If last year was any indication, Samsung is set to release a number of variations on the flagship Galaxy S5. In 2013, we saw not only the GS4, but the GS4 Active, Mini and Zoom, and now the successor to that smartphone/camera hybrid has leaked.
Sporting much more encouraging specs than the GS4 Zoom, this year’s version looks to have a 4.8-inch 1280×720 pixel LCD display, a Hexacore (6-core) Exynos 5 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 20MP rear camera. It will also run Android 4.4.2 out of the box with a bevy of camera optimizations and modes not found on the Galaxy-series smartphones.
This year’s camera sensor looks likely to be the same size, 1/2.3-inches, with a slightly higher pixel count at 20MP. The lens is also slightly different, offering 4.4-44mm (10x) optical zoom with an f/3.3-6.7 aperture at 24mm equivalent.
The Galaxy S5 Zoom also has a less pronounced “hump” than its predecessor, which may make it more difficult to grip but should make it look far more like an actual smartphone. We’ll have to make our own decision when the device is launched later this year, but for now things are looking promising.