Asus ZenFone Zoom launches in the US this February: 3X optical zoom for $399.99

Asus ZenFone Zoom launches in the US this February: 3X optical zoom for $399.99
Not long after Asus released the ZenFone Zoom in Taiwan (its home country), the company is now getting ready to start selling the handset in the US. In case you're wondering, we're talking about the ZenFone Zoom that was announced one year ago, in January 2015 - it's not exactly flattering for Asus that it's only now managing to launch the device to North America.

The ZenFone Zoom is built around an aluminum frame, this giving it a more premium feel compared to the smartphones included in the Asus ZenFone 2 series (available in the US for quite some time now). The handset also comes with a textured leather back, and Asus seems to be implying that this is real leather.

The highlight feature of the ZenFone Zoom is its 13 MP rear camera with 3X optical zoom, laser auto focus, OIS, and dual LED flash. To show us the benefits of optical zoom, Asus posted an image comparing three photos (see below): the first was taken using the 3X optical zoom of the ZenFone Zoom, the second was taken with an iPhone 6 Plus (which features digital zoom), while the third was snapped with a Samsung Galaxy S6 (which also features digital zoom). Obviously, the photo shot with the ZenFone Zoom looks better, offering more detail. Sure enough, we'll have to test Asus' new camera for ourselves to see just how capable it is.

Besides what seems to be a promising rear camera, the ZenFone Zoom also has a 5 MP front-facing camera. Other notable features include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Intel Atom Z3590 Processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, and a 3000 mAh battery. There's also 64 GB of storage space on board, which can be expanded via a microSD card slot. Unfortunately, it looks like the ZenFone Zoom will be launched running Android 5.0 Lollipop, not Android Marshmallow.

You'll be able to buy the Asus ZenFone Zoom in the US starting February 1. For the beginning, the handset will be sold only via B&H Photo Video, costing $399.99 (unlocked). Interested?

source: Asus

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ZenFone Zoom
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 2330 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

A whole year later and it's launching with 5.0 instead of 6.0 or 5.1.. Why?

4. Rafishant

Posts: 406; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Because it is Asus

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they should just skip this one and release zenfone zoom 2 with spec similar with ZF3 :-/

3. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

not bad for $399

5. Rafishant

Posts: 406; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

It is too bad for a year old phone with a suspicious high end camera. I guess the latest Galaxy, Sony, and Lumia have a better camera.

8. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

um..ok i just said the price was not bad i can care less for the camera even tho it dose look promising but 4GB of ram , intel processor with 64GB of internal storage with expandable storage , 3000 mAh battery this is not bad for $399 unlocked you have to be blind to see how good of a deal this is dont sleep on that Intel Atom Z3590 Processor it can handle anything you throw at it

6. Tejas9

Posts: 95; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

We all should Gift Asus a traditional Calendar & Watch. It seems they have no track of time.

7. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

thought this phone gone extinct.

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

If Asus updates the phone on a decent basis, this will be a great phone. I don't know anything about the intel processors, but it has some nice specs. Hopefully those specs on paper translate to real world usage.

10. rsiders

Posts: 2018; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Eventually, someway somehow it will be available here. Asus really let the hype die out on this one. Better they kept the phone a secret until it was actually ready than drag out the release as long as they did while continuing to show dummy and not actual working units. Not a bad looking phone though.

11. skyline88

Posts: 700; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

why they delayed for one whole year?

12. WoofedUp

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 23, 2015

Everyone are blaming ASUS for releasing smartphones, that has Intel SoC, with 5.0 Android. AFAIK it's reasoned by Intel, who were not prepared their SoC drivers for Marshmallow. Can someone prove this, because I can't find source for this right now?

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