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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom vs Samsung Galaxy S5

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 9 comments

Looking at Samsung's 2014 Galaxy phones side-by-side.

Samsung today announced the newest addition to the Galaxy family, the Galaxy K. This phone is most definitely a follow on to the Galaxy Camera. But while the Galaxy S4 Zoom was definitely a modified Galaxy S4, the Galaxy K Zoom (the 'K' stands for 'kamera'), is not all that similar to this year's flagship Galaxy S5. The device uses a different processor, has a fraction of the storage, wildly different camera hardware (obviously), a smaller screen, a smaller battery, a smaller (and lower resolution) display, and a heavier overall package. Check out our side-by-side comparison for the full breakdown on how these 2014 Samsung devices differ from each other in terms of hardware.

Spec
Galaxy S5
Galaxy K Zoom

Operating System
Android 4.4.2
Android 4.4.2
Custom UI
TouchWiz
TouchWiz
Screen
5.1-inch Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 pixels, 432 ppi4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720 x 1280 pixels, 306 ppi
Chipset
Snapdragon 801
Exynos 5260
CPU
Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400A quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 coupled with a dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15
GPU
Adreno 330
Mali-T624
RAM
2 GB
2 GB
Storage
16 GB or 32 GB
8 GB
Removable Storage
MicroSD (up to 128 GB)
Micro SD (up to 64 GB)
Camera
16-megapixel (5312 x 2988) lens with phase detection autofocus, and LED flash, as well as a 2.1-megapixel camera in front.
20.7-megapixel (5248 х 3936) lens with auto/manual focus and 10x optical zoom (24-240mm) as well as optical image stabilization, and Xenon and LED flash. There's also a 2-megapixel lens up front.
Connectivity
HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps up, 150 Mbps down; GPRS; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, DLNA, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.0; NFC; and MicroUSB.
HSDPA, 42 Mbps, HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps up, 150 Mbps down; GPRS; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, DLNA, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.0; NFC; and MicroUSB.
Battery
Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery
Li-Ion 2430 mAh battery
Dimensions
142 mm (5.6 in) H
72.5 mm (2.85 in) W
8.1 mm (0.32 in) D
149 g / 5.1 oz
137.5 mm (5.41 in) H
70.8 (2.79 in) W
 16.6 mm (0.65 in) D
200g / 5.7 oz
Price
$649 off contract
Not Yet Available

The Galaxy K Zoom is interesting in that it's not trying to be the Galaxy S5 with a beefed up camera. Instead, it represents a totally different type of smartphone, one that hopes to compete with the likes of the Lumia 1020 and is aimed directly at the snap-happy photo enthusiast (we stop short of saying photographers, because not a lot of photographers would give up their DSLR for a point-and-shoot). Samsung hasn't felt the need to cram the highest of high-end specs into this device. At this point, smartphone technology has progressed to the point where you don't need to have the fastest or the biggest phone on the market. Though every company likes to have their flagship, devices like the Moto G and the Nexus 5 are showing us that customers are more than happy if you give them decent specs with a reasonable price. Finding that balance can be difficult, especially when you add the fact that Samsung's Galaxy K Zoom is a niche device on top of that. Sammy hasn't mentioned pricing for the Galaxy K Zoom, so we'll reserve judgement until we hear the magic number, but we're hoping this one is a good value. 

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    anthony8989 , April 29, 2014 9:52 PM
    Lol Sammy
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    JOSHSKORN , April 29, 2014 10:16 PM
    I would be completely happy if the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 had a K version, but it has to be equal in screen size and just as or maybe even slightly more powerful. I'm also assuming it'll be better than the Galaxy S5, as well.
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    MANOFKRYPTONAK , April 30, 2014 3:08 AM
    Why would you have less storage with larger pic size? I have a 64gb phone and use it for lab pictures and recording lectures. I hope there comes a 128gb soon. But this camera could be nice for histology and microbiology pics :D 
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    torbendalum , April 30, 2014 4:21 AM
    the article say "Galaxy S4 Zoom was definitely a modified Galaxy S4" the is wrong it was a modified S4 mini, a very different phone.
    Alsto there is no such ting as a 64GB limit, the three limits are
    1. SD 2GB
    2. SDHC 32GB
    3. SDXC 2TB
    the reasomn they write those limits are so thy wont get sued by some stupid costomer that expects he can buy a 2TB sd card for his phone if they write it. Therefore they usually just write the biggest available at the time.
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    icemunk , April 30, 2014 5:10 AM
    Quote:
    Why would you have less storage with larger pic size? I have a 64gb phone and use it for lab pictures and recording lectures. I hope there comes a 128gb soon. But this camera could be nice for histology and microbiology pics :D 


    Because of the micro-sd slot.
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    teh_chem , April 30, 2014 8:56 AM
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    Instead, it represents a totally different type of smartphone, one that hopes to compete with the likes of the Lumia 1020

    I shudder to think that a giant clunky compound lens fixture slapped onto a gimped smartphone is going to compete with a sleek design like the lumia 1020. I haven't jumped from android to windows, but between the two, I'd take the lumia any day of the week vs. this thing.
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    nukemaster , April 30, 2014 6:11 PM
    Quote:
    the article say "Galaxy S4 Zoom was definitely a modified Galaxy S4" the is wrong it was a modified S4 mini, a very different phone.
    Alsto there is no such ting as a 64GB limit, the three limits are
    1. SD 2GB
    2. SDHC 32GB
    3. SDXC 2TB
    the reasomn they write those limits are so thy wont get sued by some stupid costomer that expects he can buy a 2TB sd card for his phone if they write it. Therefore they usually just write the biggest available at the time.

    While hard to find 4gigabyte SD cards DID exist as part of the standard(but some devices did not read them). This was just before SDHC came out.

    So this device may well not like larger cards.
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    amuffin , April 30, 2014 8:16 PM
    Of course there is no mention of sensor size...
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    pckitty4427 , May 1, 2014 4:09 AM
    Quote:
    Of course there is no mention of sensor size...


    It's 1/2.3" if you were wondering.
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