Samsung Electronics announced its new specialised camera smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, in a press release today (Tuesday, 29 April 2014).
Though Samsung does not describe it as such, the Galaxy K Zoom seems to be the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, which was launched last year.
The name change would make sense, seeing as the specs of “Zoom” range are significantly different to those of the “S” range.
However, the Galaxy K Zoom does include some of the new features introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S5, such as “ultra low power mode”.
On the Galaxy S5, Samsung said that this mode offers an additional 24 hours of standby time per 5% of charge remaining in the battery. Samsung has not revealed how comparable the performance of Ultra Low Power Mode on the Galaxy K Zoom will be.
The main feature of Galaxy K Zoom is its retracting 10x optical zoom lens and 20.7 megapixel back-side illuminated CMOS sensor.
According to Samsung, it excels in low-light conditions and also has an Optical Image Stabiliser to reduce the blur caused by photographer movement.
Some of the key specifications of the device are summarised in the below table:
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy K Zoom|
|Dimensions||137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6(20.2)mm|
|Operating system||Android 4.4|
|Display||4.8″ 720p (720×1080) Super AMOLED|
|Processor||Hexa core: 1.3GHz Quad-Core + 1.7GHz Dual-Core Processor|
|Cellular data||HSPA+, LTE|