechTastic thinks the Galaxy S4 Zoom will be officially announced at Samsung's Premiere London event on June 20th. Since they seem to have announced everything else close to completion (including the S4 Active, S4 Mini, and two new Galaxy Tab 3 models) at or around Computex, that seems like a pretty safe bet.

Via TechTastic

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Kwills88

    I love samsung, but it looks like they literally just glued on a camera to the back of the S4.

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      I was about to post a similar comment. Samsung's cool and all, but this literally looks like an S4 with a point and shoot duct taped to it.

      • bat0nas

        And? What is a problem with that? What is wrong with S4+camera_on_the_back?

        • Aleksey_US

          I wish it has S4 specs and not the Mini ;( or even better the Google Edition Stock OS...

        • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

          The problem is that it looks only marginally better than dog poo... and still won't take pictures as good as a compact Canon or Nikon or Lumix or Cybershot or Finepix. Made for the gimmick-gullible audience.

          • bat0nas

            Will those "compact Canon or Nikon or Lumix or Cybershot or Finepix" have Android 4.2.2 and all the smartphone features associated with that?

          • dextersgenius

            No, but it's primary purpose is a camera and if you go by the original Galaxy camera, it's just a waste of money. Anyone willing to spend that much money on a camera should just get a NEX or something similar.

          • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

            No, because they don't need it. They've got Wi-Fi and can push a whole bunch of photos to any smartphone or tablet or laptop in a minute. What you see here is not a smartphone and someone has to be a total retard to call it a phone. Its a (probably mediocre) camera with a smartphone stuck on its back. Useless junk that no one will buy, just like the previous Galaxy Camera.

          • Krzysztof Jozwik

            I'm sure not a single person will buy this. You are correct.

          • Paul_Werner

            I think you were downvoted because you forgot to add the /sarcasm tag

      • dextersgenius

        I love AP, but it looks like you literally copied Kwills88's comment and pasted it in the comment box.

        • TheFirstUniverseKing

          Does it not look like an S4 with a point and shoot attached to it? I admit my comment was similar to his, which was why I decided to make it a reply, as a way of agreeing with the OP, rather than having it be its own separate comment.

          • dextersgenius

            That's why there's a "Vote up" button.

          • TheFirstUniverseKing

            Whoops, my bad. Are you going to arrest me for sharing a similar opinion? I didn't think actual Android Police were on this site.

          • Krzysztof Jozwik

            He's the Google Gestapo, be careful.

          • BehelitOutlaw

            TheFirstUniverseKing, bring me zis one für interogation!

  • ERIFNOMI

    Interesting. The only reason I see for such a device existing is for someone who is serious enough about photography that they want a device dedicated for that purpose but they don't want to carry a camera and a phone so they'll settle for a point-and-shoot/phone hybrid. I suppose it's the ultimate trade-off between a nice camera and the saying "the best camera is the one you have with you."

    • Haunter

      This. Those mocking it clearly aren't the target demo. For a shutterbug, this looks like a fantastic device. There was a period when I constantly carried a point and shoot everywhere (sometimes a vid cam as well)... during that time in my life, this would have been a god send... a decently powerful smartphone with a powerful quickshot camera.

    • Lucian

      If sensor size will be the same as S4 or Galaxy Camera it will not be worth much..
      For this year two big contenders for great camera phones are Sony Honami and Nokia EOS which will both feature really big sensor and top of the line optics.

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      How about this is a stepping stone to a legitimate all in one smart device?

  • jonathan3579

    I think I just threw up in my mouth.

  • David Margolin

    there's a lot of hate for this but if they price it right, I might buy...

    • jonathan3579

      Because it's fucking ugly and serves no real purpose. Yeah...

      • David Margolin

        its a camera that runs android... i would take that over my old sony cybershot any time... but only if the price is right...

        • jonathan3579

          That's your argument for this? Come on, bro. Samsung already has a camera that runs Android. That is a piss poor design with Samsung only trying to rake in more cash for these half-assed products.

