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Samsung has just taken the wraps off the new Galaxy K Zoom camera-smartphone hybrid at its “Kapture the Moment” event in Singapore.

Like the Galaxy S4 Zoom before it, the new device features a 10x optical zoom lens on the front delivering visuals to a 20.7MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with Optical Image Stabilisation, surrounded by a stippled/perforated case that echoes the Galaxy S5 rear. There’s also a Xenon flash for proper flash photography. Flip it over, and you’ll find a decidedly more standard-looking Samsung phone face – a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display framed with Samsung’s usual speakers, home button and capacitive buttons.

The whole thing’s powered by a Samsung hexa-core Exynos chipset (although like the Galaxy S5, this might change in markets where Samsung uses Qualcomm chips for LTE connectivity), 2GB of RAM, 8GB storage (of course there’s a MicroSD slot), and Android KitKat.

No Samsung Android-powered camera/smartphone would be complete without a few camera enhancements, and Samsung’s highlighted a few of the Galaxy K Zoom’s headline features in its press release:

AF/AE Separation (Auto Focus/ Auto Exposure Separation) brings a more precise balance of light and clarity,
Pro Suggest mode offers up to 5 filter settings based on the current environment,
Selfie Alarm snaps three photos when it detects it’s pointed at your head, and
Object tracing allows the device to capture a clear, focused shot of a moving subject

Engadget seems to have been able to spend a little time with the device ahead of today’s event, and reports that image quality seems improved over the S4 Zoom, but it doesn’t seem like they’ve been able to spend a proper amount of time with it to check the results in much detail. The camera is also said to be able to shoot 1080p video at 60fps.

Full specifications below:

Network

LTE

Cat4, HSPA+ 42Mbps
LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600
HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

3G

5-band HSPA+ 42Mbps
HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

Display

4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED Display (1280×720)

AP

Hexa core: 1.3GHz Quad-Core + 1.7GHz Dual-Core Processor

OS

Android 4.4 (Kitkat)

Camera

Main(Rear): 20.7 Mega pixel 1/2.3 BSI CMOS Sensor, 10x Optical Zoom, OIS,
24-240mm, F3.1-6.3
AF Assist LED
Sub(Front): 2.0 Mega pixel

ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Continuous Shot: 3fps MAX with AF
Format: JPEG, PNG, GIF, WBMP, BMP, AGIF
Xenon Flash,
SMART Mode, Expert Mode(P/M), My Mode

Video

Recording Playback: Full HD (1920×1080 /60p)
Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Audio

Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC +/eAAC+, WMA, OGG (Vorbis), FLAC
Format : MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Value-Added Features

SMART Mode(28): Auto, Pro Suggest, Program, Beauty face, Shot more, Panorama, Virtual tour, Rich tone, Night, Continuous shot, Selfie alarm, Manual, Kids shot, Landscape, Dawn, Snow, Macro, Food, Party/Indoor, Action freeze, Waterfall, Animated photo, Sound shot, Surround shot, Silhouette, Sunset, Fireworks, Light race

AF/AE Separation, Object tracking, Studio, Smile/ Blink detection

Ultra Power Saving Mode

Kids mode

S Health Lite

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie&TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube

Connectivity

Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, HT40,
Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE
USB: USB 2.0
NFC
A-GPS + GLONASS

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor

Memory

RAM: 2GB
Internal Memory: 8GB
microSD slot: micro SDSC (up to 2GB guaranteed), micro SDHC (up to 32GB guaranteed), micro SDXC (up to 64GB guaranteed)

*User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.

Dimension

137.5X70.8X16.6(20.2)mm, 200g

Battery

2,430mAh

Samsung’s history is a bit spotted when it comes to Android devices and photography. After launching the original Galaxy Camera, we saw the Galaxy S4 Zoom last year, which many assumed to be the “new” Galaxy Camera at the time. That device itself saw a rather late introduction to the local Australian market, and we’re actually yet to see the Galaxy NX “prosumer” camera here at all. There also seems to be a Galaxy NX Mini on its way, and the Galaxy Camera itself got a refresh earlier this year – it now has a form factor that seems closer to the Galaxy K Zoom.

The new Galaxy K moniker separates the phone and camera lines in the market. It appears Samsung may be trying to peg back some of the confusion it introduced last year when it attached its flagship Galaxy S4 name to the S4 Zoom. Hopefully we’ll see the product lines simplify into the K and NX lines… or perhaps even further.

Australian Release

Samsung Australia’s Craig Gillespie (Business Manager, Digital Imaging Division) is promising availability in the “coming months”:

Samsung Electronics Australia is excited to confirm that the Galaxy K zoom will be launched in Australia in the coming months.

Samsung continues to innovate to meet the wide variety of needs of today’s consumers. For many Australians, their smartphone is their primary camera. The Samsung Galaxy K zoom is our latest pioneering device, equipped with the features that a smartphone user needs to stay connected while also providing an outstanding camera.

Information regarding local pricing and retailer availability will be announced closer to the Australian on sale date for this product.

Are you interested in the Galaxy K Zoom? What features are you interested in, or what is it missing? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Engadget, and Samsung.
Companies: Samsung
Devices: Galaxy K, and Galaxy K Zoom