Samsung’s Phone/Camera hybrid has officially landed on our shores
Samsung Philippines officially launched the Galaxy K Zoom in the PH during an event at 71 Gramercy in Makati. The Galaxy K Zoom is the successor to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom, a phone/camera hybrid that attempted to fuse the optics of a point-and-shoot in a body of a smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom specs
- Exynos 5260, quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex A7 and dual-core 1.7GHz Cortex A15 processors
- Mali-T624 GPU
- 2GB of RAM
- 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 720 x 1280 resolution
- 8GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
- 20.7-megapixel rear camera, 1/2.3-inch sensor, 10x optical zoom (24-240mm lens), OIS, LED and Xenon flash
- 2-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
- 137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6 mm
- Android 4.4 with TouchWiz
- 2430mAh battery
The K Zoom is an improvement over the S4 Zoom in many fronts, including the overall design and portability. The S4 Zoom was big, clunky and not that much easier to carry compared to a normal point and shoot. The K Zoom on the other hand, is a bit more maneageable in size. It’s still a bit bulky, at around 20.2mm at the thickest point because of the 10x, 24-240mm zoom lens that’s stuck to the back. On the upside, the K Zoom has an impressive 1/2.3-inch sensor with a megapixel count of 20.7, which is comparable to other cameras out in the market today. The camera also has a Xenon flash on the back. Much like how the S4 Zoom had design elements of the S4, the K Zoom also has many design elements borrowed from the S5, the most noticeable of which is the perforated plastic back.
The K Zoom has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass, as well as a hexacore Exynos 5260 running quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex A7 and dual-core 1.7GHz Cortex A15 processors. Much like many of Samsung’s other offerings, this has TouchWiz UI layered on top of Android KitKat.
While the hardware on the K Zoom isn’t the most cutting edge out there, it still manages to score pretty high on AnTuTu. As far as the actual user experience is concerned, the K Zoom was pretty snappy all around, though only a full test will show for sure if it’s really up to snuff. The K Zoom that Samsung Philippines will offer will be LTE enabled as well.
The K Zoom will retail for Php 24,990.