          • David Margolin

            yeah, and this is the newest version of that camera... why is this a half-assed product? cause it looks ugly? it could look like a dead dog... as long as it takes good shots... no1 buys a camera based on how it looks...

          • jonathan3579

            The newest version of that camera? Perhaps you've forgotten but that camera was never intended to be a phone. This will in all likelihood be a huge gimmick much like the Galaxy Camera was. It took decent photos like many current phones do but it was not anything special. This, well, it will fall into the same vein.

          • Krzysztof Jozwik

            This is the phone that is intended to also be a camera, not just a shitty sensor on the back of a phone because all phones have cameras. What is with the fucking hate?

          • Aleksey_US

            Your point? It's an OK camra for Gen 1... and there were so many people who would have bought it if it had a functioning phone... Now it's much slimmer and it has a phone...

    • Lucian

      Better watch out for Sony Honami ;) Better in everything than S4 zoom.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      The price won't be right, though. I think the original is $500.

      • David Margolin

        yeah.. i figured..

  • HellG

    it's supposed to go head to head against the Nokia lumia EOS guys....

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

      The Nokia EOS, or whatever it's going to be called, looks amazing compared to this.

      • Bleakvision

        Their designers played too much SeamCity:-)

  • sourabh

    nokia pureview looks better

  • Jason Bailey

    So is this "wifi" only implied above, or can it be used as a phone as well?

    I personally would't buy one, but its all about giving customers choice, which is a good thing. There will be a market for this if it has the phone functions built in.

  • ThePhanein

    So, I'm thinking that this won't be nearly as good compared to the Galaxy Camera.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    Wow, a Galaxy S4 and a compact camera, frankensteined together to make one hell of an ugly gadget. I thought Samsung had peaked at ugly, but oh no, seems like they've outdone themselves yet again! The Galaxy Camera from last year looks like a Braun product compared to this..

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      How are Samsung products ugly? Because they have a screen, some buttons, and a back? I guess Apple is sexy because it has...drumroll...a screen, some buttons, and a back? Oh wait, they have an apple on the back so it's fucking sexy as shit.

      • milksop held

        Well because the screen buttons and back are ugly on the s4

      • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

        Lets see: A Lada has doors, four wheels, a windscreen and some seats. A DB9 has the same things.. so they must look equally beautiful. Right?

        Seen how the HTC One or the iPhone 5 or the Lumia 925? I never mentioned Apple, its funny how you just assume I must be an Apple fan because I called Samsung's designs ugly. Shortsighted much?

  • Bleakvision

    Why call everything "Galaxy-something - ", when you can call it "Galaxy S4 - something-". Brilliant!

  • xxd

    Frankly,

    This phone won't make it.

    All android phones have an inherent flaw - its malware

    99% mobile viruses and other mobile malware comes for android.

    This is funny if you consider, that android comes from linux, which was thought to be very secure.

    I'd like to cite a report:

    "Security firm McAfee warns that Google’s mobile operating system is being targeted by hackers more than any other platform.Android accounts for nearly all mobile malware and more than 14,000 threats have been discovered in the first three months of 2013 alone."

    My advice ... if you are not 10 years old and haveany valuable data, better switch to Iphone or Nokia Lumia before you get a 5000 dolar bill for expensive sms or your bank account gets cleaned...

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

      Obvious troll is obvious..

    • dextersgenius

      Reported.

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      Yes, if you download you apps from malware ridden .cn sites you're phone will be full of malware, who would thunk it.

      • xxd

        You should know, that gogle is not checking app for malware before they get posted on the gogle play app store

        this is probably the main reason why there is so much malware for android

        the numer 90%+ is true

        Apple and Microsoft heck ry app before allowing it on their app store
        I do not know why gooogle can not do this to proct their users from malware

        • Krzysztof Jozwik

          Is Google really that hard? 2 fucking o's.

    • milksop held

      Troll :0

    • Guest

      My advice ... if you are not 10 years old, don't troll with stupid comments on the internet.

  • Babs Oyed

    This thing couldn't have been uglier if it was shrapnel from a haphazardly made bomb

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