Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Part Galaxy smartphone, with a whole lot of camera (and 10x optical zoom!) added on

Samsung Electronics UK today has announced the Galaxy K Zoom, a new "Camera-Specialized Smartphone" that sports a 20-megapixel sensor on a 4.8-inch smartphone body.

This is an Android-based system, running Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung's got a suite of custom software on board as well, including a "lite" version of its excellent S-Health app, and the new Ultra Power Saving Mode. It's powered by a hexacore system, with a quad-core processor running at 1.3 GHz alongside a dual-core processor at 1.7 GHz. It's got 2 gigabytes of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage (actual useable space will be less), and can take a microSD card for external storage. The Galaxy K Zoom has a 2,430 mAh battery.

[Read this: Complete Galaxy K Zoom specs]

The camera is a 20.7MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor. It's got a 10x optical zoom and xenon flash. There's some sort of "Selfie Alarm" (presumably that helps you take selfies and not avoid them), and object tracking for when the subject's not standing still.

And, yes, this is a smartphone, with full 3G and 4G LTE data. For Wifi, you've got 802.11 a/b/g/n.

Pricing and specific availability were not announced.

SAMSUNG INTRODUCES THE GALAXY K ZOOM

New device combines industry-leading camera features with the Samsung Galaxy mobile experience

29th April 2014, London, UK - Samsung Electronics UK today unveiled a new smartphone with a professional grade camera, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. The new device is a new smartphone that blends advanced digital camera technology with Samsung's industry-leading Galaxy experience. Featuring effortless capturing ability, real optics, and a premium design, the Galaxy K Zoom gives you the mobile solutions you need plus the ability to create professional-quality visual content in a fun, easy–to-use device.

"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."

The Galaxy K Zoom has an advanced technical camera system designed to give you the control and functionality of an advanced camera, so you never miss important moments and can always capture them with complete clarity. It comes equipped with new retracting lens technology that provides a 10x optical zoom in a remarkably slim and chic body. Other notable features include the 20.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for ultra-clear, ultra-detailed images. The device excels in low light conditions, and provides Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) to reduce blur caused by movement, so you will always get pictures and video in Full HD that are crisp and sharp, even when zoomed-in and in low light. In addition, the device's Xenon Flash provides a brighter light than LEDs to improve the quality of the image with natural brilliance.

The Galaxy K Zoom also includes advanced camera features and functions, including; AF/AE Separation (Auto Focus/Auto Exposure Separation) for the precise balance of light and clarity; next-generation Pro Suggest mode which offers 10 optimised filter settings; a Selfie Alarm so you can take timed selfies with ease; and object tracking for a clear, focused shot of a moving subject. Each feature comes with a simple User Interface, allowing you to easily capture photos and videos in groundbreaking quality, in any situation.

The compact and highly portable Galaxy K Zoom features an ergonomic grip and sleek, stylish lines that feel soft and comfortable in the hand. Additionally, it offers all the features that we know people want in a flagship Galaxy smartphone, including Ultra Power Saving Mode for minimising battery consumption, S Health Lite for personalised fitness and lifestyle coaching, and a Studio app so you can easily edit your pictures and videos.

UK availability of the Galaxy K Zoom will be announced in due course.