The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is quite a strange device that Samsung took a risk releasing. It’s a mid-to-low-end device merged with a point and shoot camera, zoom lens and all. Featuring a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a 960×540 qHD resolution, a 1.5GHz dual core, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 2,330 mAh battery, it’s nowhere near cutting edge. But the 16MP BSI sensor with a 10x optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization, and a real xenon flash makes for a great camera, at least on paper.
This device is definitely not for those of us who like high end phones. I’d be hard pressed to call this phone mid range. It won’t win any speed competitions, but for some people, it will do. However, the camera should make up for it. If you’re a person who doesn’t care about raw performance or specs but wants to stop carrying around a point and shoot camera, this may just be the device for you.
The Galaxy S4 Zoom won’t be cheap though. When it comes exclusively to AT&T, it will cost $199.99 on contract, the same as a Galaxy S4. However, AT&T softens the blow by offering a free Galaxy Tab 3 with your purchase (though you’ll have to sign a second contract). We can’t imagine this device selling well, purely because it only appeals to a small group of people, but it’s good to see strange devices like this coming to the United States. Would you ever consider this device for yourself? Let us know in the comments!