Samsung might have just sent the rumor mill on a frenzy by teasing a media event on the 29th of April in Singapore. Given the theme “Kapture the Moment”, it is now strongly believed that Samsung will be unveiling a new camera, or to be more exact, the new Galaxy K (S5) Zoom camera smartphone.
Taking a cue from its predecessor, it is believed that the Galaxy S5 will herald another batch of “spin off” devices bearing the flagship name. This naturally includes another “Zoom” device that bridges the worlds of a smartphone and camera more intimately than any smart camera in the market. As the Galaxy S5 is an improvement, though some might disagree, over the Galaxy S 4, so too is the Galaxy S5 Zoom expected to dwarf its predecessor, but only figuratively. This smarpthone shooter is expected to be considerably thinner than the previous generations, but it would be foolish to expect that it would reach smartphone levels of thinness. There will definitely still be a bump for the extensible lens.
Following the tradition of the previous generation, this Zoom variant will be less powerful than the flagship. Rumors have it powered by that odd six core Exynos chip, combining 1.7 GHz dual-core Cortex-A15’s and 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7’s, 2 GB of RAM and a Mali GPU. The display is a rather small 4.8-inch capable of a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. On the back you have the 20.2 megapixel camera with OIS technology, Xenon flash, and 10x optical zoom while users will be greeted with a 2.1 megapixel shooter on the front. Android 4.4.2 is expected to be driving the software on this camera smartphone.
Previous rumors have named the device as the Galaxy K Zoom, but it was expected that Samsung will switch it to the more normal name before launch. Given this teaser, however, it seems likely that Samsung will be retaining the “K” name or is just going along with the flow. Either way, Samsung has scheduled the media day to start at 11 AM on April 29, which would be around 11 PM on April 28 for those in the US east coast.