Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

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Battery life

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 2330mAh battery. That's a pretty decent size and it's a lot bigger than the 1900mAh battery packed into the similarly specced Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

The battery is also removable, so if it ever wears out, or you just fancy keeping a spare with you, you can easily change it.

While your mileage may vary we were pretty impressed with the battery in the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. Under heavy mixed use it lasted over a day - and that was under the rigours of being reviewed. We reckon that with moderate use it could probably stretch to two days.

The biggest drain appeared to be web browsing, followed by using the camera and then by watching videos. Actually making calls seemed to cause very little drain and listening to music didn't cause much either, presumably because the screen wasn't in use much.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

Obviously with the camera being such a major feature you're likely to want to use that a lot, but when using the camera heavily for about an hour, taking both photos and videos, the battery dropped less than 20 per cent, so you should be able to use it quite a bit without killing your battery.

We also ran our standard battery test on the phone, where we turn the screen up to full brightness, put Wi-Fi on, set emails and social networks to push notifications and run a 90 minute video from a fully charged battery.

At the end of the video the battery had dropped to 82 per cent which is pretty good. Samsung handsets tend to have strong battery life and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is no exception.

If you do find yourself running low on battery there's a built in power saver option which can limit the amount of CPU use, turn haptic feedback off and set the screen to a low brightness level.


The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, HSDPA at 21.1 Mbps, HSUPA at 5.76 Mbps, DLNA, NFC, 3G, 4G and Bluetooth 4.0.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

It can also be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot and has an infrared port allowing you to control your TV with it. Setting most of these things up is fairly simple, as they can be found on the first settings screen and in some cases even on the notifications shade.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom also has 'S Beam' mode, which lets you use NFC and Wi-Fi direct to share files with another device, just by holding them close together.

There's even a screen mirroring mode which lets you share your handsets screen with another nearby compatible device.

The easiest way to get content on and off your phone is probably just to plug it into a computer using the included USB cable. It then mounts itself as a drive and you can just copy and paste files to and from the handset.

Alternatively you can also use Samsung's 'Kies' software. This works a bit like iTunes does for Apple devices letting you sync, backup and restore the phone and do firmware updates as well as moving content on and off it.

However while it requires computer software to work, plugging the phone in didn't prompt its install. Instead we had to manually find it on Samsung's site. Thankfully you're not missing much if you choose not to bother with it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
SAR Value0.14 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy S4 Zoom
Cellular Generation3.9G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time13 Hour
Product ModelSM-C101
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)208 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerARM
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density256 ppi
Front Camera Resolution1.9 Megapixel
Height125.5 mm
Width63.5 mm
Depth15.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time570 Hour
Product NameGalaxy S4 Zoom SM-C101 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Product LineGalaxy S4 Zoom
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor, Magnetometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberSM-C1010ZWABTU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationDo it all and miss nothing with the next phase in imaging smartphones. Controlled by the revolutionary zoom ring, the Galaxy S4 zoom is a no-compromises smartphone and camera that sets new standards for versatility and control. The zoom-ring control lets you share a photo during phone calls, control the optical zoom, and launch the camera. Capture life's greatest moments in breathtaking detail with a super-fast, super-sensitive 16-megapixel CMOS sensor. The Galaxy S4 zoom even guides you to the best locations for picture-taking-anywhere in the world. Powered by the latest Android OS and featuring precise control of all picture-taking and communications functions, the Galaxy S4 zoom lets you do more with your life.
Limited Warranty2 Year