Samsung Readies Galaxy S IV Zoom with 16 MP Camera

Samsung is using not just the design of the Galaxy S IV as template for dozens of other (read: cheaper) devices in its sky-scraping product stack, it's also using the name. Joining the Galaxy S IV Mini (smaller, shrunk-down), and Galaxy S IV Active (ruggedized, waterproof), is a new entry, the Galaxy S IV Zoom, with a 'focus' on the imaging department.

The Galaxy S IV Zoom isn't just the 5-incher with better optics, it's a whole new device. Bearing the model number "SM-C1010," the Galaxy S IV Zoom features a compact 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with a paltry qHD (960 x 540 pixels) resolution, a dual- or quad-core processor, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, and micro-SDXC card support.

All the fuss about this device surrounds its imaging. It features a gargantuan 16-megapixel sensor, fronted by a 21X optical zoom lens. This lens would obviously have to be telescopic à la point-and-shooters, so we dread to know the phone's thickness.

The Galaxy S IV Zoom could be a fusion between Samsung's Galaxy Camera and Galaxy S smartphone lines, strategically placed against Nokia's upcoming Lumia 928, and Sony's upcoming Xperia i1.