Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is the monster-camera version of Samsung's standard Galaxy S5. Here we look at what else has changed, plus the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom release date, price and specs.  We're hoping to hear more details and get a hands-on at tonight's Samsung Galaxy Premiere event. Follow our Samsung Galaxy Premiere live stream for full details. Also check out what's to come from the other S5 variants: the Galaxy S5 mini, the Galaxy S5 Prime, and the Galaxy S5 Active

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom: release date in the UK

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is available to pre-order now, and will ship on the 29 May if bought SIM-free through Samsung, or within the second week of June when purchased on a contract via the Carphone Warehouse. Also see: 27 best smartphones 2014

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom: price in the UK

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

You can pre-order the K Zoom through the Carphone Warehouse now, with the handset available free with a £28 per month contract. Alternatively, a SIM-free version costs £400 from Samsung's e-store. Also see: Samsung Galaxy S5 review

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom: Video

Samsung has unveiled this introduction video of its Samsung Galaxy K Zoom smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom: Camera 

Like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, the new Galaxy K zoom is hybrid device, melding an Android smartphone with the bigger lens of point-and-shoot camera. The handset has a camera with a 10x optical zoom in the back, using a 20.7Mp backside-illuminated CMOS sensor for better low-light picture taking.

Auto focus functions, filter settings, and object tracking are among the additional features built into the device, along with a so-called 'Selfie Alarm'. The Galaxy K also comes with a front-facing 2Mp camera. In terms of video shooting, the phone can record at a 1920x1080 full-HD resolution at 60fps.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom camera

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom: Design and specification

Outside of its camera functions, the Galaxy K has a similar look to Samsung's latest flagship phone the Galaxy S5, and has a textured back. The Galaxy K, however, has a smaller display at 4.8in, with a resolution of only 1280x720.

The phone doesn't have the fingerprint sensor found in Galaxy S5, but it does feature the same Ultra Power Saving Mode to help prolong battery life.

Inside the handset is a Samsung 'hexacore' chip that uses both 1.3GHz quad-core and 1.7GHz dual-core processors. The phone has 2GB of RAM and only 8GB of internal storage, but there's a microSD slot for expansion.

As a hybrid device, the phone still retains much of the thickness of last year's Galaxy S4 Zoom, bulging at 20.2 mm. But the phone weighs 8g less at 200g.