Here is a quick look at the newly announced Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom

Asus made an impressive showing this year at CES. Officially introducing the world to the first smartphone that is ready to immerse its user via Google Daydream, and augment his or her reality thanks to Google Tango, the ZenFone AR.

Also announced at CES by Asus was a smartphone “built for photography,” the ZenFone 3 Zoom. While the spec sheet suggests a mid-range disposition, the ZenFone 3 Zoom brings with it and impressive set of features.

Given the device’s name, and the mantra for which it was designed, most of those features can be found in the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s cameras, of which there are three big sensors.

Starting from the front, a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, accompanied by a screen flash. On the back, two more cameras are on board. The main unit is a 12-megapixel Sony IMX362 sensor with decent sized pixels at 1.4µm, something Asus is calling in this application “SuperPixel technology.” Asus claims this main camera has better than 2.5 times light sensitivity to the iPhone 7 Plus. There is 4-axis optical image stabilization along with electronic image stabilization.

The “Zoom Camera” is a 12-megapixel unit with 12x total zoom, which includes 2.3x optical zoom. The whole set-up makes use of laser assisted autofocus as well as phase detection autofocus. However, the ZenFone 3 Zoom makes use of 100% of all the pixel to assist in focusing.

We will delve much deeper into the cameras in our full hands-on, which will be coming in a couple days. The ZenFone 3 Zoom, is only 7.99mm thin, but it can provide up to 42 days standby time, 8.5 hours of social media live streaming, and 6.4 hours of 4K video recording. No matter what kind of smartphone you have, those numbers are stratospheric.

How does the ZenFone 3 Zoom pull that off? First with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core CPU, and a massive 5,000mAh battery. We are not sure how they packed that all in there, there is even a headphone jack.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom will be available next month. Pricing was not announced, but we do not think it will bear a flagship sized price tag. Keep checking back on for more coverage from CES 2017 in Las Vegas, and our in-depth hands-on of the ZenFone 3 Zoom.



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If only the zoom had a better SOC it would be so good.

4. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

SD 625 already a good SOC. and 5000 mAh? its gonna be a battery beast. But i agree, better if they put SD820 there if they gonna price this at $400

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That is what I was thinking.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

probably they aren't confidence with it's camera quality and think it still didnt belong to flagships level, that's why they give it lower-midranger specs :-/ or... they totally confidence about it's camera and make it a strong point of sales, so they push the other specs down and sell it for $399 and make it the best sub-$400 camera phone.. btw, I'm curious about how that 4-AXIS OIS + EIS will perform... it's sounds really promising,,, (but 4-axis OIS in Mi5 is a fail :P)

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"First with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core CPU, and a massive 5,000mAh battery. We are not sure how they packed that all in there, there is even a headphone jack." Which means it disproves the hypothesis that the companies who remove the 3.5mm jack do so to save space for more components and bigger battery... What new components? Which bigger battery? This ZenFone 3 Zoom debunks all of that.

5. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

The iPhone 7 has the Taptic Engine that requires some space (at least the promotion material it looks like this).

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You have a good point there, Well-Manicured-Man. I wasn't talking about Apple alone, though... But about all those OEMs guilty of removing the 3.5mm jack, as Apple sure wasn't the first to remove it, and certainly won't be the last to do so.

9. civicsr2cool

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

If Sammy can fit an entire stylus inside of there phones they have plenty of room for a tiny 3.5mm jack.

3. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

The black model looks like Pixel.

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