Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

7.3/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
4.8"

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom's screen is 4.8 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A15 & Cortex-A7 Hexa core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
20+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2430mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2430 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 20 days standby time, 840 minutes (2G), 840 minutes (3G), 540 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



It’s both a smartphone and a compact point-and-shoot, and it does both pretty well, if you don’t mind the added bulk in your pocket.

- Anton D. Nagy , Pocketnow 

The Galaxy K Zoom features an impressive camera, and offers robust optical zoom, but suffers from being the sum of its parts and having less than stellar battery life.

- Lanh Nguyen , Android Authority 

Reviews summary

7.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 16 reviews

What's good  

  • 10x Optical Zoom
  • Removable battery
  • MicroSD support
  • 4G support

What's bad  

  • Battery life
  • Slow camera boot time
  • Lack of manual camera controls
  • Mid-tier specs and performance at flagship prices
  • Inconsistent video quality

The previous Galaxy S4 Zoom was met with lackluster reviews and only mild acceptance. However, Samsung is back in the camera phone game with a new challenger--the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. Will this be the one to carve out a dedicated niche for these beastly phone/camera hybrids? Let’s see what the reviews have to say!

As far as phone specs go, the K Zoom is firmly in the mid-range bracket. The 4.8-inch 720p AMOLED display is a good size compared to flagship devices but lacking in the resolution department. Unfortunately, the PenTile technology used in the display doesn’t seem to be earning it any points with reviewers either. TrustedReviews was the harshest of the crowd, stating, “if you’re expecting a real top-end display you’ll be disappointed.” Wired UK elaborated a little further saying the screen “appears a little fuzzy” and called the color balance “a bit over-saturated.”

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The phone is powered by a 6-core Exynos processor. While you might think this is providing a real edge to the device, most benchmarks found the phone to perform on par with last year’s flagship, the Galaxy S4. However, reviews noted that performance was smooth and overall very enjoyable. Trusted Reviews stated, “Ensure there’s enough room on-board and there’s very little lag.” Just don’t expect it perform well on resource intensive tasks.

Of course, the star of the show is the K Zoom’s 20.7 megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom. When it comes to mobile devices with built-in cameras, there simply aren’t any (other than the previous S4 Zoom) that can even think of competing in the zoom department. Wired UK states, “Use the zoom and it's instantly head and shoulders above its digital zoom rivals.”

That isn’t to say there aren’t a few concerns about the camera. Trusted Reviews noted that it takes “4-4.5 seconds to get from the phone’s main interface to the point where you can take a photo.” If you’re looking to capture those one-in-a-lifetime shots, the K Zoom might be a bit slow. The other concern is video quality. Engadget put it through the ringer at the Taipei Zoo and found, “Video quality is generally rather poor, particularly at longer focal lengths.”

The final weak link is the battery life. The 2430mAh battery seems plenty to power it on paper. However, many reviews note that it appears the Exynos 5 processor simply fails to preserve power in standby mode. The result? Most reviews found the phone steadily drained throughout a single day. Trusted Reviews noted “The battery drains fairly quickly even if you barely use the phone.” While Engadget found that shooting more than an hour of video and a few hundred pictures completely drained the battery. If you’re looking for a dedicated vacation camera, you might need a spare battery.

When it comes to final verdicts, most were rather bittersweet. TrustedReviews said, “this phone is all about the optical zoom.” GSM Arena called the phone a device for “people who take tons of photos each day, but aren't into the nitty-gritty.” Engadget was perhaps hardest on the device, stating, “you'll probably be better off buying a separate camera and smartphone.”


Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


What Mobile

A solid Android smartphone with a digital camera lens

from What Mobile

The Galaxy K-Zoom provides one of the best cameras we have have seen on a smartphone. Additionally, its zoom functions are unparalleled. It’s just a shame that it didn’t get the phone bit right. Aside from offering good usability across the board, it is too bulky to carry around as a mobile phone. You’ll have a hard time fitting it in your pocket and what’s the point of carrying it in your bag if you risk missing calls and notifications.

As recent handsets such as the Nokia Lumia 930 and Sony Xperia Z2 have shown, you needn’t sacrifice design when ad... Full review

Sammy Hub

Improved a lot and feels more fluid and usable

from Sammy Hub
I would say the camera on the Galaxy K zoom along with the optical zoom and variety of shooting modes does come in handy but it is still not up to the mark where you’d want to skip taking a camera for your trip. Also, if you consider the device from a smartphone’s perspective, there are many other phones that offer better performance in the same price range... Full review
Fone Arena

Massive improvements in usability compared to the S4 zoom

from Fone Arena

Samsung’s desire to make a camera-centric phone was evident with the K zoom’s weird hybrid predecessor, but things have changed a lot, for the better. For starters, the device is slimmer and much easier to operate with a single hand. It has better balance and the overall profile feels way improved, but not quite as much as we’d like. Take the Lumia 1020, for example, it has a slimmer profile and the fixed lens unit which doesn’t move, provides ample space for better optics and a sensor. Samsung, on the other hand, have made the S4 zoom better, which is good, but the... Full review

