By Stephen Schenck | May 7, 2013 3:46 PM
Samsung loves grouping together smartphones into families. Of course there’s the Galaxy S lineup, and then within those ranks we see even smaller groupings, like how we expect a Galaxy S 4 Mini to arrive and join the GS4 itself. This time around, it’s sounded like that family could be larger than ever, thanks to talk about a waterproof edition called the Galaxy S 4 Active. Today a new rumor arrives that could point to yet another GS4 spin-off, or rather it might if we could make much sense out of it.
According to SamMobile, Samsung is working on a device called the Galaxy S 4 Zoom. It seems like we’re up against a language barrier or something here, because the descriptions don’t make a lot of sense as written. The model is intermittently called Samsung’s “first camera phone” as well as its “first camera phone with a 16 megapixel camera.” That’s puzzling, as Samsung clearly already has both smartphones with cameras and cameras running smartphone software. So, is this a regular smartphone with a higher-res camera, or something more akin to the Galaxy Camera itself (above)?
In any case, the specs sound like a mixed bag: a 4.3-inch qHD screen and only 8GB of internal storage point to a lower-end model, but the high-res camera belies that assessment.
Another odd tidbit is that the name Galaxy S 4 Zoom sure seems to imply some sort of optical zoom, yet that’s mentioned nowhere in the provided specs.
Considering all this, along with supposed model number of SM-C1010, we’re inclined to think this might be a new Galaxy Camera rather than a phone, but it’s really hard to get a solid read on this rumor.