Samsung has announced the Galaxy K Zoom, its follow up to the Galaxy S4 Zoom, the bulky compact camera/smartphone crossover from last year. The concept is the same this time around, but the execution is very different.
The standout feature is the advanced camera fitted to the rear, which packs a 20 megapixel sensor complete with optical image stabilization, a xenon flash, and an impressive 10x optical zoom. However, the body which surrounds the camera is considerably slimmer and more streamlined than before. It’s still 20.2mm thick and weighs 200 grams, so it’s no Galaxy S5, but that’s better than before.
Additional camera features include smile and blink detection, object tracking, Sound & Shot, a panorama mode, a macro setting, and a full-on manual mode. Above the screen is a 2 megapixel selfie camera.
Samsung has fitted a 4.8-inch touchscreen to the phone, with a 720p resolution, and the device is powered by a new hexa-core processor. As the name suggests, it has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and a 1.7GHz dual-core chip. The phone runs Android KitKat, and has several enhancements including the new Ultra Power Saving Mode. Other features include 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE, NFC, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, and a 2450mAh battery.
Samsung will release the Galaxy K Zoom around the world from May, but it hasn’t provided an exact date for the UK yet. We’ll keep you updated.