Samsung Galaxy K Zoom officially announced with 20 MP camera, 10x optical zoom
The rumors were true after all, and Samsung’s teasing from yesterday left little to the imagination – indeed, the Galaxy K Zoom has been made official today at an event in Singapore. Despite the different name, however, this is actually the successor to the Galaxy S4 Zoom from last year.
The Galaxy K Zoom is, as you’d imagine going by the name, focused mainly (and almost entirely) on imaging. And optical zoom. Its rear camera is a 20.7 MP unit with a BSI sensor, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Xenon flash, and 1080p Full HD video recording. Oh, and it has 10x optical zoom too.
The Galaxy K Zoom features the same chipset as the recently unveiled Galaxy Note 3 Neo, and the same dimpled back side as the Galaxy S5. That said, it’s neither a phablet nor a flagship device – as the rest of its specs make it nothing more than a decent upper-midrange offering in this day and age (not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you).
It comes with a 4.8-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 2 MP front camera, a hexa-core Samsung Exynos processor (1.7 GHz dual-core plus 1.3 GHz quad-core), 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, and a 2,430 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Its dimensions are 137.5×70.8×16.6 mm, and it weighs 200 grams.
That’s clearly not the most pocketable device out there, but remember that this is supposed to be a digital camera first – with a smartphone attached to it for good measure. And considering that, it’s actually quite small – especially so compared to its predecessor. Samsung has managed to make the K Zoom more like a phone than a camera (at least more so than the Galaxy S4 Zoom), and it might be more successful than last year’s effort as a result of that.
Samsung hasn’t officially said anything about availability or pricing for the Galaxy K Zoom, but an “inside source” told SamMobile that the device will be out in most of Europe on May 21. In the Netherlands, it’s expected to be priced at €499, and the situation might be similar (if not identical) in other Eurozone countries.