Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom in the works, specs tipped in new benchmark


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Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

After launching the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom last year to raving reviews (we kid, although our own Rob Jackson was a big fan of the optical zoom), it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that Samsung would be working on a followup. Many criticized the original for being a little light on specs (and not worthy of the Galaxy S4 name), but then again, corners had to be cut in order to squeeze point-n-shoot camera tech into an affordable smartphone.

So, what does Samsung have in store for the sequel? Well, according to a benchmark that popped up on GFXBench, we might be able to expect a slight spec bump over last year’s model, although once again — the device still may not befitting of its Galaxy S5 name. This time around we’re looking at a 19MP camera on the back (up from the 16MP on the S4 Zoom), and 2MP on the front. No word on how much of the zoom-zoom it’ll have this time around, but expect around the same 10x.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom specs GFXBench 1

On its smartphone side, the Galaxy S5 Zoom will house a 4.8-inch 720p SAMOLED display, Exynos “hexa-core” SoC (same as found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo), as well as 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, and NFC — all running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Still unrevealed is the actual design of the phone, something we don’t imagine will stray too far from Samsung’s current Galaxy design language. In other words, expect it to look very similar to last year’s model. We’ll let you know when we hear more.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. either people are actually buying these things or samsung has a lot of money to waste.


    1. If people weren’t buying them Samsung wouldn’t continue to waste precious R&D on them.

    2. This product doesn’t sound bad at all though. Decent processor, decent screen with a higher resolution than the iPhone, good amount of ram, and excellent front and rear cameras. Sounds solid.

    3. If the camera sensor doesn’t suck, I’ll consider it when it’s time to upgrade. If it’s the same sensor as the last one, I won’t bother.

  2. I’ve never seen anyone with this phone. Samsung waste their time with this when they could be making a Galaxy S5 Prime… smh

  3. As this article says, samsung sources all the parts from the corporate parts bin, so even if the sales are minimal, it probably doesn’t take all that many r&d dollars.

  4. Well, they could release the premium version, call it the Galaxy F, and then spin it as, “Well, it’s not a new version of the GS5, it’s the Galaxy F!”

  5. Well, news is that the Galaxy S6 is on its way next year too. I read it here.


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