Samsung has unveiled a new handset in its line of smartphones with serious camera capabilities – the Galaxy K Zoom.
Following on from the Galaxy S4 Zoom – which we reviewed last autumn – the K Zoom offers a 20.7 megapixel snapper (up from 16 megapixel in the S4 Zoom) with a 1/2.3in BSI CMOS sensor, and a proper 10x optical zoom (the same as the S4 Zoom).
Samsung boasts that the phone "excels" when it comes to low light photography, and it has a Xenon flash, along with optical image stabilisation. Naturally, a grab bag of camera features are on board, including auto-focus/auto-exposure separation to balance light levels, and object tracking for snapping objects in motion. The K Zoom will also offer a range of "optimised" filters, and a selfie timer.
It will also borrow tech from the Galaxy S5, of course, including the Ultra Power Saving Mode which really does offer some excellent battery-preserving benefits (see: Road testing the Samsung Galaxy S5's Ultra Power Saving Mode).
Core specs, camera aside, include a 4.8in display with a resolution of 1280 x 720, a hexa-core CPU (1.3GHz quad-core plus 1.7GHz dual-core), 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (plus microSD for expansion), LTE, and Android 4.4 KitKat on board.
However, the K Zoom remains a chunky device at 20mm thick and weighing 200 grams, much the same as the S4 Zoom was. There's no real way round this when packing proper camera tech into a handset, though, and the size is a compromise that many folks are still likely to find somewhat off-putting, particularly when this phone is compared to contemporary svelte smartphones.
Still, we're betting the K Zoom will offer some impressive snaps – we'll see when we get one for review. UK availability or pricing still hasn't been announced at this stage, though.