Samsung has finally unveiled its smartphone-point and shoot camera hybrid device called the Galaxy K Zoom at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore. This device is basically the successor to last year’s Galaxy S4 Zoom which now features several upgrades. Some of its impressive features include a 20.7 megapixel sensor that has a 10x optical zoom as well as most of the software enhancements present in the recently released Galaxy S5.
According to Sun Hong Lim, Senior Vice President of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, “With the introduction of the Galaxy K zoom, Samsung continues to demonstrate our commitment to creating products that meet the diverse demands of our consumers. The new Galaxy K zoom empowers users to effortlessly capture and share their most important everyday moments in stunning clarity, with the convenience and connectedness of a Galaxy smartphone, for a unique, all-in-one mobile experience.”
- Network: LTE (Cat4, HSPA+ 42Mbps, LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600, HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900) 3G (5-band HSPA+ 42Mbps, HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900)
- Display: 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED Display (1280×720)
- Processor: Hexa core( 1.3GHz Quad-Core + 1.7GHz Dual)
- OS: Android 4.4 (KitKat)
- RAM: 2GB
- Internal Memory: 8 GB
- MicroSD Slot: micro SDSC (up to 2GB guaranteed), micro SDHC (up to 32GB guaranteed), micro SDXC (up to 64GB guaranteed)
- Main Camera: 20.7MP (f.3.1 – 6.3 OIS) with Xenon flash
- Secondary Camera: 2MP
- Battery: 2430 mAh
- Dimensions: 137.5X70.8X16.6(20.2)mm, 200g
The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom improves on almost all areas of its predecessor. What’s probably the best part is that while the Galaxy S4 Zoom was a bulky device that closely resembles a camera than a smartphone the Galaxy K Zoom is much slimmer and now closely resembles a smartphone than a camera.
One of the most notable featuresof this device is its optical zoom, something that most smartphones don’t have. The combination of the 20.7 MP sensor and 10x optical zoom captures very clear and detailed images.
Those who love to take selfie shots will be pleased to know that this device comes with a Selfie Alarm. Just select an area on the display where you would like your head to be positioned then turn the device around and point the camera to yourself, once your head is inside the frame an alarm will sound. There’s also an easier way to take a selfie photo by using the 2MP front camera.
Other features of this device include the Ultra Power Saving Mode which saves battery life, S Health Lite which is used in personal health and fitness coaching, and Studio App which allows for easy editing of photos.
Samsung is set to release the Galaxy K Zoom globally this May. There is no information as of the moment on a U.S. release date.