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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom officially announced: 20.7MP camera with OIS and 10x optical zoom


Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom was officially announced during an event at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore. The Android running camera-centric smartphone is the successor to last year's Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and is meant for those looking for a zero-compromise cameraphone.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom design draws inspiration from the Galaxy S5, with the distinct perforated pattern and shimmering finish found on the flagship. Samsung has included dedicated camera button on the side, so users can quickly open the camera app to capture photos. The Galaxy K Zoom ranks amoung the bulkiest smartphones with a weight of 7.05 ounces (200 grams) and thickness of 0.8 inches (20.2 millimeters) at its thickest point. However its proportions seem perfectly acceptable for something packing a 10x zoom optical system. 

The most important aspect of this device is its 20.7MP BSI CMOS camera with its 1/2.3" sensor, which about as big as the one in the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Aperture size varies between F3.1 at 1x zoom and F6.3 at 10x zoom. To eliminate motion blur caused by shaky hands, the Galaxy K zoom features optical image stabilization. Furthermore, the Galaxy K zoom packs a powerful xenon flash accompanied by an assistive LED light, just like its predecessor.

The Galaxy K Zoom features a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display which is known for producing vivid color reproduction and excellent viewing angles. The display has a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels with a 306 ppi pixel density, which is quite acceptable for its mid-range caliber.

All the internal hardware is powered by a six-core processor - an Exynos 5 Hexa which features a quad-core Cortex A7 clocked at 1.3GHz alongside a dual-core Cortex-A15 for extra power clocked at 1.7GHz. You also get 2GB of RAM to manage the workload, alongside 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot which can handle as much as 64GB of additional storage.

Camera

Camera modes and settings can be configured manually, of course, which should be great news for experienced photographers. Auto-focus and auto-exposure can be controlled separately for superior image control, and the object tracking feature will allow you to snap clear shots of moving objects. In addition, the Pro Suggest mode built into the camera UI allows the camera to pick the optimal settings depending on the scene being captured. There is also a neat Selfie Alarm mode for taking high-quality self-shots with the main camera – point the snapper at yourself and the camera will let you know when you're in the frame. 


Software

On the software side, you Galaxy K Zoom runs Android 4.4 KitKat coupled with Samsung's latest TouchWiz user interface. This means you get access to features like Ultra Power Saving mode, Kids mode, and the S Health Lite fitness companion. The pre-loaded Studio app will let users easily edit and manage images taken with the Galaxy K zoom and then share them online for the world to see.


Pricing and Availability

Samsung has not revealed the pricing for the device, but it has been scheduled to launch in May. It is not clear if the device will be released on a US carrier at this point.




Press Release




source - Samsung
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