Samsung unveils Galaxy K Zoom camera phone
Imaging-first model departs from S series, employs thinner design
Samsung Electronics today unveiled what many expected to be the first Galaxy S5 offshoot, but instead of naming the successor to the camera-centric Galaxy S4 Zoom the South Korean vendor wheeled out the Galaxy K zoom, in a departure from its usual S-series product cycle.
Quite why Samsung chose to do this is unclear, but it might have something to do with fan gripes surrounding the S4 Zoom's clunky design. Many users were unhappy with the protrusion of the lens unit, but the K Zoom goes a long way towards solving this problem with a unit that is a lot more flush to the handset's chassis.
"With the introduction of the Galaxy K Zoom, Samsung continues to demonstrate our commitment to creating products that meet the diverse demands of our consumers," said Sun Hong Lim, senior vice president of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.
"The new Galaxy K zoom empowers users to effortlessly capture and share their most important everyday moments in stunning clarity, with the convenience and connectedness of a Galaxy smartphone, for a unique, all-in-one mobile experience."
The K Zoom's camera is has a 20.7MP CMOS sensor with 10x optical zoom, Xenon flash, optical image stabiliser (OIS) and the ability to shoot full-HD video at 60 fps. It also features a 4.8-inch 720p screen that is designed for greater colour fidelity than a standard sRGB screen.