Samsung Galaxy K zoom Preview
Interface and functionality
The new, flatter TouchWiz from the Galaxy S5 is making its way onto the K zoom
There aren't any surprises in Samsung's latest TouchWiz interface layered on top of Android 4.4 KitKat in the K zoom. It shapes up to be the same you'd find on the Galaxy S5, for instance, as we find the typical Samsung apps set, and stock widgets, like the new Toolbox floating apps set, the Ultra Power Saving mode, or the Magazine news aggregator. Following the recent trends, most design elements, such as the icons or the built-in widgets, now appear flat and more simplistic-looking, with less gradient effects, and more solid colors. The traditionally rich TouchWiz functionality is here as well – you can easily access notifications, connectivity switches, and a brightness slider from the pull-down status bar.
There are a few new apps that Samsung seems to have graced the K zoom with, too. Pro Suggest is full of downloadable camera extensions like shooting modes, color effects, and artwork examples. Samsung has also partnered with Vine for a special app edition of its short video maker that has zoom buttons directly on the screen, for instance. In addition, the S Studio application lets you edit and trim images and video, then put them together as a slideshow, or a lively collage of sorts. Still, more of those might make it to the retail version, or some might be removed.
Processor and memory
With benchmark scores close to Snapdragon 800 handsets, the Exynos 5 Hexa proves a capable processor that should run everything on the Galaxy K zoom with ease.
Powered by Samsung's new midrange Exynos 5 Hexa processor, the Galaxy K zoom interface seems very fluid, even in our preproduction unit. This chip sports two 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15 cores, and four 1.3 GHz low-power Cortex-A7s for the mundane tasks, paired with an ARM Mali-T624 GPU. The processor and graphics kit might not beat down the newest Snapdragons in a benchmarking fight, but we'd have to say they make the K zoom household run smooth, and without quarrels.
Samsung placed the adequate 2 GB of RAM in the handset, which means you won't find the handset struggling for memory when many apps are running at once. There are 8 GB on internal memory in the K zoom (5 GB user-available), and a microSD slot on the left side for up to 64 GB storage expansions, covered by a protective flap.
Internet and connectivity
Very fluid browser navigation and plenty of connectivity options await you with the K zoom, including a 4G LTE modem.
We've got no complaints about Samsung's stock TouchWiz browser, as the K zoom renders the pages very quickly, and panning around, as well as zooming or scrolling are fast, and without major interruptions.
The K zoom can offer 4G LTE radio and 42 Mbps HSPA+ download speeds, depending on the region and the carrier it is offered at. The other wireless options are a standard set – Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA, and an NFC capability thrown in for a good measure. Wired connectivity is offered through the MHL port at the bottom, so you can hook the K zoom directly to your TV with the respective MHL-HDMI cableto preview your photos and videos, instead of counting on the smallish AMOLED display.
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- Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
- Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Hexa, Hexa-core, 1700 MHz
- Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 2430 mAh(14h 3G talk time)