We compare – Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom


ModelSamsung Galaxy S4 zoomSamsung I9500 Galaxy S4
Processordual-coreExynos 5 Octa 5410
ClockUp to 1.5GHzUp to 1.6GHz
GPU typeTBAPowerVR SGX 544MP3
Screen size (inches)4.35.0
Screen resolution540 x 960 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Screen typeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreenSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Operating systemAndroid 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage8 GB (5 GB user available)16/32/64 GB
External storagemicroSD, up to 64 GBmicroSD, up to 64 GB
Battery type2330mAh Li-Ion2600mAh Li-Ion
- standby timeNot availableNot available
- talk timeNot availableNot available
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.0 with A2DPv4.0 with A2DP
2G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Rear camera16 MP with Xenon flash and 10X-optical zoom lens13 MP (4128 x 3096 pixels) with autofocus
Front camera1.9 MP2 MP
Video recordingUp to 1080p@30fpsUp to 1080p@30fps
Dimensions125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
Weight208 grams130 grams
Announce DateJune 2013March 2013

s4zoom1s4This flagship smartphone category is no different to any other – competition is fierce and it takes something different to stand out among the crowd. In this head-to-head, we’re putting the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom up against the Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 to see how they compare.

In the engine room, the Galaxy S4 Zoom gets a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU while the original Galaxy S4 features an Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chip under the bonnet running at a clock speed of 1.6GHz. Processors don’t get far with enough RAM to keep them happy and here, the Galaxy S4 gets a 2 GB cache of memory to use; the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom features 1.5 GB of RAM. The S4 Zoom delivers a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen technology-based panel, measuring 4.3 inches with 540 x 960 pixels-pixel resolution – that’s in contrast to the Galaxy S4 with its 5.0-inch panel built from Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen technology with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The Zoom has decent graphics speed thanks to its integrated graphics processor unit (GPU) core but the Galaxy S4 runs through apps and games with its PowerVR SGX 544MP3 graphics core.

We all need plenty of storage and the Galaxy S4 has that covered with 16/32/64 GB of built-in storage while the Zoom only includes an 8 GB (5 GB user available) cache of available flash memory. But if you need more than the internally supplied storage, both devices offer microSD, up to 64 GB. If the operating system is a make-or-break option, you’ll find both phones feature the latest version of Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) inside to handle apps and games.

As for portable power, you can never really have too much of this and the S4 delivers a 2600mAh Li-Ion battery inside whereas the Zoom comes up with a 2330mAh Li-Ion battery to keep you going.

Most devices these days will have all the major network bands covered – here, the Galaxy S4 delivers 2G coverage on 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz and has 3G covered over the 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz bands; by contrast, the Zoom’s 2G coverage is also based around the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz bands and its 3G is on 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz. Wireless connectivity is deliver through the 802.11 a/b/g/n-standard options inside the Zoom. The Galaxy S4 pulls ahead, providing 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless networking. For close-proximity features, both phones provide Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP support on-board.

You no longer need a dedicated digital camera – here’s why: the Galaxy S4 offers a simple 2 MP image sensor on the front but will take its best photos using the main 13 MP (4128 x 3096 pixels) with autofocus image sensor on the back. But all eyes are on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom with its class-leading 16 MP sensor with Xenon flash and 10X-optical zoom lens on the back, plus a lighter 1.9 MP option doing personal shots and selfies. If you want video capture, both phones can provide video recording up to 1080p@30fps.

And finally, in this Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom battle, you get all of those features inside a 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm package for the Zoom weighing 208 grams. The Galaxy S4 measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm and weighs in at 130 grams. The Zoom was announced in June 2013 while the original Galaxy S4 first appeared in March 2013.

NOTE: All specifications are subject to change and may not be correct at time of purchase. Please check before you buy any device that it meets your expectations and requirements.

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