On first glance, one might think there are not many differences between the two handsets.
When they are placed side by side, they are almost identical. That is, if you look at the front side only. Flip the devices and the difference is obvious, as the K Zoom features a digital camera on the back. There are other differences between the handsets, making the decision which one to choose that much harder. Of course, if it comes down to preferences, you can never go wrong with a powerful camera.
Design and Display
We mentioned that the K Zoom features a digital camera on the back of the device. Samsung has produced another hybrid, trying to bring camera quality optics in a mobile sized frame device. The camera on the back is the signature point of the design of the K Zoom. Aside from that fact, there are not many differences in the design, as both phones follow the lines and principles of the Galaxy S3, the first of the curvier handsets Samsung produced. Additionally, both the K Zoom and the S3 Neo feature a 4.8 inch screen display and a resolution of 720x1280pixels. Due to the “camera” on the back, the K Zoom is a bulkier and heavier device. For example, the thickness of the device jumps up to 16.6, while the S3 Neo offers dimensions of 137x71x8.6. The weight of the K Zoom is also affected by the camera, and the handset weighs 200 grams. Compare this to the 132 grams of the S3 Neo, and the difference is obvious.
Hardware and Operating System
Samsung uses a rather unconventional approach with the specs of the K Zoom. The company has clearly bumped the performance of the device, compared to the predecessor (S4 Zoom) and has reached the level of the flagship devices. The processor found in the K Zoom is a hexacore Exynos 5, a processor manufactured by Samsung. The processor is composed of two separate processors, one of which is a quad core clocked at 1.3GHz and the other is a dual core clocked at 1.75GHz. The device also features 2GB RAM and 8GB onboard storage. Luckily, since the photos taken by the camera are huge, and eat up the memory space rather quickly, Samsung has provided the K Zoom with a slot for microSD card for additional 64GB memory space. The S3 Neo, on the other hand, comes with a Snapdragon 400 quad core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. Other specs include 1.5GB RAM and 16GB built in memory storage. The S3 Neo also supports external storage, and users can add up to 64GB memory space.
The downside of the S3 Neo is the OS. The device is still stuck with the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The K Zoom runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat, and benefits from the improvements in the OS. The K Zoom comes with NFC and 4G connectivity, while the S3 Neo doesn’t support 4G network.
We mentioned that the K Zoom is a hybrid, a phone and a camera all in one. Equipped with a 20.7MP sensor on the back, optical image stabilization and LED flash, the K Zoom aims to replace your digital camera. On the front, the K Zoom is equipped with a 2-MP sensor. The S3 Neo, on the other hand, comes with a standard 8-MP camera on the back and a 1.9-MP shooter on the front of the device.
The 2100 mAh battery found in the S3 Neo delivers 15 hours of talk time. The K Zoom, on the other hand, has a 2430 mAh battery that delivers 14 hours of talk time.
For $500, you can get a digital camera and a smartphone. At least that is the selling point of the K Zoom. The S3 Neo is priced at $380, making it the cheaper option of the two.