Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is announced with 2.3X zoom camera and iPhone-like Portrait mode


When it comes to dual cameras on smartphones, they come in many flavors. Some are there to give the photographer a greater field of view through a wider lens, others are used to add a background blur effect for stunning close-ups, some even shoot in black and white. The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, however, takes a different approach – an approach seemingly inspired by a phone we're all familiar with. 

By now it should be clear that the highlight of the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is its camera. On its back we have a 12MP main camera paired with a secondary 12MP shooter sporting a 2.3X zoom lens. You know, kind of what the iPhone 7 Plus stands out with. And that's okay. The iPhone's approach to zooming is practical and efficient, so we have nothing against others trying to emulate it. Asus even goes as far as to include a Portrait Mode, adding a "natural depth of field" to the image, but the feature is coming at a later time via a software update. 

Cameras aside, the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is shaping up as a well-rounded mid-range Android handset. Key selling points include its 5.5-inch AMOLED display, the rear-positioned fingerprint scanner, and the metal construction treated to a stylish finish. But the huge, 5000mAh battery is what we're most impressed by. In comparison, that's about 40% more charge capacity compared to what a Galaxy S7 edge can hold. 

Here's a more in-depth look at the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom specs known so far:

Display5.5-inch 1080x1920 AMOLED, 500 nits of brightness, Gorilla Glass 5
Size and weight6 ounces (170 grams), 0.31 inches (7.99mm) thick at the slimmest edge
Processor chipSnapdragon 625 SoC, 14nm, up to 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
Main camera12MP with F1.7 aperture, Sony IMX362 sensor, 1.4um pixels, dual-pixel phase detection, laser autofocus, object tracking, 4-axis OIS, 3-axis EIS, Manual controls, RAW support*
Secondary camera12MP with 2.3X optical zoom, 59mm focal length, Portrait Mode*
Selfie camera13MP, F2.0 aperture, Sony IMX214 sensor
Battery5,000mAh battery cell, 6.4 hours of 4K video recording or 42 days of stand-by
SoftwareAndroid 6 Marshmallow with custom Zen UI (Update to Android 7 Nougat coming later this year)
Fingerprint scannerYes, at the back
ColorsBlack, Silver, Rose Gold

*Will be available after a software update

The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is scheduled to launch in February of 2017. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but knowing Asus, we have a feeling that the figure will be aggressively set. 

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ZenFone 3 Zoom
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh(48h 3G talk time)

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13 Comments

1. raerae

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Announced today. But they say should be available in February. Will hit the shelves in my country maybe sometimes in August. The same case goes to the Zenfone 3 deluxe.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or probably one year later... just like zenfone zoom

2. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I look forward to seeing this phone in action. I prefer traditional optical zoom on camera phones which Samsung managed to do with their clamshell phones back in the early to mid 2000s. I had one and it worked really well. I wonder where Sony is on their compact optical zoom camera system using fluid like system. It sounded interesting at the time but it was probably too complex.

4. Furbal unregistered

Looks like a killer midrange if they keep bloat down. That f stop and pixel size should be interesting too.

3. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

"The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, however, takes a different approach – an approach seemingly inspired by a phone we're all familiar with. " Bwahaha, typical delusional iTard claim.

5. yalokiy

Posts: 1012; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Amazing specs, let's see the camera in action, hope it's at least as good as samsung S7's !

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's hard to get excited about a device launching with Marshmellow 6 months after Nougat came out. Asus isn't exactly known for speedy updates either.

9. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

That 5000mah battery though! o_o

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but "0.31 inches (7.99mm) thick at the slimmest edge" slimmest edge? it isnt really clear about this part :-/ hope it's actually mean 7.99mm on thickest point

10. dimas

Posts: 3374; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Might just be nitpicking but I think placing cameras at the top left corner should be dumped. I know they want to make their phones look like iphones but it's too impractical if you always have to be conscious that your fingers will cover them while shooting landscape.

12. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

This might actually be the best camera smartphone. Considering it has everything Samsung S7 series has n it has 2.3x zoom as well. Quite good. Hope the price is around 400$ at most.

15. SailfishOS

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

Its impossible for phonearena's admins to stop comparing everything to Iphones. I'm done

16. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

did they back-light the keys yet?

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