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.


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.

There are 60 comments

Need moar speccckckkkssss!

Do these things actually sell?

DWR_31 says:

This thing better have Galaxy S5 specs.
And a decent price.

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I highly doubt either of those...

Edit...reread updated article and its not. But I'm sure it'll be good enough for those who buy it.

Here. Have some Galaxy K Zoom specs

Thank you Phil. I can sleep now.

mwara244 says:

8GB of storage with TW? The on board storage is terrible. With TW eating so much storage it'll probably lag and run slow with under a GB left. Every phone I have had that got low on space ran terribly till I freed up to 3 GB or more like my Nexus and D1.
When ever it was under a GB of storage it was almost freezing the UI.

SlimJ87D says:

Remember... This is supposed to be in teh digital camera market where most compact digital cameras have... NO ON BOARD MEMORY AT ALL O_O

nicocassa1 says:

Looks interesting, i think its nice that they took the S name away this time

And added a "K". Anyone know what the "S" and "K" stand for?

markdowd84 says:

The cool thing about the rapid advancement of technology is that I'd bet in 5-6 years all flagship smartphones will have cameras this good.

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seanjenkins says:

Tell me about it. I have a Sony dsc-hx9v that a few years ago was the best point and shoot you could get for the £300 price range. While on holiday I found my nexus 5 produced better colour accuracy in most conditions!

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theicecowboy says:

Without some software magic ala' Android's new bokeh effect, there'll be nothing like a true 10x optical zoom. (Which is not to say there won't be things no camera has today)

DJCBS says:

Yeah, I'm sure I'll still get better results and construction quality out of my Nokia L1020. That's what I would like to see Samsung doing. Construction quality being heavily improved.

Taz89 says:

Great update over the s4 zoom. Slimmed it down quite a lot for a 10x optical zoom camera and the curvature should help it feel slimmer too. Spec isn't half bad to say the least. For most I would say 720p is more than good, 2gb ram and a exynos hexa core. Only thing bad is the 8gb memory. Yes I know you can put sd card but for a phone that is based around photography and video and 20mp at that the least they could have put in was 16gb. Should be 32gb but that's never happening.

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8gb is a joke for a camera phone.

crester says:

Ever heard of an SD Card? /*rolleyes*

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scaramanga89 says:

Not with Android 4.4, all app data on internal only. it's only useable for JUST photos, that's where they have made a misstep. You're looking at (maybe) 4.5GB internal space, half of that gone with just basic apps and updates. Try putting on a few Maps or Xbox Music/Play music. No dice.

Paul Simiyu says:

Camera shots isn't app data..

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scaramanga89 says:

I realise that, but with touchwiz taking up about 4GB you have 4GB of internal - so you just intend to use this for photos and not using maps or apps or anything else? Because you won't have the room. You need to read up on 4.4, all of the App data since 4.4 has to be stored internally for every app (not photos or your own music) - do you realise how quickly that will fill the 4GB you have spare? It would be filled before my phone installed all the current apps.

Taz89 says:

I'm guessing anyone who is interested in this has a memory card already or will get one with it

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scaramanga89 says:

You can have a 128GB card, you're still limited to 4GB for all your apps and their data.

Taz89 says:

Samsung phone has app 2 sd and you can move data etc around from device storage to sd storage through Samsungs file manager.

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scaramanga89 says:

It did until 4.4. This is running 4.4.2. Unless you're rooted, but you shouldn't have to root.

Taz89 says:

I have 4.4.2 on my s4 and it has app 2 sd and the ability move files to sd card and I am not rooted
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yankees177 says:

it angers me that no one is listening to you. i am desperately wanting a new phone with an amazing camera. looked at this but internals are a deal breaker. will still wait for the Note 4.

DeathProxy says:

Samsung always modifies the Android version that they put on their phones to allow apps to be installed to the SD card.

MarkSeven says:

It's a joke for ANY phone.

sk8trix says:

I agree 8GB sucks but if the price isnt bad and there is an SD slot it might just be a good sell. Personally I will stick to my S5 and my Cannon camera lol but for some people this little camera might be all that they can ever ask for

i think it looks OK I'd buy it at the right price :)

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Jastow says:

Small battery, low storage, and looks to be quite thick...probably heavy too. Maybe something better will come later this year.

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BeerRon says:

Still looking a bit bulky, though I'm pretty sure there's still some people who'll buy it.

Gearu says:

KitKat+ external storage... very funny Samsung...

