Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphone was launched in February 2017. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels, 1080p display is sharp and colourful. This is aimed at being a solid mid-to-high-end device overall that also happens to great photos with top-end camera specs.
The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, like the ZTE Blade V8 Pro and the Huawei Nova, but does pair it with 4GB of RAM, so performance should be good. and As far as the cameras are concerned, the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 13-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The horizontally mounted dual cameras have 12-megapixel sensors made by Sony. One has an excellent f/1.7 aperture, and the other has a 2.3x optical zoom. Add in a digital zoom and the total becomes a 12x zoom. For comparison, the iPhone 7 Plus has a 2x optical zoom. A quick test shows the 0.3x extra does get in closer to the subject without any quality loss.
The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom runs Android 6.0 and comes with Asus’ own ZenUI over the top. This substantially alters the Android experience over phones like the Google Pixel and the Nexus series, and may slow down version updates in the future and is powered by a 5000mAh non removable battery, with a battery that size, there’s every chance this could easily make it through two days without needing to be charged. The 5,000mAh battery should make it a stamina champ.
The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. On the back of the phone you’ll find a square fingerprint sensor, which seemed very fast to unlock and nearly 100% accurate. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
ASUS ZENFONE 3 ZOOM: FIRST IMPRESSIONS
As so much of this phone rests on its optical zoom toting camera, I can’t really make too many judgements on it without thoroughly testing it. But the camera specs sound strong, so I do have high hopes. That 5,000 mAh battery is another feature, and I’m wondering how long it could possibly last.
More focus needs to be put of the software though, and that could again me Asus’ downfall. The rest of the Zenfone 3 Zoom is a mixture of high-end and middle-of-the-road specs, so hopefully its pricing won’t be too high.