Digital Versus

Good screen, faultless multimedia options and a fluid and responsive user interface

from Digital Versus

The Galaxy K Zoom is the result of Samsung greatly improving on the Galaxy S4 Zoom formula. The S4 was already doing well on the camera front, but really didn't offer the shape and handling of a smartphone. Its successor is just a tiny bit better for photo and video capture, and the 10x optical zoom means it too is a standout camera phone. But the biggest improvement is to be found on the smartphone side. While it's still pretty chunky, it's markedly easier to handle. On top of that, there's a good screen, faultless multimedia options and a fluid and responsive user interface. In short, the... Full review

Pocketnow

Solid camera, good performance

from Pocketnow

We had a lot of complaints last year with the Galaxy S4 zoom. Needless to say, most of those issues return on our 2014 K zoom list as well. While Samsung has definitely improved the specifications on paper, it has still not addressed some rather important aspects, like the LED notification, or the simplest, no-brainer capability of waking the phone into the camera app with the camera button (alone).

That being said, we’re still not sure we’re able to answer our fundamental questions about this device, but we’ll try our best. Is it a phone? It definitely is a sma... Full review

Recombu

Boasts a great zoom-capable camera, but fails as a smartphone

from Recombu

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is a good smartphone with mid-range internals that will make the average user happy. It is, however, only a good camera compared with a digital compact, making it hard to recommend wholeheartedly.

We get the two devices rolled into one idea and Samsung is wise to pursue this route, given that most people use their phone as their camera. But the Galaxy K Zoom is a bit bulky to really convert people.

Still, if you want one of the best smartphone cameras and are happy to lug the Galaxy K Zoom with you, there's nothing quite like it. Other flagshi... Full review

Android Authority

An average phone with an above average camera

from Android Authority
It may be a phone and camera combined together, but there’s not much that makes it stand out. As a phone, it is a mid-range device, but as a camera, it does boast great picture quality and optical zoom. Whether you want it or not depends on how important optical zoom is to you, or if you’re in the market for a fantastic camera on an otherwise mid-range smartphone... Full review
Pocket-lint

A smartphone with enhanced camera features

from Pocket-lint

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom feels like an echo of the earlier Galaxy S4 Zoom, albeit with some welcome improvements such as snappy autofocus and a better screen. However our sentiments remain much the same as before: as a smartphone there's a limited audience for this product in our view.

Which might sound at odds with the various positives we can reel off about this phone. It's fast in use, really powerful and opens the door to quickly sharing images via Wi-Fi or 3G/4G (the latter only if you have a microSIM and credit/contract). The 24-240mm equivalent lens and 20.7-megapixel sen... Full review

GSMArena

Camera software has been greatly simplified with fun features added

from GSMArena

While the image quality you get out of a flagship phone is comparable, the K zoom has the distinct advantage of 10x optical zoom, along with 20x without too much loss in quality. Low light photography at night or in a club is actually possible - the xenon flash produces proper-looking shots instead of the murky photos of an LED-packing smartphone.

Even better, Samsung improved the Galaxy K zoom to the point where it's actually a good midrange phone. When the Galaxy S4 zoom came out last year it was woefully undeserving of the S4 name. The K zoom carefully omits the premium suffix... Full review

PhoneArena

One of the best phones for pictures and video recording

from PhoneArena

One chief cause for concern with a phone that carries 10x optical zoom lens, is a potentially bulky chassis, and unfortunately the Galaxy K zoom is not an exception. It's still as butch and hefty as its predecessor, yet the dimensions are bearable, especially if you are used to carrying large handsets. With that caveat aside, knowing that you have 10x optical zoom in your pocket at all times is a very strong incentive for photo enthusiasts to get the handset, as no amount of “lossless zoom” can near the tricks you can do with Samsung's hybrid device. Discounting the lack of 4K a... Full review


Samsung galaxy K zoom: an exceptional budgeted smartphone

I love this phone. Samsung galaxy k zoom is a perfect option for gadget lovers as well as for those who want to have the most latest and advanced smartphone that can act as a compact camera too whenever required. I bought this phone after checking all specification at Samsung India site and now I am... More
I love this phone. Samsung galaxy k zoom is a perfect option for gadget lovers as well as for those who want to have the most latest and advanced smartphone that can act as a compact camera too whenever required. I bought this phone after checking all specification at Samsung India site and now I am very happy with this features. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date May 31, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/2100/800/850 /900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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Processor ARM Cortex-A15 & Cortex-A7 Hexa core 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.46 W/kg
Body: 0.88 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2430 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 660 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 540 minutes
3G Surfing Time 420 minutes
4G Surfing Time 420 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
840 minutes (2G)
840 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Charcoal Black, Electric Blue, Shimmery White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 7.1 x 1.7 cm
(5.4 x 2.8 x 0.7 in)
Weight 200 grams
(7.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 306 pixels
Size 4.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 20+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 10x optical
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Exposure compensation, HDR, Scenes
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-C115

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