The outspoken ASUS CEO just got off the stage at CES, leaving us mesmerized not only with the $199 price tag of the ZenFone 2, but rather with the second handset it unveiled, or, should we say, the 13 MP mobile camera it outed, named ZenFone Zoom.
That's right, the handset is the rare bird featuring optical zoom, and it is stuffed in a fairly stealthy body at that, too. The 3x optical zoom is not in the scope of Samsung's Galaxy K zoom series, and yet is a much better compromise between the chunkiness of the K zoom, and the portability of a regular non-zoom phone. The rest of the specs include a hearty 5.5" 1080p IPS-LCD display with 400 nits of peak brightness, a 64-bit quad-core Atom processor, and a 3000 mAh battery. The selfie phenomenon is taken care of by a 5 MP wide-angle front camera.
The 13 MP PixelMaster camera on the back is not only sporting a 3x zoom 10-element lens and f/2.0 to f/4.8 aperture, but also features optical image stabilization, too. Moreover, you get laser auto-focus, similar to LG G3 and G Flex2, and a dual-color Real Tone flash tech, for a full point-and-shoot camera experience.
All that jazz is packed in a fairly compact for the awesome features body, at 158.9 x 78.84 x 11.95 mm, and with a weight of 185 grams. In addition, there are some manual adjustments for the shutterbugs out there, like exposure and shutter speed. Sounds like a great package for the $399 Asus is asking on the ZenFone Zoom, which will be released some time in Q2. Any takers?