The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is a smartphone-camera hybrid aimed at selfie aficionados looking to up their self-portrait game. Smartphone photography has become the norm, but digital cameras still hold first place when it comes to zoom capabilities and, more often than not, image quality. Samsung has moved to change that, by introducing a smartphone with a rear-facing camera featuring an optical zoom lens.
The Galaxy K Zoom sports a 20.7-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 10x optical zoom, and a Xenon Flash. The Galaxy K Zoom will also record video in full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60fps. While the rival Nokia Lumia 1020 boasts a 41-megapixel sensor as well as a slimmer design, it certainly doesn’t match the Samsung Galaxy K in optical zoom.
Similar to a digital camera, the Galaxy K Zoom will include Auto Focus and Auto Exposure Separation, enabling users to strike a balance between focus and exposure, according to Samsung. The Galaxy maker designed this device for selfie enthusiasts by including a new feature called Selfie Alarm, which lets users take timed selfies. The Selfie Alarm function also incorporates object tracing, which will alert the user once their face is in the frame and focused.
As a smartphone, the Galaxy K Zoom will have a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen with 1280 x 720 resolution, Android 4.4 KitKat, a hexacore processor consisting of a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, 2GB RAM, expandable memory up to 64GB, and NFC capabilities. The front-facing “smartphone side” of the device will somewhat resemble the Galaxy S flagship smartphone, but the backside is all camera, where users will find the zoom lens encased in a plastic grey shell. It will weigh around .43 pounds and measure .80 inches thick.
The device will be available starting this May, but there is no word yet on pricing or availability in the US.