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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom: A Smartphone/Camera Hybrid

Samsung takes the wraps off its newest smartphone/camera hybrid, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom: A Smartphone/Camera Hybrid
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The K stands for "Kamera."

This is Samsung's Galaxy K Zoom, a smartphone/camera hybrid that sports a 20.7 megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom. (Via Samsung Mobile)

Aside from the outrageously large, outrageously megapixel-packed camera, the phone has all the usual fixin's: a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 4.8-inch screen, 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal memory, and your typical sensors — accelerometer, proximity sensor, etc. (Via Samsung Mobile)

For those of you who aren't so interested in the techie mumbo-jumbo, Re/code notes the phone has some software features you'll be interested in — especially for you selfie snappers.

"On the software side, the Galaxy K includes a 'selfie alarm' that lets users take timed self-portraits using the main camera and a 'pro suggest' mode that suggests five filter settings that could work well with a given shot."

Although it packs in a lot of the same tech you'd find in many smartphones on the market, Samsung's senior vice president tells CNET this device is something totally different. 

"The K Zoom is not just a camera. It's not just a smartphone. It's a camera-specialized smartphone and is a totally new category that you've never seen before. It's a world's first in the industry."

But a writer for Business Insider, isn't sold on the idea, initially calling the device "pretty gimmicky," saying it's not quite worth the extra lump of plastic and metal to have a premium camera. 

And yet, Pete Pachal of Mashable says the device "walks the line between phone and camera better than anything [he's] seen before," ​and even goes as far as to say "when you're using it as a phone, you'll forget it's a camera, too."

But conflicting opinions across the tech-blogosphere are nothing new. Samsung is set to release the device overseas later this summer, no word on whether it'll make its way to the U.S. Maybe we'll never know if it's too bulky or just right.