Samsung is looking to join the “compact camera marries cell phone” train, it appears. We saw hints of the company wanting to go that direction when it used Android for its smart camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera, but couldn’t tell whether or not Samsung would eventually want to introduce an actual phone with the same idea. According to SamMobile, they do.
It’ll be called the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, and it will house the same 16 megapixel zoom lens that is featured on the aforementioned Galaxy Camera. It won’t quite be a Galaxy S4 in some of the rest of the specs, though, with the biggest downgrade being a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display.
The rest of the known specs include 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and Jelly Bean. That means we’re not sure what to expect from the processor and RAM just yet, but don’t be surprised or too bummed out if they don’t turn out to be quite as powerful as what’s inside the Galaxy S4.
Samsung’s biggest hurdle, if true, would be trying to figure out the engineering for this thing. Samsung phones are known to be slim and light, so it will take some ingenious work to keep that tradition going. Of course, we can’t blame Samsung if they can’t squeeze this thing into a package thinner than 10mm, but even that would be an amazing feat. The device is said to be coming at some point in June or July, with black and white as the color options. Would you find interest in something like this?