By Tom Noda
Samsung Electronics has officially launched in the Philippines its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy K Zoom, which is touted as an professional-quality camera with smartphone features.
With a mammoth 20.7 mega-pixel (MP) rear camera equipped with new retracting lens technology that provides 10x optical zoom, the new device features Pro Suggest Mode which offers live optimized filter settings.
Other professional camera functions include AF/AE Separation (Auto Focus/ Auto Exposure Separation) for precise balance of light and clarity.
The Galaxy X Zoom also has a Selfie Alarm that is perfectly appropriate for Filipino users with the Philippines being the “Selfie Capital of the World.” The alarm allows users to take timed selfies with ease, and object tracking for a clear and focused shot of a moving subject.
Candy delos Santos, Samsung digital imaging product lead, said Samsung came up with Galaxy K Zoom to fill in the need of consumers who have made taking and sharing of photos a part of their daily lives.
“There are still photography needs that consumers want to get out of their smartphones, and with their smartphone camera,” she said. “This is the very reason why we are introducing the Galaxy K zoom to meet the discerning demands of our consumers.”
Priced at P24,990, Galaxy X Zoom is an Android-based LTE smartphone with 4.8-inch display. It is now available in all Samsung authorized dealers nationwide.
Samsung Philippines digital imaging head Eric Sulit highlighted the rear camera’s BSI CMOS sensor that excels in low-light conditions and provides Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to reduce blur for crisp and sharp pictures and video (Full HD) even when zoomed and in low light.
Also, the device?s Xenon Flash is said to provide a brighter light than a regular smartphone?s LED flash to improve the quality of the image with natural brilliance.
Other on-demand smartphone features of the Galaxy K Zoom include Power Saving Mode for minimizing the battery consumption, S Health Lite for personalized fitness and lifestyle coaching, and a Studio app to allow users to easily edit their pictures and videos.
Cat4, HSPA+ 42Mbps
4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED Display (1280×720)
Hexa core: 1.3GHz Quad-Core + 1.7GHz Dual-Core Processor
Android 4.4 (Kitkat)
Main(Rear): 20.7 Mega pixel 1/2.3 BSI CMOS Sensor, 10x Optical Zoom, OIS,
AF Assist LED
Sub(Front): 2.0 Mega pixel
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Continuous Shot: 3fps MAX with AF
Format: JPEG, PNG, GIF, WBMP, BMP, AGIF
Smart Mode, Expert Mode (P/M), My Mode
Recording & Playback: Full HD (1920×1080 /60p)
Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC?/eAAC?, WMA, OGG (Vorbis), FLAC
Format : MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
? Value-Added Features
Smart Mode (28): Auto, Pro Suggest, Program, Beauty face, Shot & more, Panorama, Virtual tour, Rich tone, Night, Continuous shot, Selfie alarm, Manual, Kids shot, Landscape, Dawn, Snow, Macro, Food, Party/Indoor, Action freeze, Waterfall, Animated photo, Sound & shot, Surround shot, Silhouette, Sunset, Fireworks, Light Trace, AF/AE Separation, Object tracking, Studio, Smile/ Blink detection Ultra Power Saving Mode, Kids mode, S Health Lite
? Google Mobile Services
Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, HT40,
Bluetooth: 4.0 BLE
A-GPS + GLONASS
Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor
Internal Memory: 8GB
microSD slot: micro SDSC (up to 2GB guaranteed), micro SDHC (up to 32GB guaranteed), micro SDXC (up to 64GB guaranteed)
137.5X70.8X16.6 (20.2) mm, 200g