What the heck is the big deal? Slap a card in there and you can save all your pictures to it still.

scaramanga89 says:

As mentioned earlier the big deal is Kit Kat. all app data on internal only. it's only useable for JUST photos or sideloaded music, NO app data, that's where they have made a misstep. You're looking at (maybe) 4.5GB internal space, half of that gone with just basic apps and updates. Try putting on a few Maps or Xbox Music/Play music. No dice.

MarkSeven says:

Yeah but what about apps? This is still a smartphone and you will still need room for all your basic everyday apps. With Touchwiz taking up about half of that 8GB that doesn't leave you much room for anything.

LightaDroid says:

Its going to have the same sales as the S4 zoom!

Not that much!

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bonedatt says:

No U.S launch? I'll consider this before I consider an S5.The 4.8" screen is acceptable too. The question now is... Will it lag? Touchwiz?

RusticKey says:

The lower resolution should help in reducing lag.

My device went through hell to send this message.

rency0722 says:

20.7 Megapixel, 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor is familiar... Hmmm.

Paul Simiyu says:

It's not a exmor.

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Jas Mannan says:

Am I the only one who thinks this looks hideous? I have an S5 so I'm a Samsung fan. But they seem to always fail at aesthetic judgement with mobile products, such a shame.

SonOfDad says:

So you'd buy this thing over an S5 (or any other phone really) for the gigantic camera on the back but it's 20Mpx. The Nokia 1020 is a camera specialised phone and it's 40Mpx and it was launched almost a year ago :? Nokia's current high end phones (930, 1520) have 20Mpx cameras and they don't have the unit hanging out the back!

vpblaze says:

On a side note, I am really liking the viewing gallery for the pictures in the articles now. Keep up the good work AC!

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MarkSeven says:

The viewing gallery is finally working for me on my job computer. I don't know who made changes (if from this end or AC's) but I'm glad and I hope it stays working..

cjb44 says:

I'm probably the target customer for this...all I need is a phone that I can check email on, take pictures of the kids and actually make phone calls (do people still do that?). Don't really need games or other "fun" stuff.

If you're a parent who works and needs something for vacations and the kids weekend sports, this sounds ideal. Although I'd like to see how the pictures compare to the S5 and the upcoming Note. Besides who cares if it's "ugly", slap on a 3rd party case and it should look fine.

jayjay234 says:

I'm kinda skeptical on xenon flash on this.. I wonder how many pictures it would take with the flash

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radyoactive says:

Being a father to a 4 and 5 year old, this would be a perfect 2nd phone for the weekends. I would just drop my SIM card in and go. For most situations, it would eliminate carrying a phone and a camera and would bring my DSLR for more special occasions.

jayjay234 says:

Not bad at all.

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cjb44 says:

BTW, not even a rumor of a release date? I get not having the actual date released, but is there any idea when this might come about?

busianto says:

Keren bgt

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tdizzel says:

I'd get one of these of it was 4 ultrapixels instead of 20 megapixels

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MidMoMonkey says:

I think ultra pixels are a gimmick. I have the m7 and I love the ois, but the low resolution just doesn't cut it for me.

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MidMoMonkey says:

So tempting! I would definitely prefer a 10x optical zoom over a 40mp Nokia, but I still think you're better off buying a small P&S. I don't think the convenience of having an all-in-one device trumps the small internal storage.

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MasterElwood says:

OIS: good. 60fps FHD: good. No 4k: bad.

ArtVandelay says:

I'm assuming even if there is no US launch, we can still buy an unlocked GSM model, correct?

K White1 says:

Much improved, but still not quite right for me. This should be very appealing to those who want a better smartphone camera experience, though.

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tokuzumi says:

I'm waiting for a decent device like this to be released, that's actually going to be worth purchasing. This phone will be ok at best. It will probably be a poor camera (for the price), and lackluster smartphone. Plus, with only 8GB of space, of which most will be used up by the system, will mean you can't use this for anything but making calls, sending a few texts, and saving pictures on the SD card, which you will need to buy separately. You won't be able to install any apps on this device, as you will run out of space in a hurry. They should make this device a S4, with real camera.

Rackstraw says:

Can we have a counterpart that's just the camera, please? I already have an Android phone. I want a dedicated camera with the same OS.

if you want a good camera phone get a 1020 or just a real camera. Samsung will only update this junk maybe 3 times if lucky in two years. Running touchwiz and a dual core sounds like nothing but trouble.

meettheworld says:

Snazzy, hope to see more of their specs.