Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphone with Galaxy S2 specs

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Last year at IFA in Germany, Samsung launched the Galaxy Camera, which we said was like the S3 with a 21x optical zoom. Back then, we posit that this was essentially camera with smartphone features bar voice call capabilities (although you could get Skype on it via Google Play).

Fast forward to June 2013 and Samsung unleashed a new smartphone called the Galaxy S4 Zoom which it says “combines the stylish heritage of the Galaxy S4 with advanced photographic capabilities”.

Look closer though and you’ll find that the specs are closer to the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD which was launched last year, a phone that was only available in the US on AT&T.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with a dual-core SoC clocked at 1.5GHz with 3G and 4G functionality (depending on market, we might either see Qualcomm and potentially either Marvell, Samsung or Broadcom).

Other specifications include 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 4.3in qHD Super AMOLED display (that’s 960 x 540 pixels), Android 4.2 Jelly bean, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera. As for the rear camera part, it has a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with a 10x optical zoom with a number of so-called SMART modes and a Xenon flash.

The phone, Samsung says, will be available in the summer and UK dates will be confirmed nearer. Handtec sells the Samsung GC100 Galaxy Camera for under £324 and we’d expect the S4 Zoom to be priced around that figure.