Samsung GALAXY K Zoom – Review of 20.7MP camera cum Android smartphone

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Samsung’s newest hybrid camera cum smartphone – the Galaxy K Zoom is an Android powered smartphone coming with 20.7MP OIS camera.

The new camera specialized smartphone from Samsung – Galaxy K Zoom combines a 10x optical zoom with a smartphone in incredibly slim and chic body. It’s a big leap in every way beyond its predecessor Galaxy S4 Zoom, with specs that are similar to the flagship Galaxy S5 and a pretty giant 20.7MP BSI CMOS camera sensor. Never miss to capture your important moments using Samsung Galaxy K Zoom as it provides a superior technical camera system intended to deliver the control and functionality of a professional camera. The design of the device catches its inspiration from the soft round curves of pebbles, providing it a rounded back and outstandingly comfortable grip. If you are a person who likes a smartphone, but upset due to somewhat sanguine photos on the usual devices, then catch hold of Galaxy K Zoom.

Galaxy K zoom

Besides having a superb camera on the back, this smartphone provides all the features that you’d guess from a good mid-range device like a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, LTE connectivity, hexa-core Exynos 5 processor, 2,430 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, and microSD card support. The Samsung Galaxy K zoom is available in different color options including Charcoal Black, Shimmery White and Electric Blue, and comes with nice textures for a comfortable grip. Let’s see the detailed review of Samsung Galaxy K Zoom with key features and technical specifications.

Display and Design

This device sports a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display that boasts HD resolution of 1280×720 pixels and weighs in at 200 grams with dimensions measuring 137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6mm. The handset runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS and is topped with the latest version of TouchWiz UI. Connectivity options include 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC. Moreover, the other features include Ultra Power Saving Mode, S Health Lite, Studio app, etc. The design of Galaxy K Zoom is more streamlined comfortable compared to the S4 Zoom and the odd-looking Nokia Lumia 1020.

Processor and Battery

The smartphone is powered by the new Exynos 5260 hexa-core chipset, which combines a 1.3 GHz quad-core and a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor. This chipset is coupled with Mali-T624 GPU and 2 GB of RAM that can offer satisfactory multi-tasking capabilities. The phone is LTE-ready, packs in a 2430mAh battery that seems average; however it is assumed that this battery can deliver a decent backup to drive the camera and hexa-core processor.

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Internal storage and Camera

The Galaxy K Zoom comes with 8 GB of internal memory, with a microSD card slot supporting micro SD, SDHC and SDXC cards to boost storage capacity.

One of the big drawbacks on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom was the bulky optical zoom lens that protruded much from the back of the phone. However, now the company has fixed that problem with the Galaxy K Zoom. The camera part on this new device is more integrated with the rest of the phone. The Galaxy K packs a 20.7-inch camera sensor that provides 10x optical zoom, Xenon flash, OIS, BSI Sensor and the ability to shoot full-HD video at 60 fps. The device also has a 2 MP front-facer for making video calls and for clicking selfies. Moreover, the handset even includes advanced camera features and functions like AF/AE (Auto Focus/Auto Exposure) Separation for the precise balance of light and clarity; a Selfie Alarm to take timed selfies with ease; next-generation Pro Suggest mode which gives 10 optimized filter settings; and object tracking for a clear, focused shot of a moving subject.

The device provides all the features that consumers want in a flagship Galaxy handset, including S Health Lite to personalize fitness and lifestyle coaching, Ultra Power Saving Mode to reduce the battery consumption, and a Studio app to let users to easily edit their photos and videos.

It is expected that Galaxy K Zoom will be available at the price tag of £400 at the end of May in Europe, and soon in other countries. The Galaxy K Zoom will face stiff competition with smartphones like Nokia Lumia 930, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Karbonn Titanium Hexa, etc.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom specifications list:

General:

  • 2G Network – GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions
  • 3G Network – HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – all versions
  • 4G Network – LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 – SM-C115

Display:

  • Type – Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size – 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.8 inches (~306 ppi pixel density)
  • Multitouch – Yes
  • Protection – Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Body:

  • Dimensions – 137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6 mm (5.41 x 2.79 x 0.65 in)
  • Weight – 200 g (7.05 oz)

Sound:

  • Alert types – Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker
  • 3.5mm jack

Memory:

  • Card slot – microSD, up to 64 GB
  • Internal – 8GB, 2 GB RAM

Data:

  • NFC
  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • Speed – HSDPA, 42 Mbps, HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
  • WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth – v4.0 with A2DP, LE
  • USB – microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go

Features:

  • OS – Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
  • Chipset – Exynos 5260
  • CPU – Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 & dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15
  • GPU – Mali-T624
  • Sensors – Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Messaging – SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
  • Browser – HTML5
  • GPS – with A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • Java – via Java MIDP emulator

Battery:

  • Li-Ion 2430 mAh battery

Camera:

  • Primary – 20.7 MP, 5248 х 3936 pixels, auto/manual focus, 10x optical zoom (24-240mm), optical image stabilization, Xenon & LED flash
  • Features – 1/2.3” sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, HDR, panorama
  • Video – [email protected]
  • Secondary – 2 MP

Other features:

  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Dropbox (50 GB cloud storage)
  • Organizer
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom hands-on review video from youtube:

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