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.

FEATURED VIDEO

23 Comments

1. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

Lumia 1020

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

No band 4? WTF? No love for the New World, I guess...

3. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Looks excellent. Better than 1020, Z2, S4 Zoom etc...

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yes, definitely a better hump than the Lumia 1020 and Z2.

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

STILL, the quality doesn't match the "hump" of the Lumia 1020, even after offering optical zoom.

18. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

He is Samsung's secretory of defense.

20. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

*secretary. *defence. Its good to learn some english before you go about insulting someone else.

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

U r toooooo serious dude..... U r wrong in defense lololol learn English then reply. Google it.

22. farhad_per

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

And the hamer nokia fan comes back..!

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Yes we proudly can say hammer Nokia fan....tough as iron.

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

There is difference between 10.4mm and 16.6mm plus 41mp sensor and 16 mp sensor

13. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Compare it with a digital camera and ill tell you is it excellent or not.

17. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Oh my god, u r blinddddd....open your window.

4. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

OK so you list the size and weight. Where are the rest of the specs?

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Try lookiing at the Specifications page.

12. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I still haven´t found what I´m looking for ! (big 1' sensor size)

15. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

I kinda like this one.

19. tokuzumi

Posts: 1925; Member since: Aug 27, 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: Jun 05, 2014

oh....too thick~~~~ i would like a Canon Powershot

25. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

The xenon flash is enough reason for me to get this over any other Android phone.

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Galaxy K zoom
  • 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)

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.