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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, DSLR Contender!

August 1, 2014

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

If taking pictures of pretty much everything you consider to be worth capturing is your cup of tea, I’m guessing that you’ll be interested in a smartphone that is capable of delivering some more than impressive photos. As you probably don’t carry your camera around all the time, what’s the next best thing that you can use for getting a picture of your cat while making silly faces? Or an epic sunset? Your phone, of course, as these things are pretty much indispensable nowadays. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is the kind of device that serves as a smartphone, but is also your best buddy when you see something that’s worthy of being snapped. Its name is probably offering a hint towards what this device is all about, so keep reading if you’re feeling interested.

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom comes along with a microUSB cable used for data connections and re-charging the handset, a charger-head and a pair of headphones.

The device stands at 137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6 mm and has a weight of 200 grams. I know that these measurements, including its weight, seem to be kind of too much for a phone, but this is no regular phone, as it holds a 10x optical zoom camera, which is the main culprit for the extra bulkiness. When looking at its frontal size, you’ll find very few differences between it and a regular Galaxy device. Well, the profile and back tell a totally different story, revealing the camera, which is the star of the show.
The K Zoom features a 20.7 megapixels snapper which has a 1/2.3” sensor, a wide angle lens and offers a 10x optical zoom. The digital zoom reaches 20x and there are a Xenon and LED flash for assisting in low light situations. The camera application has a friendly and intuitive interface, offering support for a lot of options, modes and settings for adjusting the image quality. Depending on how much you zoom in, the aperture goes from f/3.1 or f/9, the ISO can be changed from 100 to 3,200 and the shutter speed from 1/1200 s to 16 s. The image quality is excellent and can surely be considered one of the best delivered by smartphones. The colors are punchy and accurate, the contrast is excellent and there’s also a high amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also very good and delivers some beautiful 1080p videos @60 or 30 fps. It uses two microphones for audio recording and offers a great audio quality.
There’s also a 2 MP front facing camera on board for making video calls or taking the famous “selfies”.

Now that I’ve covered the most important aspects of the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, let’s take a look at its display. It comes with a 4.8 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a 306 pixel density and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The image quality offered is excellent, with vivid and accurate colors, great contrast and very wide viewing angles. Also, using the phone under direct sunlight isn’t going to be a problem, as it looks great outside too.

When browsing through the Galaxy K Zoom, you’ll be greeted by the latest and greatest from Android, v4.4.2 KitKat, which has been customized with Samsung’s well known Touch Wiz user interface. Among a whole bunch of other features, it holds the very useful Smart features (such as Smart stay, for keeping your phone unlocked while reading, Smart Alarm, which vibrates when picking up your handset for letting you know that you have unread notifications (this is useful if you don’t notice the LED), Smart Pause for pausing your video when the phone detects that you’re not looking at it and more.
At the hardware department, the Galaxy K Zoom holds an Exynos 5260 Hexa chipset, having a quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 processor and a dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15 processor (both of them being able to work at the same time). Also, there are 2 GB of RAM, Mali-T624 GPU and 8 GB of internal memory which can be extended with a microSD card of up to 64 GB. Due to this impressive set of skills, everything works like a charm, the phone is snappy and won’t be annoying you with any issues of any kind.

When it comes to connectivity, the Galaxy K Zoom holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G, LTE Cat4, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with Wi-FI Direct and Hotspot, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE and A2DP, microUSB 2.0 MHL enabled, also having support for USB On the go.

Some other great and useful features offered by the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom are two excellet browsers (a significantly improved Android one and Google Chrome), which have a lot of options and settings for improving your overall browsing experience – which is awesome. There’s also a GPS receiver with support for GLONASS and A-GPS, Google Maps for navigation, the Kingsoft Office for handling your document files, S Voice (Samsung’s own personal assistant), Google Now, some capable media players and more.

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is kept alive by a 2,430 mAh battery and will need a recharge after almost 3 days, if used with moderation.

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