Samsung launches the Galaxy K Zoom smartphone with 10X optical zoom and 20.7MP sensor
Today Samsung announced its new Galaxy K Zoom smartphone. This is the successor to last year’s Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom in all but name. For some reason Samsung has seen fit to launch this hybrid device with a new naming convention, perhaps it doesn’t want to slavishly follow its flagship line of smartphones with this camera-centric one. However getting back to the gadget in hand – it’s a big improvement on the S4 Zoom.
While the new Galaxy K Zoom has the same 10x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) as last year’s S4 Zoom, it has got a pixel bumped sensor – 20.7 megapixels compared to 16 megapixels. As camera enthusiasts will tell you this isn’t necessarily a good thing to bump up without a corresponding increase in the sensor size… We hear that the new sensor is a Sony made one so it might indeed be improved in more than just megapixel count but it is the same type as last year – a BSI CMOS sensor.
“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.”
Looking at headline changes compared to the Galaxy S4 Zoom the Galaxy K Zoom has the following improved specifications:
- Camera: more megapixels and auto-extending lens activated by photo mode
- Screen: 4.8-inch HD display compared with 4.3-inch 960×540 pixel display
- Processor: faster hexacore Soc, compared to dual-core processor, also more RAM – upped to 2GB
- Dimensions: while the new device is larger (the screen is larger you see) it is much more like a phone than a compact camera. You can see in the picture above it is sleeker and less bumpy. All around a more appealing device and hopefully you like the Galaxy S5 dimpled stylishness.
Eager buyers can expect to be able to clasp their hands around a Samsung Galaxy K Zoom before July. It will be made available in white, blue or black glossy shades and will cost about 500 Euros at launch.