Hands-on with the crazy Galaxy S4 Zoom

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I'm Andrew Hoyle for CNET and I'm here checking out the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. Now, we look at the phone from the front. It looks basically like an S4. They've got very similar stylings and a 4.3-inch screen. Turn it around, though, and you can see, it looks a lot like a standard compact digital camera. You've got the chunky handgrip on the side over here, and of course, its enormous lens barrel on the other side. Now, that lens provides a 10x optical zoom, making the S4 Zoom the only smartphone with an optical zoom built-in. All that camera kit does of course bulk out the phone. It's a lot fatter and heavier than the standard S4, so it won't appeal if you just want a camera phone to slide into your jeans. It's got a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor which is physically bigger than what you find in normal smartphones, which allows to take in more light, therefore giving a better image quality. At least, that's the idea. I haven't been able to take any test shots yet, so we'll have to see what we can really do. As a phone, it might be a bit disappointing for those of you wanting a fully-fledged S4. The screen only has a 960x540-pixel display. That's a big step down from the full HD resolution of the actual S4 and it's a dual rather than quad-core processor. It's running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but Samsung has given a few tweaks to make the camera easy to access. With its considerably bigger size, the S4 Zoom isn't going to appeal to those of you wanting a slim and light smartphone to slide into your jeans. Instead, it's aimed squarely at the shutterbugs who value image quality above pocketability. Make sure to keep it CNET for all the latest news and the full review. I'm Andrew Hoyle and this is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.

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