Galaxy S4 spin-off watch: Rumoured 'Zoom' Galaxy Camera sequel hits FCC

Galaxy S4 spin-off watch: Rumoured 'Zoom' phone-cum-camera hits FCC
A Galaxy phone with a big ol' lens glued to the back

Just when you thought it was safe to let down your 'S4 spinoff' guard for a day or two, the rumoured Galaxy S4 Zoom device may have made an appearance in the United States.

A Samsung device with the model number SM-C101 has whizzed through the Federal Communications Commission in the US, which may be the new smartphone-cum-camera though to be on the way.

Recent speculation has pegged the as-yet-unannounced Galaxy S4 Zoom as a 16-megapixel sequel to last year's impressive Galaxy Camera, but with added celular capabilities.

The Galaxy Camera offered Wi-Fi and 3G, along with a touchscreen and apps from the Google Play store, while this upgrade would potentially make it a true hybrid device.

Milking that Galaxy cow

The FCC listing brings word of quad-band GSM network compatibility, along with HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC connectivity.

Last month we reported on claims the device will rock Android Jelly Bean, come with a 4.3-inch screen, dual or quad-core processors and arrive in black and white in the months of June or July.

That same model ID appeared on the Bluetooth SIG's website a couple of weeks ago, which is another big sign that a gadget is primed for launch.

We'll definitely be keeping an eye on this one. In the meantime, check out our coverage on the Galaxy S4 mini and Galaxy S4 Active for more on Samsung's 'milking it dry' strategy.

Chris Smith

A technology journalist, writer and videographer of many magazines and websites including T3, Gadget Magazine and He specializes in applications for smartphones, tablets and handheld devices, with bylines also at The Guardian, WIRED, Trusted Reviews and Wareable. Chris is also the podcast host for The Liverpool Way. As well as tech and football, Chris is a pop-punk fan and enjoys the art of wrasslin'.