With the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung introduced the first Android smartphone with an integraded point-and-shoot like zoom lens to its portfolio. Now that the Galaxy S5 has been announced, it is safe to assume that it as well will receive a ‘Zoom’ variant with a pimped-up camera feature. The S5 Zoom has indeed already been in the news lately, and now a first picture allegedly showing the device has popped up, plus some extra specs.
What we see in the picture could indeed very well be the successor to the S4 Zoom, which according to Digital Trends may not be called ‘S5 Zoom’ but rather ‘K Zoom’–for whatever reason. As is apparent from the leaked photo of the S5 Zoom, the lens has a much slimmer profile than that of the S4 Zoom. Unfortunately, the grip seems to have been removed, which means the new camera phone might not be as ergonomical as the old one.
As for the specs, the Galaxy S5 Zoom (or K Zoom) will allegedly sport a 20 megapixel sensor, a 10x optical zoom with imge stabilization, a xenon flash, a 4.8-inch 720p display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
According to this Image Sensors World report, however, the ISOCELL sensor used in the S5 Zoom will only sport 16 megapixels of resolution, but on the upside include phase detection pixels for faster autofocusing. Correction: the article by Image Sensors World is on the Samsung Galaxy S5, not the S5 Zoom. We apologize for the confusion.
It is said that the device may be announced some time in May, which means we’ll have to hold out just a bit longer until we know for certain whether the picture above shows the real thing, and what its final specs will be.