Following a surge of leaks and rumors, a successor to last year’s Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has been officially introduced. As expected, Samsung announced its latest camera-phone hybrid device – the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, at a special even in Singapore earlier today. Samsung’s Philip Berne introduced the smartphone by saying “This is a phone. With cool camera stuff.” Indeed the 20-megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom on handset is definitely something what mobile users gonna like.
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Camera-Phone Hybrid
This year Samsung changed the naming scheme a bit and instead of calling the phone Galaxy S5 Zoom, used the name Galaxy K Zoom, where K stands for camera. Perhaps it was to emphasize the phone’s improved design or maybe there wasn’t any special reason for that. Either way, the Galaxy K Zoom has much more attractive appearance that its predecessor the Galaxy S4 Zoom from last year. Gone is the big bump on the back and the dimensions of 137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6 mm actually resemble a smartphone rather than a digital camera.
Don’t let the look fools you, though. The phone’s patterned body houses extremely powerful 20.7-megapixel camera. In addition to 10x optical zoom, the main shooter also has a BSI sensor, F/3.1-6.3 aperture, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Xenon flash, and is capable of 1080p Full HD video capture at up to 60 frames per second. Great hardware is one thing, but in order to achieve exceptional photographic experience you also need software support and in this respect the Galaxy K Zoom also delivers. The camera app allows for full manual control, and Pro Suggest will help you adjust the settings to take the best photo possible.
And let’s not forget the Selfie Alarm which is a genuinely awesome yet simple invention. First, you choose where you want your face in the photo, then you point the camera at yourself and as soon as you are in the right spot, the K Zoom let’s you know with a beep and takes three photos so you can select the best shot.
Camera aside, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom would be classified as an upper-mid-range device. It has a 4.8-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED touch screen and is powered by a hexa-core Samsung Exynos processor (1.7 GHz dual-core plus 1.3 GHz quad-core) paired with 2 GB of RAM. Other features include 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 8 GB of expandable storage, dual-band Wi-Fi N, LTE, a-GPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, USB 2.0 and NFC. The Galaxy K Zoom runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWiz skin on top and offers most of Galaxy S5’s software enhancements such as Ultra Power Saving Mode, the customized settings menus and S Health.
Samsung didn’t reveal when the Galaxy K Zoom will hit the market but according to an “inside source” it may happen on May 21st. The device will go on sale in various European regions in the next few weeks in white, black and blue color options, however, we don’t know when and if it will ever arrive in the US. Pricing is also a bit of a mystery at the moment, though the phone won’t be cheap, that’s more than certain. Speculations suggest that in the Netherlands the Galaxy K Zoom will cost €499, which would be about $690. Hopefully, Samsung will provide us with more details soon.
source: Samsung Tomorrow