Samsung has taken a second stab at combining a high-end Android smartphone and a point-and-shoot digital camera with zoom lens.
Launched in Singapore and with UK availability to be announced later, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom has the same soft-touch plastic finish as the Galaxy S5, a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720, and is powered by a 1.3GHz, quad-core processor.
The Galaxy K Zoom runs Android 4.4 KitKat, but of course the most important feature is its rear camera, which is 20.7-megapixel, has 10x optical zoom and uses a 1 / 2.3 CMOS sensor, as found in many point-and-shoot digital cameras.
If you were wondering, it’s K for camera - in German. No, we don't know why either.
There’s a host of photography features, filters and settings, but one of the most interesting is Selfie Alarm. Set this mode, pick where in the frame you would like your face to appear, turn the phone around and it will take three photos once you’re in the right place - no more guessing with the rear camera, or taking accurate but poor quality photos with the front one. There’s also a Xenon flash to light the scene and optical image stabilisation to keep your photos blur-free.
“We know that our customers all have different demands and needs, and the Galaxy K Zoom is the latest example of our on-going commitment to ensuring we have something for everyone,” said Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland.
“What most of our customers do have in common though is a desire for a mobile device that has a great camera – whether that be a parent wanting to capture their child’s first steps, or friends on a night out. The Galaxy K Zoom has a range of features that mean they can effortlessly take and share those photos and with the convenience of a Galaxy smartphone.”
Not content with offering the best smartphone camera, Samsung has also given the Galaxy K Zoom a ‘lite’ version of the S Health fitness and activity tracker app found in the Galaxy S5.
The phone will be available in some European countries from 21 May, priced at €499; Samsung says a UK price and release date “will be announced in due course.”