Samsung Galaxy K zoom Preview
Last year, Samsung decided to create another new market niche, outing the first handset equipped with a 10x optical zoom – the aptly named Galaxy S4 Zoom. It had a 16 MP sensor, protruding lens, and a bulky body, making it more of a camera with phone functions you'd take on vacation, rather than something suitable for the everyday grind.
This year Samsung doubled down on the new market niche it created, by introducing the Galaxy K zoom, whose naming scheme breaks away from riding on the flagship's coattails this time. The second edition is better equipped in the specs department, both on the phone, and on the camera side, as it now sports a 20 MP sensor. Does the K zoom stand a better chance of becoming something else than a niche device for camera enthusiasts? Let's share some initial impressions, based on a preliminary version of the handset...
The 10x optical zoom lens makes for a comparatively bulky and hefty phone, but is still more comfortable to use and carry than a 6” phablet.
At 5.41 x 2.79 x 0.65 ” (137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6 mm), against the 4.94 x 2.50 x 0.61” (125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm) of the Galaxy S4 Zoom, the K zoom is one taller, wider and slightly thicker handset, making it less suitable to operate with one hand than its predecessor. The huge lens area on the back sticks out a bit, to 20.2mm, and gets in the way while operating the phone, but one can quickly get used to that. Due to the protruding lens part, the phone also looks funky when placed on a table, with the upper part propped by the camera, and the phone rocking left or right when you tap on the screen.
At 7.05 oz (200 g) of weight, you'll always notice that the K zoom is in your pocket or your hand, but still the heft and dimensions are manageable, considering that you can carry a 10x optical zoom device with you at all times. The thing weighs as much as some of those 6-inchers that are flooding the market, so if you are willing to put up with that lack of comfort, you won't have trouble gobbling up the K zoom, too.
Samsung has outfitted the cameraphone with its signature physical home key below the display, while the volume rocker, lock key, and camera shutter on the right hand side. The left is occupied solely by the microSD slot, which lets you extend the internal storage with up to 64 GB cards.
Samsung has opted for the perforated look that first appeared with the Galaxy S5, but this one here is simply dimples made in hard plastic. The dimpled battery cover is easily removable, revealing a replaceable unit underneath it. This might come in handy for those photogs that the K zoom is aimed at, since they can carry a spare juicer or two with them at all times when shooting in the boondocks.
137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6 mm
7.05 oz (200 g)
125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm
7.34 oz (208 g)
130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)
146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)
Typical oversaturated AMOLED screen.
Samsung opted for a larger display diagonal, compared to the 4.3” S4 Zoom. The K zoom sports a 4.8” 720x1280 pixels Super AMOLED display with the very good 306ppi pixel density. That's perfectly fine for most scenarios, including reading smaller text. Super AMOLEDs usually sport tacky, oversaturated colors, and the K zoom is not an exception.We'll leave our opinion and measurements for our review of a retail unit.
2. Planterz (Posts: 898; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
No band 4? WTF? No love for the New World, I guess...
3. gigaraga (Posts: 1232; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Looks excellent. Better than 1020, Z2, S4 Zoom etc...
5. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2047; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Yes, definitely a better hump than the Lumia 1020 and Z2.
6. tech2 (Posts: 2212; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
and Lumia 1020 doesn't have a hump on its back ?
Some people would rather have a hump for optical zoom.
10. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2047; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
The Lumia 1020 has a hump alright. But the lense doesn't burst out of its shell when one wants to take a photo.
11. tech2 (Posts: 2212; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Photography for dummies:
Lesson 101: That 'bursting out of lens out of its shell' is called optical zoom.
All reputed and DSLRs do that.
14. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2047; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
STILL, the quality doesn't match the "hump" of the Lumia 1020, even after offering optical zoom.
20. tech2 (Posts: 2212; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Its good to learn some english before you go about insulting someone else.
21. akki20892 (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
U r toooooo serious dude..... U r wrong in defense lololol learn English then reply. Google it.
22. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)
And the hamer nokia fan comes back..!
23. akki20892 (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Yes we proudly can say hammer Nokia fan....tough as iron.
16. akki20892 (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
There is difference between 10.4mm and 16.6mm plus 41mp sensor and 16 mp sensor
13. emadshiny (Posts: 1135; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Compare it with a digital camera and ill tell you is it excellent or not.
17. akki20892 (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Oh my god, u r blinddddd....open your window.
4. rallyguy (Posts: 558; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
OK so you list the size and weight. Where are the rest of the specs?
12. sergiobr (Posts: 425; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
I still haven´t found what I´m looking for ! (big 1' sensor size)
19. tokuzumi (Posts: 296; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
Did I miss it? No place for a lanyard? Looks like it will be a good option. I'd consider one, as there are plenty of times where I'd like to zoom in on something, but I'm using my cell phone camera, and it would only reduce the MP count, making things look pixelated.
24. _X.ET (Posts: 18; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)
i would like a Canon Powershot
25. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 861; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
The xenon flash is enough reason for me to get this over any other Android phone.
|Display||4.8 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (306 ppi) Super AMOLED|
Exynos 5 Hexa, 6-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 & ARM Cortex-A7 processor
2048 MB RAM
|Size||5.41 x 2.79 x 0.65 inches|
(137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6 mm)
7.05 oz (200 g)