The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is a smartphone-camera hybrid device that follows in the footsteps of its previous hybrid device, the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Just like its predecessor, the Galaxy K Zoom walks the line between a traditional smartphone and its smart, Android-powered cameras such as the Galaxy Camera 2.
Announced in April 2014, the Galaxy K Zoom from the front looks very similar to the Galaxy S5, with a slightly smaller display but the same buttons and industrial design. Just like its predecessor, though, the Galaxy K Zoom comes up short in terms of raw smartphone specifications when compared to the flagship phone of the same release cycle. The Galaxy K Zoom has just a 720 x 1280 resolution display, a "hexa-core" processor that's a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and dual-core 1.7GHz processor together, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of memory and LTE connectivity. The rest of the design looks much like the Galaxy S5, with the addition of a dedicated camera button on the side and large cutout for a flash on the back.
This phone isn't really about the internal specs as much as it's about the gigantic (by smartphone standards) camera sensor on the back. The Galaxy K Zoom sports a 20.7MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, backed by 10x optical zoom (24-240mm equivalent), optical image stabilization and a true Xenon flash. The camera app has been tailored to the camera sensor as well, providing more advanced functions such as Auto Focus and Auto Exposure separation, a new Pro Suggest Mode and manual controls.
When you flip the phone back over, you have a standard Samsung user interface built on Android 4.4 KitKat (at launch) with all of Samsung's latest apps and features, including S Health, Ultra Power Saving Mode and Samsung Studio.