A Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom release date has reportedly been set, with the camera heavy S4 spinoff pegged to go on sale in the UK on July 8.
One of a trio of Samsung Galaxy S4 spinoffs recently confirmed for launch, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom boasts an impressive camera with 10x optical zoom and will line up alongside the 4.3-inch Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the waterproof Samsung Galaxy S4 Active.
While a number of recent reports have pegged the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini release date for this weekend, independent online retailer Clove has now claimed the S4 Zoom will go on sale a week on Monday.
Allowing wannabe S4 Zoom owners to pre-order their smartphone turn compact camera right now, the retailer has claimed the Android powered handset will start shipping on July 8. A Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom price tag has been set by the retailer at £442.80.
While Clove has stated “First stock [is] due week commencing July 8th,” Samsung has yet to offer any official word on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom release date.
In announcing the S4 Zoom, Active and Mini, Samsung suggested that, having looked to milk the cashcow that is its flagship smartphone brand dry, there would be no further Samsung Galaxy S4 spinoffs making an appearance.
“With the arrival of the Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Zoom we can finally say the Galaxy S4 range is complete,” DJ Lee, President and Head of Sales and Marketing for Samsung’s IT and Mobile Communications Division said.
A July 8 Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom release date would see the South Korean manufacturer’s new camera phone offering hit retailers just days before what is likely to become its biggest rival is formally announced. On July 11 Nokia, at a New York launch event, is expected to unveil the Nokia Lumia 1020, a Windows Phone 8 handset with a 41-megapixel PureView camera.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Features
Something of a hybrid device, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is half smartphone, half compact camera with the 4.3-inch device packing Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean alongside its showpiece 16-megapixel snapper with a 10x optical zoom.
With a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display lining up with a relatively low key 960 x 540p display and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom specs sheet sees the handset further benefit from a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, further expandable via microSD.
Landing alongside the showpiece 16-megapixel snapper, the S4 Zoom adds a 1.9-megapixel forward-facing camera and a 2330mAh Lithium-Ion battery. The handset lines up at a considerable 15.4mm thick and a hearty 208g in weight.
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