Samsung has finally pulled back the curtain on the follow up to the Galaxy S4 Zoom from last year, which we were already suspecting of being the Galaxy K Zoom. The newest member of the Galaxy device family focuses on the camera aspects which is no surprise since the main feature on board is the 20.7 MP 1/2.3 BSI CMOS camera sensor. The Galaxy K Zoom fills the shoes of its predecessor easily and ups the ante on the megapixels, but keeps the same 10x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, and Xenon flash as previously found on the S4 Zoom. The screen gets upgraded to a hefty 4.8-inches from last years 4.3-inch display, and carries a 720p resolution and Super AMOLED technology.
The nice thing about the Galaxy K Zoom compared to last years model is the size. As we stated above the display gets an upgrade to 4.8-inches, but in this particular respect we’re more referring to the dimensions. Specifically how thin the device is compared to the Galaxy S4 Zoom. The Galaxy K Zoom’s retractable lens technology helps the device achieve its svelte form factor, and the dimpled back has been carried over from the Galaxy S5 which should help photo enthusiasts get a better grip when trying to obtain all those great pictures. The device comes running Android 4.4 kit kat right out of the box, which shouldn’t surprise anyone given how long the software build has already been out.
The Galaxy K Zoom is packed full of camera features that should make any picture fiend fall in love, sporting AF/AE Separation, up to five optimized filter settings via the Pro suggest mode, even a timer that Samsung literally dubbed the Selfie alarm so you can time them just right. That is, if you’re still taking selfies. Weren’t those so last year? Despite it’s completely ridiculous name the Selfie alarm feature actually sounds like it does its job well. For those who are too lazy(like myself)or just don’t care to try to fiddle with taking selfies the old-fashioned way, you can turn on the selfie alarm and the camera will basically wait till it can sense that your face is inside the frame, at which point the camera will take three pictures so you can select the best one. Honestly.. it sounds ridiculous, but as long as total honesty is still on the table this is a feature I would personally use. In total the Galaxy K Zoom houses 28 different shooting modes, of which object tracking has to be one of better ones, allowing you to grab a stable clear image of moving objects.
Samsung didn’t skimp on the specs, as they’ve not only slipped in the latest version of Android, but also the ultra power saving mode from the Galaxy S5 so that the battery can last all day if you suck most of the life out of the phone taking too many selfies(It’s ok, really. We know how hard it can be to get the pictures just right). When it comes to performance the Galaxy K Zoom is running with a hexa-core Exynos 5 Hexa processor. The Exynos 5 Hexa chip is composed of two Cortex-A15 cores that clock at 1.7 GHz, and four Cortex A7 cores that clock at 1.3 GHz, accompanied by 2GB of RAM which should help you multitask just fine. The front facing camera is a little lacking at 2.1MP, but we suspect that is why Samsung decided to throw in the selfie alarm, so you wouldn’t have to rely on the front camera for personal portraits anymore. The internal storage caps out at 8GB, but you can store up to an additional 64GB through the microSD card if needed, and we suspect that some might need it if they intend to take full advantage of the camera. The Galaxy K Zoom comes in the same colors as the Galaxy S5, minus the gold, showing off its style in black, white, and blue, and should be available starting sometime in May.