Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 hasn’t gone on sale yet, but a benchmarking webpage has seen rumours gather about at least one spin-off smartphone, the S5 Zoom. This would replace the S4 Zoom, released a short while after the Galaxy S4 made its debut in 2013.
An S5 Zoom would probably be another high-end camera phone, designed to take on similar devices from Nokia and Sony. The S4 Zoom is a niche device, with limited appeal thanks to its bulky design. According to a new leak, the S5 Zoom has been in testing since last year, and like the S4 Zoom, the specs differ from its flagship cousin.
The main draw is inevitably going to be the camera, which may have 19 megapixels and record 1080p video. We’d expect it to have an optical zoom function too, if it’s to live up to its name. A basic 2 megapixel camera may be mounted above the screen.
Apparently, the S5 Zoom will have a smaller 4.8-inch touchscreen with a 720p resolution, dropping down from the 5.1-inch, 1080p screen on the standard S5. An Exynos processor could power the device, but rather than a quad-core chip, it may be a hexa-core processor of Samsung’s own design. Samsung has already used a hexa-core chip inside the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. Other possible features include 16GB of memory, NFC, and Android 4.4.2.
Samsung released the S4 Mini, S4 Zoom, and S4 Active – all spin-off phones from the Galaxy S4 – in June 2013, so similar phones can be expected in a few months time, if the company sticks to the same schedule this year.