Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Hits AT&T on Nov. 8 for $199

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Front

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.

Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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