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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom available to pre-order now for £400


Samsung Galaxy K zoom

Samsung's UK website now lists the Galaxy K Zoom as being available for pre-order, and says the black and white models will ship on May 29, and the blue on June 13.

The K Zoom is Samsung latest compact camera that just happens to have a phone built in. It follows on from the Galaxy S4 Zoom of last year, but through better ergonomics aims to be a slightly more usable shape. The firm has also moved away from tying it to a specific phone equivalent, so it's not called the S5 K Zoom.

You get an improved screen too, it's 720x1280 now, which is well below a high-end smartphone, but an improvement over the S4 Zoom. There's also a weight reduction from 208g to 200g, which should help people carry it around everywhere. LTE support is also better, has faster maximum download speeds and works on more frequencies.

The 16-megapixel sensor of the S4 Zoom has been replaced by a 20.7-megapixel version here, so images should have more detail although it's possible low-light performance might be reduced as the sensor size hasn't changed.

The OS is KitKat, which is great news, you get 50GB of Dropbox storage and the 8GB of internal storage can be boosted to 64GB via a microSD card. For our money though, the big advantage of having a camera with a phone built in is putting pictures into you cloud storage as you shoot them.

Watch our Galaxy K Zoom hands-on video:

The 2430mAh battery is a mild concern, as it seems like a fairly small capacity for a phone that doubles as a camera. Perhaps that low resolution screen makes up for the difference, but we'll let you know how it all stacks up when we get one in for review.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review: First Impressions

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Person chap

May 23, 2014, 12:58 am

No thanks. I'm sick to death of phones that die at 7pm after moderate use. I have a lenovo P780 5" phone with 4,000mAh battery and it lasts 1.5 - 2 days of moderate use. Lenovo power management really stretches the battery life even longer. I'm backpacking and on occasions where I got stuck away from my accomodation, it was no problem, I was able to get another day's use out of the phone - long enough to find a charger.

I would like something with a better camera, but I'd rather wait until a phone with as big a battery comes along. A phone with flat battery takes no pictures at all.

Steve Forbes

May 23, 2014, 10:14 am

This has a removeable battery, so just buy a couple of spares and you effectively have an everlasting power supply.


May 24, 2014, 1:16 pm

You might want to take a look at the Sony Xperia Z2. It has a 3200 mAh battery, which may not seem like much compared to your Lenovo, but it lasts up to around 4 days according to GSM Arena's battery tests. Have a look here: www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z...
The Z2 also has a 20.7 MP camera, 3 GB ram and the Snapdragon 801 chip. I honestly think it's the best phone this year.

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