AT&T has officially announced availability for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, the point-and-shoot smartphone camera that will make many casual photographers happy. The device is launching November 8th for $200, a price that will obviously come with the need to sign a new two-year contract agreement. You can take the AT&T Next approach, of course, which gives you the phone for $25 a month (no down payment) and the option to upgrade after one year.
The 16 megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor is outfitted with 10X optical zoom, which is something quite unheard of for a smartphone. It also has the oft-preferred Xenon flash. This wouldn’t be the first phone with such a camera, but it is the first time a mainstream option from a mainstream company has entered the fold.
Non-camera specs for the Galaxy S4 Zoom include a 4.3-inch qHD display, a Pega-Dual +XMM6262 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable up to 64GB using a microSD card), Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi N, NFC and more. It should launch with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean from the start, and will have Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface sitting on top.
It reads like an entry-level phone through and through, though we’re sure that sweet sensor on the back is going to reel in many folks at the point of sale. Let us know if you’ll be one of those come November 8th when it’s finally available.