Samsung finally took the wraps off of the Galaxy K zoom in Singapore. Last year the “zoom” was marketed under the Galaxy S 4 umbrella, but this year they are taking a different approach and going with the “K” name, which stands for “Kamera.” Just like last year’s model, the K zoom is geared towards those that are most concerned with the quality of the camera in their smartphone.
The Galaxy K zoom sports 10x optical zoom from its new retracting lens technology. Optical zoom is something that is not offered on any other Android smartphone. You will also find a 20.7MP BSI CMOS sensor along with optical image stabilization (OIS) and Xenon Flash. Those looking for advanced features will like the AF/AE separation (/Auto Focus/ Auto Exposure Separation) that offers precise balance of light and clarity. Pro Suggest mode gives you 5 optimized filter settings and Selfie Alarm allows you to take timed selfies. There are 28 shooting modes in all.
As far as other specs go, the Galaxy K features a 4.8 inch 720p (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED Display, a hexa core processor (1.3GHz Quad-Core + 1.7GHz Dual-Core), 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 2MP front-facing camera, 2,430 mAh battery, LTE, Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, and Android 4.4 KitKat. It weighs 200 grams and is 16.6mm thick.
The K zoom will debut in the Netherlands and other European countries on May 21 for €499 ($692)
Full press release:
Samsung Introduces the Galaxy K zoom, a New Camera Specialized-Smartphone
The Galaxy K zoom incorporates industry-leading camera features with the Samsung Galaxy mobile experience
Samsung Electronics announced the new camera specialized smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy K zoom. The Galaxy K zoom is a new smartphone that blends advanced digital camera technology with Samsung’s industry-leading Galaxy experience. It features effortless capturing ability, real optics, and a premium design, offering users the mobile solutions they need with the ability to create professional-quality visual content in a fun, easy–to-use device.
“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,” said Sun Hong Lim, Senior Vice President of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “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.”
As a camera-specialized smartphone, the Galaxy K zoom offers an advanced technical camera system designed to offer the control and functionality of a professional camera, ensuring that the important moments are never missed and always captured with complete clarity. The Galaxy K zoom is equipped with new retracting lens technology that provides 10x optical zoom in a remarkably slim and chic body. Other notable features include the 20.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for ultra-clear, ultra-detailed images. It excels in low light conditions, and provides Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) to reduce blur caused by movement. These specifications ensure the device delivers pictures and video (Full HD) that are crisp and sharp, even when zoomed and in low light. In addition, the device’s Xenon Flash provides a brighter light than LEDs to improve the quality of the image with natural brilliance.
The new device also integrates the most advanced camera usability features and functions, including AF/AE Separation (/Auto Focus/ Auto Exposure Separation) for the precise balance of light and clarity, next-generation Pro Suggest mode which offers 5 optimized filter settings, Selfie Alarm that allows users to take timed selfies with ease, and object tracking for a clear, focused shot of a moving subject. Each feature comes with a simple User Interface, allowing users to easily capture photos and videos with groundbreaking quality, in any situation.
The compact and highly portable Galaxy K zoom features an ergonomic grip and sleek, stylish lines that feel soft and comfortable in the hand. Additionally, the Galaxy K zoom offers all the features that consumers want in a flagship Galaxy smartphone, such as Ultra Power Saving Mode for minimizing the battery consumption, S Health Lite for personalized fitness and lifestyle coaching, and a Studio app to allow users to easily edit their pictures and videos.