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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

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Interface and functionality

The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 from the S4 Mini is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Zoom, with a bit of photography apps thrown in like Photo Suggest or a Video Editor, which will probably make it to the final edition too. There is not much else to this popular Samsung interface, so you can refer to our S4 Mini review for the nitty-gritty if you are unfamiliar with it, as the big changes are only in the camera app, which we will preview in a bit.

The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview

The only gripe we have with the UI is that a dedicated landscape mode isn't included, like on the recent Galaxy Mega 6.3, and a cameraphone that will be often used in a landscape position would really make a good use out of it.


Processor and memory

A 1.5 GHz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor with Mali-400 GPU is what's powering the Galaxy S4 Zoom, aided by 1.5 GB of RAM, and the phone also hosts 8 GB of internal memory, plus a microSD slot for expansion. This chipset is nothing to write home about in terms of benchmarking prowess, but does the job of running Jelly Bean, apps and the camera interface sufficiently quick with barely a perceivable lag.


Browser and connectivity

The TouchWiz browser is well-known to be a pretty fast renderer by now, and doesn't disappoint here as well, letting you sideload Adobe Flash if needed. The S4 Zoom has both LTE and HSPA+ versions, with the HSPA+ speeds hitting 21.1 Mbps, if your carrier can supply that. Other than these radios, we get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and NFC but no FM Radio. There is also an infrared sensor at the top of the phone, so you can control your TV, home stereo and the like with the phone's dedicated app.

The TouchWiz browser - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz browser - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz browser - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
The TouchWiz browser - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview


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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.2
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera16 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1.5 GB RAM
Size4.94 x 2.50 x 0.61 inches
(125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm)
7.34 oz  (208 g)

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