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The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom (10x) smartphone is launched

by Mark Tyson on 29 April 2014, 11:10

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS), PC

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Samsung has announced the new Galaxy K Zoom smartphone. This is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom but has broken away from being tied to the flagship smartphone naming conventions. Overall it looks to be a slimmer and less bumpy device with a noticeably more powerful processor and improved screen..

Headline features of this hybrid device include a 10X optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) which is paired with a 20.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. The Galaxy K Zoom also "offers all the features that consumers want in a flagship Galaxy smartphone, such as Ultra Power Saving Mode, S Health Lite," and a full range of Samsung bloatware.

Sun Hong Lim, Senior Vice President of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, said "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."

Comparing the key spec of the Galaxy K Zoom and the Galaxy S4 Zoom predecessor:

 

Galaxy K Zoom

Galaxy S4 Zoom

Main Camera

10x optical zoom lens (24-240mm), OIS, 20.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. Xenon flash. Lens auto extends when camera activated.

10x optical zoom lens (24-240mm), OIS, 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. Xenon flash.

Screen

4.8-inch HD 1280 x 720 super AMOLED display

4.3-inch 960 x 540 super AMOLED screen

Processor

Samsung-made Hexa core Exynos processor (1.3GHz quad-core and 1.7GHz dual-core processors). 2GB RAM

1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM

Dimensions

137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6 (20.2)mm. 200g

125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 (27.0)mm. 208g

New (top) vs old

As you can see from a quick glance at the table above, and the comparative picture I have cobbled together, the new device should feel more portable and less lumpy. The lens hump has been significantly reduced from 27mm to 20.2mm. The processing power and screen have also been significantly boosted compared to the previous smartphone-compact camera hybrid from Samsung. To round off the proposition Samsung has given this new device the S5 dimpled styling and it is available in black, blue and white.

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is expected to become available in Q2 this year. Price should be around the 499 Euro mark. What do readers think of this latest Samsung hybrid device? See the key specs in Samsung's graphic below.



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It looks good as long as it doesn't cost more than an s5. If I remember correctly though the last one was rather laggy, so i'd wait to read some reviews before rushing out to get one.
I imagine that the new Touchwiz would be a big step up. I'd be with one in a flash if it really was a decent compromise ;)
Awesome except for a few niggling issues like small battery, 720p lcd and possible high price
Neostar
Awesome except for a few niggling issues like small battery, 720p lcd and possible high price
Battery capacity and pricing would worry me too. But what would worry me more than a “mere” 720p screen is…
and a full range of Samsung bloatware.
a full 1080HD screen would have been nice on this device, but on the other hand it's maybe also going to be a source of extra battery drain, while not really offering much in the way of tangible advantages (bragging rights don't count). The usual quota of Samsung “value add” would worry me more - based on my current Samsung devices.

Galaxy K looks like a nice device. Particularly like that it's got a sensible screen size of <5" and decent storage. Got to wonder though whether the sensor that they could squeeze into that phone would suffer from noise or similar image problems. I await the first review…
crossy
Battery capacity and pricing would worry me too. But what would worry me more than a “mere” 720p screen is…

a full 1080HD screen would have been nice on this device, but on the other hand it's maybe also going to be a source of extra battery drain, while not really offering much in the way of tangible advantages (bragging rights don't count). The usual quota of Samsung “value add” would worry me more - based on my current Samsung devices.

Galaxy K looks like a nice device. Particularly like that it's got a sensible screen size of <5" and decent storage. Got to wonder though whether the sensor that they could squeeze into that phone would suffer from noise or similar image problems. I await the first review…

I think the S5 and so on have a great deal less bloatware, the S4 and Note3 (which I have) are far worse