Samsung has been quite a household name in the mobile business for quite some time now. And that has been made possible with the company getting into all the three domains of the mobile market: the low-end section, the mid-range and the high-end range.
Not getting too much into the entire market ecosystem for the time being, Samsung has been catering to a host of users for a long time, and more recently with its new Samsung Galaxy S5. However, another device that's soon to arrive from Samsung is the Galaxy K zoom.
To recap you on the specs of the device, the Galaxy K zoom comes with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display offering an HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It is powered by Hexa-Core (1.7 GHz Dual Core + 1.3 GHz Quad Core) Exynos (5260) processor and Mali-T624 GPU coupled with 2GB RAM. Obviously, the device comes loaded with Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS with the latest Samsung Touchwiz UX.
This camera-centric handset uses a 20.7MP rear camera with Xenon Flash, BSI Sensor, OIS and 10x optical zoom. It is capable of shooting 1080p video at 60 fps. Moreover, the copmany has also used a 2MP front-facing shooter to offer video calling and taking selfies. It has AF/AE Separation (Auto Focus/ Auto Exposure Separation), Pro Suggest with 5 optimized filter settings, Selfie Alarm to take timed selfies, object tracing and more. Native storage seats at 8GB and it is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card.
The South Korean smartphone maker has also employed a wide range of connectivity options in this device which include 4G LTE/3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth v4.0 LE, aGPS + GLONASS and NFC.
Lastly the Galaxy K zoom draws its energy from a 2,430mAh battery.
But while all that sounds impressive, which do you think are the potential rivals for the Samsung Galaxy K zoom? Here are the top 5 choices.
HTC One (M8)
The HTC One M8 has also been recently launched with a lot of expectations from HTC. The HTC One M8 comes with a 5.0-inch display offering a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and it features a Corning Gorilla glass 3 protection as well. Apart from the Quad Core processor Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5 GHz, the phone also comes with Adreno 330 GPU coupled with 2 GB RAM.
In terms of OS, it runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) layered with the company's proprietary Sense 6.0 UI. Imaging is a primary factor for all HTC devices, and this time also the company has chosen the UltraPixel primary rear camera with dual LED Flash, BSI Sensor,F/2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens.
In fact, there are two rear cameras installed in the handset this time. The secondary rear camera helps to capture depth information of the subject. At the front there is a 5 MP front-facing shooter capable of taking great selfies and making video calls. The rear camera is capable of shooting Full HD (1080p) video with HDR mode as well.
The handset comes with a native storage capacity of 16GB and it is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card slot. HTC One (M8) comes with 4G LTE support and other connectivity option remain standard with the inclusion of 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec, NFC and GPS with GLONASS.
You will also find MHL support in the device. The phone supports only nano SIM. The smartphone which measures 9.35 mm thick and weighs 160 grams comes powered with 2600 mAh battery.
Sony Xperia Z2
The Sony Xperia Z2, the successor to the original Xperia Z1, features a 5.2-inch "Triluminos" display at 1080p. The device runs on a 2.26 GHz MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 processor. The Android 4.4 Kitkat powered device offers a 3GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of ROM, and a powerful 3200 mAh battery under the hood.
On the camera front, the handset comes with a 20.7-megapixel camera with 4K video recording capabilities, alongside a 2MP front-facing camera. Moreover, the Xperia Z2 is also IP55 and IP58 certified, making the device rugged in nature (water and dustproof).
Samsung Galaxy S5
Although from the same manufacturer, the Galaxy S5 will still pose a major threat for the new K zoom.
The Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display offering a Full HD resolution and churns out the pixel density of 432 ppi.
It is powered by Octa Core Processor Adonis Prime2 (Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) + XMM6360 coupled with 2GB of RAM and runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 OS with the layer of the upgraded version of the TouchWiz UI including a new notification bar.
The camera which Samsung has used in this phone is something that can be easily considered as one of the best as it features a mechanism which allows the users to auto focus the subject in less than 0.3 seconds which means that you can also shoot moving objects with ease. There is a 2MP front-facing shooter which is enough for taking selfies and making video calls.
Moreover, the Galaxy S5 will be offered in two variants depending on the internal storage capacity i.e. 16GB or 32GB with a microSD card support (128GB). It uses (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) 2x2 MIMO, USB3.0, BT 4.0(LE) connectivity options.
The smartphone is IP67 certified which means that the Galaxy S5 is resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust, so that your phone will protected from any activity or situation. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S5 is powered by 2,800mAh battery also comes with a Power Saving Mode.
LG G Pro 2
LG's G Pro 2 is the newest entry in the market, with LG also looking for a bigger a presence in the market via the device.
The LG G Pro 2 comes packed with an exciting 5.9 inch full HD (1920x1080pixels) IPS Display. The device boasts a 3.3 mm narrow bezel that maximizes the display area for an immersive, edge to edge viewing.
The LG G Pro 2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.26 GHz Quad-Core) and ADRENO 330 GPU coupled with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS. The device's 13 MP OIS Plus Camera offers clear and bright imagery using Optical Image Stabilization plus technology.
Other advanced camera features include 120fps HD video, slow motion video, the 4K Ultra HD recording that allows footage to be recorded in a resolution of 3840 pixels x 2160 lines. It has 2.1 MP front-facing shooter. The smartphone comes in 16GB and 32GB internal storage variants.
You will also find a microSD card slot in the device which can take up to 64GB additional storage. There are connectivity options like Bluetooth Smart Ready (BT4.0) USB, Wi-Fi, NFC and SlimPort and 3G/HSPA+ Network. LG G Pro 2, which is already available in India comes in two color variants viz. White and Titan Black. It is powered by a 3,200 mAh removable Battery.
Nokia Lumia 930
The Lumia 930 is one of the devices that also pose a major threat to all others in the list with its major camera offering.
The device has a 5-inch Full HD True Black ClearBlack display having a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Under the hood, the device is powered by a 2.2Ghz quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC , backed by 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and 7GB of Microsoft's OneDrive Cloud storage. Unfortunately, the handset lacks a microSD card slot.
The 4G LTE capable phone also packs a 20-megapixel PureView with built-in OIS feature and a secondary 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. Additionally, the makers have added a 2,420mAh battery fitted inside. There are also four microphones built into device for superb sound experience. The Lumia 930 measures 137 x 71 x 9.8 mm and weighs 167 grams.