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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review

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. There is not much else new 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 from the S4 Mini is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 from the S4 Mini is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 from the S4 Mini is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 from the S4 Mini is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Zoom - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review

Photo Suggest - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review
Photo Suggest - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review
Photo Suggest - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review
Photo Suggest - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review

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


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.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom 4614 11651 1940 / 17 fps 1743/510
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 6783 13341 3762 / 33 fps 2088 / 685
LG Optimus F7 5708 10917 2038 / 18 fps 2192 / 614
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 3303 8143 1909 / 17 fps 1524 / 415

Browser and connectivity

The TouchWiz browser is well-known to be a pretty fast renderer by now, and doesn't disappoint here too, letting you sideload Adobe Flash if needed. It is somewhat choppy at times, though, if you compare it with the ones powered by the latest and greatest chips.

The TouchWiz browser is well-known to be a pretty fast renderer - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review
The TouchWiz browser is well-known to be a pretty fast renderer - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review
The TouchWiz browser is well-known to be a pretty fast renderer - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review
The TouchWiz browser is well-known to be a pretty fast renderer - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review

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. The handset sports an infrared sensor at the top as well, so you can control your TV or home stereo with it and the dedicated app.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.2
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
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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