A mind-boggling software support decision, if it pans out, given the striking hardware similarities between the two handhelds and Note 3 Neo’s slightly more advanced age.
In theory, Android updates should be dictated solely by a gadget’s ability to smoothly run a new OS build and reap palpable UI benefits off the “modernization” effort. But who are we kidding? In the real world, other variables frequently come into play.
Like mainstream popularity. So what if the Galaxy K Zoom is young and potent enough to handle Lollipop goodies with fluency and grace? Samsung probably doesn’t deem the phone – camera hybrid’s sales numbers satisfactory, ergo prematurely shutting down “home improvement” work.
It’s a cruel move as far as the 4.8-inch mongrel’s owners are concerned, but unfortunately, that’s the treatment you often get in the mobile landscape when you’re in a (very small) minority.
Meanwhile, Galaxy Note 3 Neo’s Android 5.0 weapons look locked and loaded. Samsung UK can’t disclose a Lollipop rollout ETA, but “can confirm that the Note 3 Neo will be moving to Lollipop”… someday. The same regional branch of the industry leader dropped the ominous news of KitKat idleness on photography-skilled K Zoom users, despite perfect processor and RAM correlation.
That’s right, both the Note 3 Neo and K Zoom sport hexa-core Exynos 5260 power and 2 plentiful gigs of random-access memory. Plus, 5.5 and 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screens respectively with 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution producing a superior 306 ppi on the… K Zoom, of course.
Not to mention the 20.7 MP cam-toting bad boy saw daylight in June 2014, i.e. several months on the heels of Note 3 Neo’s commercial debut. Come on, Samsung, do the right thing, at least outside Great Britain, where Galaxy K Zoom’s fate seems sealed.