Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom was announced earlier this year, and now the photo-centric smartphone has landed on its first U.S. carrier. AT&T has announced that it will begin selling the Galaxy S4 Zoom for $199.99 on a two-year contract, or $25 per month via the carrier’s NEXT plan.
The device is the first smartphone to feature a 10x optical zoom, and essentially looks more like a digital camera than it does a smartphone. The handset is one of Samsung’s many Galaxy S4 variants, joining the the flagship Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Mini. In addition to its 16-megapixel camera with a massive zoom lens, the handset comes equipped with a 1.5-GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch 940 x 540 qHD display and 8GB of onboard storage.
However, when compared alongside the Nokia Lumia 1020, which comes with a gargantuan 41-megapixel sensor, the Galaxy S4 Zoom falls short. In our head-to-head challenge, we preferred the Lumia 1020 as the best overall camera phone in terms of design, camera performance, specs and battery life. The Galaxy S4 Zoom boasted a better display and user interface than its Windows Phone rival, but it wasn’t enough to win the competition.