Samsung announces Galaxy K Zoom smartphone-camera hybrid

Samsung announces Galaxy K Zoom smartphone-camera hybridLast year’s Galaxy S4 Zoom was not that impressive, especially due to its bulky design. But Samsung is all set to improve on last year’s model with the all new Galaxy K Zoom. The company decided to drop the S5 tag from the device, and is now aiming at a whole new segment with this camera-smartphone hybrid. So, Galaxy K would be a new category of smartphones from the company just like its Note and S series.

Galaxy K Zoom will bring the exception picture quality of a point and shoot camera on a traditional smartphone. It’s not that bulky too, with the lens being the only thing that’s slightly protruding from its back. When one compares it with other flagships, it’s somewhat fat, but that’s something people won’t mind given the exceptional quality of pictures taken from its 20.7 MP camera.

Galaxy K Zoom Features

The Galaxy K Zoom smartphone comes with a 20.7 megapixel 1/2.3 BSI CMOS sensor with 10x zoom and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The camera is backed up by Xenon flash instead of a traditional LED flash, but that’s actually good because it is said that Xenon flash gives a natural light to the picture. There’s a front camera too, but that’s just 2MP.

On the smartphone side, the specifications are quite ordinary. On the front, there’s a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED screen with 720p resolution. The phone comes with Exynos 5 Hexa SoC which consists of four 1.3Ghz Cortex A7 processors and 2 1.7Ghz Cortex A15 processors. K Zoom has 8GB inbuilt memory along with 2GB RAM and features Mali T624 GPU. Connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/, NFC and LTE. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with a 2,430 mAh battery.

There are a lot of new features on the software side to entice photographers like full manual controls, new market for scenes, Pro suggest and even a Selfie Alarm for the Selfie Addicts.

A Whole new Segment

While Samsung has experimented with cameras on its smartphones in the past, this device seems like the best among them.  With K Zoom, the company is targeting a whole new market which focuses on camera specialized phones.

“We have seen the conventional compact camera market is now shrinking, mostly thanks to the connectivity, portability and usability of smartphones,” says Sung Hong Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Imaging at Samsung. “That’s why there’s more opportunity [in this segment] than conventional cameras, especially in the low-end compact camera category.”

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