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.
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.