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Samsung’s Galaxy K Zoom Now Official, with 20.7 MP Camera and Mid-range Specs

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Just in case the Samsung Galaxy S5‘s 16MP shooter wasn’t cutting it for some reason, you’ll soon have an option from the same manufacturer with a beefed up sensor, in the Galaxy K Zoom. The standout features for this device are all in the camera, since the rest of the specs will be disappointing for spec aficionados.

First and foremost, the Galaxy K Zoom packs a 20.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with 10x optical zoom through “a new retracting lens technology” that should produce “ultra-clear, ultra-detailed images.” Also touted by Samsung are the device’s Xenon flash and Optical Image Stabilization features, which should work to aid performance in low-light situations. The device packs new TouchWiz features to go along with the impressive camera, like Selfie Alarm, letting you sit back and pose to take selfies without the usual hassle. Auto Focus / Auto Exposure separation is also found on the device for “for the precise balance of light and clarity,” and Samsung’s Pro Suggest will offer 5 optimized filter settings.

The rest of the hardware on the phone (yes, it’s a phone) is not the most impressive, considering we’re in 2014. There’s a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display at 720p and a hexa-core processor (with one quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and one dual-core 1.7 GHz SoC). The front facing camera comes in at 2MP, which is sort of disappointing when you consider the HTC One (M8)’s 5MP front-facer. There are also 8GB of internal storage (with SD card expansion up to 64GB), 2GB of RAM, and LTE connectivity on a number of bands.

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On the software side of things, the K Zoom comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz software skin atop Android 4.4, Kit Kat. Ultra Power Saving Mode has been carried over from the Galaxy S5, and so has S Health, which has been rebranded to S Health Lite for this particular device. Samsung’s Studio app will also allow users to quickly edit pictures and videos.

Nothing regarding availability was made clear in Samsung’s press release.

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Via: Samsung Mobile Press
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  • Nick

    I don’t understand pairing a 20 megapixel camera with a 720p screen. Or 8 gigs of storage. This phone has fail written all over it….

  • SewWhat

    OK.. Am I the only one that sees a problem with coupling a 20.7MP camera on a android device that has only 8GB of storage? With even a modicum amount of apps you might be able to take 20 pics.. MAYBE… IF you don’t have an external card.

  • BoFiS

    So worst battery life of any camera? ;-)

  • Robert Macri

    If I could get the Moto X with a awesome camera like this, I think I would buy it.

    Basically take away touchwiz and this isn’t a bad device. Add the twist to open the camera and its a pretty cool device – People on instagram love photos of my cat!

  • shmigga

    This actually looks pretty nice.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I dont fully understand why this is considered mid range. the display being 720p?

    • TylerCameron

      The pixel density of 720p at 4.8″ is pretty bad. UI think its less than 300.

  • Sean Plantz

    My Mother in law would probably get this, she LOVES the s4 zoom she has now. I’m ok with the cam on my Droid Maxx, but I can see the appeal to some. Would have seriously liked to see at least 32gb on this though, Touchwiz is one hefty mother, even trimmed up a bit, then support for 128gb sd cards so you can do vids of a reasonable length as well as hold a bunch of photos. Thats just me though.

  • Chris Stuart

    I was excited for this but it won’t be coming to the US it seems :(

  • Mike

    I actually, kind of like it. Obviously not the specs but the fact that you have a point and shoot with any kind of optical zoom always at hand is kind of cool. Le the flaming begin!

    Seriously though, if this comes to Verizon I would seriously consider it.

  • RichFromBX

    this will more than likely be popular with high school and college kids as well as the soccer moms. The above average user may tinker with it a bit but will go back to their normal phone. Back in the day when I use to go to more parties and hang out a lot I probably would’ve got this phone.

    • Adrynalyne

      No kids eh?

  • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

    You lost me at “beefed up sensor…” If anything is beefed up here, its the optics.

  • flosserelli

    8 GB internal memory and 2430 mAh battery? Seriously?
    I guess the optics took up space that could have been used for a bigger battery. But there is no excuse for not having at least 16 GB memory.

  • mcdonsco

    OK, back in the day of the original RAZR (the flip phone), I couldn’t figure out why cameras in phones were becoming so popular. I said more times than I can count; “if you want a good camera; go buy a camera”.

    ME = WRONG…I GET IT.

    But this? Really? Please tell me I’m not going down the wrong path again; with this!

    I have got to be right on this one…right?

    It can’t take off; right?

  • JamiWHill

    The camera is a “bonus” even if it’s the feature you use to choose your next phone. No one is going to compromise the rest of their phone experience for the sake of a better camera that’s still worse than any cheap SLR on the market. And if you’re that nuts about the camera, I have a hard time believe you don’t have a real camera. http://sn.im/28ux95m

  • Kane Desousa

    Here come the Samsung knights sticking up for their precious products. Hail lord Samsung… Ha.

  • bwash30

    You do understand this is the same soc in the note 3 neo. While it may not be a power house it’s not bad.

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      Never said it was; just stated it was mid-range

  • cwillen

    How are they marketing a phone to photo enthusiasts and not even including RAW as a format options for the photos? OEMs need to do a better job understanding their market. People who like having a nice camera on their phones still only use their phone for casual photos. That being said, there’s really not a need for a ridiculous photo element like that. The camera is a “bonus” even if it’s the feature you use to choose your next phone. No one is going to compromise the rest of their phone experience for the sake of a better camera that’s still worse than any cheap SLR on the market. And if you’re that nuts about the camera, I have a hard time believe you don’t have a real camera.

