At a very first look you would get confused whether it’s a phone or a camera because we are talking about Samsung Galaxy K Zoom (K stands for Camera), a new star in Samsung’s Galaxy Zoom cluster that launched recently at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore. In terms of look and design it looks and design it resembles very much to Samsung Galaxy S5, but the major difference can be marked with a massive sensor on the back. The Galaxy K zoom is quite a big upgrade from the Galaxy S4 Zoom in almost all departments except for connectivity and the battery.
In the words of Samsung’s Philip Berne, “This is a phone. With cool camera stuff”, as the most exceptional feature of course is the 20.7MP BSI sensor around the back accompanied with a 10x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, a 24-240mm lens with an aperture value of f/3.1 to f/6.3. Samsung Galaxy K zoom comes with a bigger 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display with a higher pixel count thanks to the HD resolution. A hexa-core SoC processor, the same one powering the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, powers the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. The Android version is 4.4. KitKat with the same TouchWiz version present in Galaxy S5.
An AF assist LED is also loaded around the back and for capturing better low-light shots, Xenon flash is also present. The special camera-centric interface also comes with SMART Mode, Expert Mode (Program and Manual) and My Mode. AF/AE separation, Object Tracking, Studio Smile/Blink Detection comes among other features. It also comes with a Selfie Alarm, the strangest and most aptly named feature of the Galaxy K zoom.
The smartphone features of the K zoom includes support for LTE and 3G, 2GB of RAM and 8GB onboard storage.
The connectivity and battery department are quite disappointing. Though NFC, GLONASS and Bluetooth 4.0 are present, there’s no Wi-Fi ‘ac’ or USB 3.0. Unlike other new models offering memory card support up to 128GB Galaxy K Zoom’s memory card support is limited to 64GB. All this fueled up by a battery with 2,430mAh units, a petite upgrade from the previous 2330mAh on the S4 Zoom.
The smartphone will take mobile photography to an amazing new level and can go toe-to-toe with Sony’s Xperia Z2. At this point of time there is no pricing details but once launched expect this to be on the border of Rs 40,000.