Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

7.3/10 AVG.
RATING

Specs summary

Screen
4.8"

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

Processor
1.7 GHz

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).



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...

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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 adding powerful features to a handset. Therefore, the K-Zoom will be a hard sell as it occupies an odd middle ground. It has the functions of a solid Samsung smartphone and the features of a decent digital snapper, if only it chose the design aesthetic of the former. 

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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 a...More

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.

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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...More

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 idea of lugging a 10x zoom lens in your pocket is bound to create discomfort. Samsung could have gone for a larger sensor that would have taken much better low light stills, and also could have gone for a higher end processor that supports 4K, but their unwillingness to do so, at least in this iteration, is indicative of the product’s positioning in the market. The K zoom is still a very good camera to carry around in your pocket, if you don’t mind the occasionally slow shutter actuation, the average battery life and the mid-range specifications. It’s within reach for most cameraphone enthusiasts and we’d say Samsung is “almost there” with the usability of this concept. May be the next one would be more innovative?

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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 z...More

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 Galaxy K Zoom will make a very good camera phone, provided you're willing to sacrifice a slim profile for the optical zoom.

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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)...

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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 smartphone, and a rather capable one at that, being able to handle most of today’s tasks without a problem. Is it a camera? It surely is, and a good one at that. Who would buy it? The person who doesn’t care about added bulk, is not a spec-head (but rather a casual smartphone user), is relatively light on using the phone, and cares a lot about his or her on-the-go photography.

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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...

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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 flagship devices like the Lumia 1020, Lumia 930, Xperia Z2 and S5 can perform nearly as well, but some of the aforementioned are more expensive. 

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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&rs...More

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.

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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 sensor holds up about as well as a dedicated equivalent compact, despite some limitations to image quality overall, while the various shooting modes mean you can be point-and-shoot snapper or more considered manual meticulist...

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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 sensor holds up about as well as a dedicated equivalent compact, despite some limitations to image quality overall, while the various shooting modes mean you can be point-and-shoot snapper or more considered manual meticulist.

So what's the problem? It's down to the design and physical size. Holding a camera up to your ear just feels like a bum note. If you're going to fork out £400 on a smartphone of this scale in this day and age then you need fat pockets - and we don't just mean deep ones to cover the asking price, they need to be wide too. 

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GSMArena

Camera software has been greatly simplified with fun features added

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...

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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 but it has a good screen, up-to-date software and a fast chipset, along with great connectivity.

Still, there are comparable phones you can buy for less, leaving you enough cash to buy a point-and-shoot camera. So the key question is whether you can use the Galaxy K zoom as a daily driver. It's much thicker than any smartphone out there, plus it's fairly heavy even if it feels okay in the hand.

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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 abilities, the Galaxy K zoom can also be considered one of the best phones for video recording, as OIS and 60fps footage stack on top of the optical zoom lens...

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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 abilities, the Galaxy K zoom can also be considered one of the best phones for video recording, as OIS and 60fps footage stack on top of the optical zoom lens.

If you have no need for the optical zoom, though, the difference in picture quality with the current Android flagships doesn't warrant the purchase of the K zoom. This fact, together with the phone's bulk, make it more of a niche device, suitable for photogs, or for a second phone you would use when on vacation, rather than a daily driver.

One Galaxy K zoom alternative is last year's S4 Zoom, which also offers 10x optical magnification, and similar image quality for about $200 less, but is underpowered in comparison. If you can live without the zoom lens, then you can grab the Xperia Z2, which also has a 20 MP camera, or Samsung's own Galaxy S5. Both are much thinner and lighter than the K zoom, plus they take pictures with close quality. For an optically-stabilized camera, albeit with lower 13 MP resolution, you can check out the LG G2 and the excellent G3, or venture outside the Android world, where the Nokia Lumia 1020, and its large 41 MP camera sensor, will try to lure you away, even offering lossless zoom thanks to the huge resolution . 

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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 very happy with this features.
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 Kindom, 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 Type 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)
Battery Capacity 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 840 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 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
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 No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
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 Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, 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
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot 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 Wallett 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, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
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
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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