Samsung Galaxy K Zoom officially unveiled in Singapore

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom officially unveiled in SingaporeSamsung has officially announced the Galaxy K Zoom, rebooting last year's Galaxy S4 Zoom camera-phone mashup with more photo-friendly features and a more formidable set of specs.

The camera part of the Galaxy K Zoom has been bumped from 16MP to 20.7MP, while the 10x optical zoom of last year's model has been retained.

It's the same BSI CMOS sensor type on the inside, which together with the optical zoom is the main difference between the Galaxy K Zoom and most other smartphone cams – even those with comparable megapixel counts.

The trade-off is physical bulk, and the bad news is that at 137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6mm, the Galaxy K Zoom is bigger in all dimensions than its predecessor.

To be fair, the display has been boosted from 4.3in on the Galaxy S4 Zoom to 4.8in here, and we suspect most people won't object too loudly to the dual-core 1.5GHz processor having been booted out in favour of a powerful hexacore combo comprising a 1.3GHz quad-core chip for major photo capturing and editing tasks, and a 1.7GHz dual-core processor for everyday tasks.

In terms of memory you're looking at 2GB of RAM but a slightly disappointing 8GB of internal storage (mercifully you can slot in a microSD card for more), and the whole shebang is kept on the straight and narrow by Android 4.4 KitKat.

We'll be interested to see battery life figures for the 2430mAh cell – it's a decent capacity on paper, but some of those photographic functions are likely to be seriously power-intensive.

We're still not sure what the K in Galaxy K Zoom is supposed to represent, and more importantly we also have no idea when Samsung's new camera-phone double-act will be available locally. Unusually for Samsung, the Galaxy K Zoom has only been detailed for Singapore thus far, though the company has confirmed it'll be launching worldwide in due course.

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matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 29, 2014 at 11:56

It'l never be a big seller, but it does look like a more attractive proposition (price dependant) than either the S4 Zoom or the Galaxy Camera .


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