Samsung Announces New Zoom Lens Smartphone

With point-and-shoot specs and a smartphone in tow, the K Zoom takes aim at the low end camera market.


Samsung renewed its commitment to packing an optical zoom lens inside a smartphone, unveiling a followup device to its previous souped up cameraphone. The Galaxy K Zoom brings newer hardware and a 4.8-inch screen to Samsung's lineup, adopting the look of the recently-released Galaxy S5.

Sporting better camera guts and a far nicer optics than most of its smartphone brethren, the K Zoom hosts a 20.7-megapixel, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor. To grab shots from far away, a 24-240mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.1-6.3 lens grants the K zoom a 10x zoom ratio—much like that of the Galaxy S4 Zoom.

When activated, the lens extends from the body. View Larger

Additionally, the camera interface is reportedly much more laden with features and options like "manual" control and Pro Suggest: a feature that suggests scene modes based upon your lighting situation. Selfie fanatics undoubtedly make liberal use of the "Selfie Alarm" to automatically frame their own self-shots for social media without looking at the K Zoom's screen. To cap it all off, Samsung also gave the Z Zoom a physical shutter release button.

Camera aside, the smartphone itself brings Samsung's suite of apps and Android enhancements in its re-skin of the venerated mobile operating system. Though specs are a bit sparse for some, a hexacore processor (2 cores 1.7 GHz, four cores 1.3GHz), 2GB of RAM, and Android 4.4 KitKat all add up to what sounds like a competitive mobile phone.

Pricing hasn't been set as of publication, but a global release has been announced for May 2014. Unfortunately, the K Zoom will not be available in the US at that time, but only time will tell if it or a device like it will bow stateside.

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