    Trust me, as a photographer, I think it would be great to have an amazing camera on my phone for those candid and unforeseen moments. But I just don’t see a day where my phone is replacing my SLR.

    • Hershel

      Battery life may be a sham. Esspellly if its a Samsung. All the bloat, and services.

  • faida

    A camera for every letter of the alphabet.. that’s the plan :)

  • Smartguy

    Can you guys stop hating just to hate? This camera actually looks GOOD, I would definitely buy it if I was in the photography field and didn’t just get the Galaxy S5. Overall seems like a legit piece of hardware for Samsung fans.

    • Matt G

      If you are in the photography field I highly doubt this is the camera you will be using..

      • Smartguy

        Not true, there is such thing as an amateur photographer, not everyone needs a 60mp camera bro. Stop hating just to hate.

        • Cesar

          There are so many things wrong with this comment.

          • PoisonApple31

            He’s like a cult leader with no followers.

          • Matt G

            He lost credibility when he made his name SmartGuy

          • PoisonApple31

            Aww…His name turned gray. I hope he finds his peace.

        • Kane Desousa

          Megapixels aren’t what make a camera, my 6D has 20MP and it takes MUCH better pictures then this.

          • Kane Dewanna

            How do you know? Have you seen photos from this and compared them to the 6D?
            Also, it is “than” not “then”

          • Kane Desousa

            Oh sorry, I forgot I was in school.

            Really? I have to compare to know?

            … Lol, okay.

          • Hershel

            common sense?

        • Hershel

          There are much better cameras for you then.

        • michael arazan

          For $600 for the price of this phone you could buy some DSLR’s for better quality images, and find used ones that are older.

      • Miguel

        But if it’s any good it can be a partner to a DSRL when traveling.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn If you were in the photography field you would NOT be buying this. There are a TON of cameras to compliment DSLRs.l This isn’t one of them. This is very specific for a very niche market.

      • TylerCameron

        Why not buy something like this? Every other phone is $600. If you needed a new phone and this phone had specs from this year, what’s wrong with it? Why not buy the phone with the absolute beat camera on any phone?

    • Hershel

      any REAL photographer would buy a DSLR or something close to it. They are using it for actual photos, not take super up close and personal shots of their lunch or upload to instagram.

      • hoosiercub88

        I have a DSLR.. I don’t happen to carry it with me everywhere I go though. Since it’s large, and a pain in the ass.

        I would like to have a camera phone with a sensor/optics just above that of a cameraphone. Since we’re not getting the Xperia Z2 in the states, why is this a bad thing? Point & Shoot cameras have come a long way and are usually pretty good. This isn’t supposed to be a ‘real’ camera replacement, this is supposed to be a phone with a pretty great camera for people who want to take decent photos without lugging around an extra device.

  • agentorange1985

    Let’s just be happy there’s a new Galaxy, K!

    • sc0rch3d

      aren’t those specs (rear cam excluded) similar to the Moto X that DL knows and adores?

      • Nexoduss

        Yeah it is haha. and this dude is bashing that the front camera is 2 mp… come on I wouldn’t care if the phone didn’t have a front camera at all, but I guess little kids like him love to take selfies.

        • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

          Excuse me? While I won’t delete your comment (I find it particularly humorous), I find your claims to be entirely ignorant. Samsung touts this phone to be the “Selfie God” in essence, and I’m merely pointing out that their camera is not as highly-specced as HTC’s offering; I am well aware that megapixels aren’t everything, but I find it fair to simply point out.

          And in response to the spec claim, if you can remember, we were iffy about those a year ago. At this point, I definitely would not buy this phone for those specs (or even a Moto X, for example), because they simply don’t cut it right now. And TouchWiz is a huge factor as well.

    • Miguel

      The interesting part is that the G Camera’s are getting thinner, we might not like it since it’s Sammy but attaching a 20MP sensor ( don’t know how good it it yet) is nice indeed.

  • PoisonApple31

    Doesn’t Touchwiz take up 8 GB of space alone? What is this? Touchwiz Neo?

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      Chill, you’ll have like 0.1GB to use — enough for one app!

      • PoisonApple31

        Thank God! I was worried I’d have that camera sensor and no way to actually use it!

      • michael arazan

        Hopefully one or two of the 30 Bloatware apps will be for editing pictures

      • Dial_S_for_SAMSUNGDER

        S-crap.
        An app that rules them all.

      • CurryMan

        Shutup you little curry sipping prickkk.

    • SmartGuy

      Stop hating hater.

      • PoisonApple31

        Hold back your tears “Smart” guy! I love my Note 3.

      • Hershel

        hater?

  • Matt G

    Samsung: Here is a Galaxy S4 with great specs and pretty good camera. Here is a Galaxy K Zoom with average specs and great camera. Summary: This product shouldn’t exist

    • Hershel

      as with half of Samsung’s products

  • Ben Murphy

    Why!

    • WHY!

      i was literally going to comment the exact same thing!

    • Mctypething

      are you mad bro?

      • Ben Murphy

        Yes, brother. I am outraged.

        • Hershel

          I’m outraged that I lost my head! I need my girls.

    • T4rd

      Because Samsung.