Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is official: 20.7MP, OIS, and 10x optical zoom in a stylish body

Is it a smartphone, or is it a camera? Well, the Samsung Galaxy K zoom is actually a mix of both. Announced at Samsung's event at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore, the gadget is here to succeed last year's Galaxy S4 Zoom and to meet the needs of those in search of a zero-compromise cameraphone. At the same time, it is a full-fledged, 3G/LTE-enabled Android smartphone sprinkled with a generous dose of Samsung's software goodies.

Design-wise, the Samsung Galaxy K zoom has drawn inspiration from the Galaxy S5 as it features the flagship's distinct perforated pattern and shimmering finish. What's new, however, is the dedicated camera button on the side, which is a must-have for any camera-centric handset. With a weight of 7.05 ounces (200 grams) and thickness of 0.8 inches (20.2 millimeters) at its thickest point, the Samsung Galaxy K zoom ranks among the bulkier smartphones out there. On the other hand, its proportions seem perfectly acceptable for something packing a 10x zoom optical system. 

The screen on the Samsung Galaxy K zoom measures 4.8 inches in diagonal. It is of the Super AMOLED variety, meaning that we can expect vivid color reproduction and excellent viewing angles out of it. The resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels produces a pixel-per-inch figure of 306 ppi, which is more than acceptable.

Under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy K zoom beats a hexa-core SoC – an Exynos 5 model featuring a 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 setup handling lighter tasks and a 1.7 GHz dual-core Cortex-A15 CPU which kicks in when extra power is needed. Two gigs of RAM have also been thrown in for good measure. On-board storage capacity is limited to only 8 gigs, but a microSD card slot allows that to be expanded with cards of at least 64 gigabytes. 

As for the most exciting part of the equation – the device's camera – Samsung has chosen to go with a 20.7MP BSI CMOS camera sensor that is 1/2.3" in size, which about as big as the one in the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Aperture size varies between F3.1 at 1x zoom and F6.3 at 10x zoom. To eliminate motion blur caused by shaky hands, the Galaxy K zoom features optical image stabilization. Furthermore, the Galaxy K zoom packs a powerful xenon flash accompanied by an assistive LED light, just like its predecessor.

Camera modes and settings can be configured manually, of course, which should be great news for experienced photographers. Auto-focus and auto-exposure can be controlled separately for superior image control, and the object tracking feature will allow you to snap clear shots of moving objects. In addition, the Pro Suggest mode built into the camera UI allows the camera to pick the optimal settings depending on the scene being captured. There is also a neat Selfie Alarm mode for taking high-quality self-shots with the main camera – point the snapper at yourself and the camera will let you know when you're in the frame. 

On the software side of things, the Samsung Galaxy K zoom will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung's TouchWiz UI will be layered on top, to no surprise, bringing extras like Ultra Power Saving mode, Kids mode, and the S Health Lite fitness companion. The pre-loaded Studio app will let users easily edit and manage images taken with the Galaxy K zoom and then share them online for the world to see. 

And this, guys, is the new Samsung Galaxy K zoom. It is scheduled to launch in May, yet we are still unsure whether or not we'll ever see it released on a US carrier. Pricing isn't known, but something tells us that the gizmo won't be cheap.

source: Samsung



1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Turn up!!!!

2. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

KQ.... K..... S5 prime?..... Facepalms S5 zoom aka K zoom

3. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

I'll import one to play with. It's got enough power to be a mid-high range phone. And it has a great camera. Already have a 64GB SD card to spare.

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I'm expecting a lot from this. That bulky design (not as bad as predecessor though), picture quality should be at least on par with 1020.

17. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Don't confuse superior zooming capabilities with superior picture quality as that is what most people do. The K Zoom will wipe the floor with the 1020 in a zoom contest due to physics of the optical zoom and the same can be said of the 1020 wiping the floor with the K Zoom with image quality (no zoom used, pure image quality comparison) due to the physics of the much larger sensor. I hope reviewers and writers that compare realize that an optically zoomed photo has a frame proximity advantage and not necessarily an image quality advantage. For majority of consumers, zooming in = better image quality when actually on only means a clearer and closer image. If both phones take photos without zoom, you can directly compare the actual image quality otherwise you will be comparing the zoomed imaged quality and for that, the K Zoom's optical zoomed image will be superior due to zoom alone.

27. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

As you point out, "digital zoom" is a somewhat misleading term as it is not the same thing as "optical zoom". "Digital zoom is accomplished by cropping an image down to a centered area with the same aspect ratio as the original, and usually also interpolating the result back up to the pixel dimensions of the original. It is accomplished electronically, with no adjustment of the camera's optics, and no optical resolution is gained in the process. This enlargement of the pixels also creates a pixelation/mosaic effect in the image." For reasonable comparison of say a Nokia 1020 vs. this new Samsung, a variety of photography scenarios should be used, some where optical zoom is the common technique for getting the shot, some where digital zoom suffices for the shot, and some where no zoom is required for the shot. And these scenarios should include a variety of focus distances spanning macro to various longer range uses. Furthermore, the scenarios should include a range of "shot times", from stills to slow action to fast action. My guess is that this new Samsung is going to produce superior results to the Nokia 1020 in many common usage scenarios -- especially considering the 1020's long lag time to first shot and relatively long shot to shot lag time.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Release the damn spare battery and back covers so I can use my 50% discount Samsung.

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I actually like it this year. Pretty nice design, very acceptable specs, and a great camera. Not bad, Samsung...

18. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Hmmmmm.... 4.8" 720p is good least it's 4.8" with off screen capacitive buttons AND it has this generations multitasking button instead of a stupid menu button! I really want an amazing Android camera. 20 MP, 10x optical zoom. If this thing had a Snapdragon 600 or better and 16 GB of internal storage on AT&T in the USA I'll give up my Note 3 and get a Galaxy K Zoom in a heartbeat. I was satisfied with the Galaxy S 3's 4.8" 720p screen; I can put up with that for a great camera.

23. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

The Exynos 5 Hexa is actually a good SoC..comparable Snapdragon 600, or even a bit better. Read the Note 3 Neo review on gsmarena. With 720p resolution it has performance comparable to that if Snapdragon 800 at 1080p

44. ashouhdy

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

As said above this processor ismore powerfull than snapdragon 800 on a 1080p display

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Btw how in the hell is this a stylish body. Its impressively slim though considering the optics and xenon flash.

32. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Maybe Nick is into BBW. I see no other explanation.

8. Furbal unregistered

Why such a high f-stop =\

9. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014


10. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Very nice but I'm still not feeling the perforated pattern, probably prettier with faux leather imo.

11. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

really samsung suck , wtf is that , with that price i will buy a pro cam , best camera phone design .. LUMIA 1020 .. CLOSE ENOUGH

13. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Butt hurt.. no one ask you to buy it.. just shut up and forget it if you dont like it..

15. Adithya7184 unregistered


20. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

There was no price announced. What are you talking about?

12. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Battery info?

14. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yuck,perforated back again?I would rather use my pocket cam for optical zoom.Calling with a camera was just awkward IMO

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Battery??? Should be 4000+++ coz that xenon flash will use much power. I like the design from the back, front is same as any other Galaxy. I think the price would be $500-$600, hope so.

19. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I was hoping for a larger sensor. Come on Samsung, at least use a 2010 sensor size of 1/1.8 like the Nokia N8. Maybe they will put more R&D into the sensor for the 3rd Zoom.

21. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

really really nice....especially for the front surface of the camera, it enhances grip during photo taking...

22. diehardnokian

Posts: 147; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

OIS is a welcome addition! nice one Samsung:)

29. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

It was already there for S4 Zoom. So for its successor, it will be there and definitely it's there.

24. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

The blue one actually looks very nice.

25. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Another wannabe Nokia Lumia 1020 from Samesung .

31. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013


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