We were expecting the Galaxy S5 Zoom, but instead Samsung have unveiled a new camera smartphone branded the Galaxy K Zoom.
The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom has a camera that stands up to dedicated digital cameras and a specification on par with the current crop of mid-range Android smartphones.
It's 20.7 mega-pixel camera has a 10x optical zoom, a Xenon flash and a 1 / 2.3 CMOS sensor, The snapper features optical-image-stabilisation and can record full 1080p video at 60fps, but sadly you won't be able to capture 4K video and, unlike the Galaxy S5, it isn't waterproof.
The Galaxy K Zoom has a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, is powered by a hexa-core processor, made up of a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and a 1.7 Ghz dual-core processor, and has 2GB of RAM. For video calling Samsung have included a front-facing 2 mega-pixel snapper.
The Android KitKat (4.4) powered smartphone has 8GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded by another 64GB using microSD cards. It comes with a 2430mAh battery and supports WiFi, 4G LTE, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.
"The Galaxy K Zoom has a range of features that mean they can effortlessly take and share those photos and with the convenience of a Galaxy smartphone.”
One standout feature is the new 'Selfie Alarm'. Once selected you can pick a frame where you'd like your face to appear and the smartphone will automatically take 3 snaps when you are in the right place. While, Samsung have also included a toned-down version of the Galaxy S5's S Health app.
The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom will initially launch in Singapore, but a wider launch (including the UK) will be announced in due course - along with the relevant prices and release dates.
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