Leaked images of the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom showcase an iPhone 7 Plus-like dual camera setup


The budget smartphone game is tremendously competitive right now. Solid offerings from OnePlus, Honor, Alcatel, and others mean that you have plenty of options available if you're in the market to get a solid smartphone experience without spending a heap of cash. Asus has recently released a few offerings of their own into the budget arena, including the ZenFone 3 Laser, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3 MAX, and ZenFone 3. That's already a lot of choice provided by one single OEM, but Asus doesn't appear to be done just quite yet. Another Asus-branded smartphone has just passed through the TENNA - China's version of the FCC here in the US - and it looks like Asus has yet another ZenFone 3 handset in the works.

According to the TENNA, the exact model number for this new handset is the Asus Z01HDA. However, the retail name of the phone looks to be the ZenFone 3 Zoom. The Zoom title is likely accredited to the Z01HDA's dual camera package on the back, as two individual sensors can be seen next to each other. There's currently a bit of confusion surrounding the actual megapixel count of the sensors though, with some sources saying they'll both be 16MP lenses, whereas others report that one will be 16MP and the other will have a lower resolution of 13MP. Either way, expect to be able to have some sort of optical zoom capabilities similar to what's featured on the iPhone 7 Plus.


The front of the ZenFone 3 Zoom features a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 2.5D glass for a smooth and premium handling experience. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 will be powering the phone, and current RAM configurations are expected to be available in either 2, 3, or 4GB. There's also a choice to be made with the internal storage, as the TENNA listing showcases capacities of 16, 32, and 64GB. Round all of this off with a massive 4,850 mAh battery, 7.99-millimeter thick aluminum body, and Android Marshmallow out of the box, and we're dealing with a pretty interesting package. 

Since the ZenFone 3 Zoom popped up through the TENNA, we fully expect the phone to be available in China when it's released. There currently isn't any word on pricing or availability in the US, but with Asus holding a keynote event during CES on January 4th titled "Zenovation", it's very likely that we'll here more on the ZenFone 3 Zoom come next month.

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16 Comments

1. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

You know...iPhone isn't the first with dual cameras right??

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They might mean iphone-esque in that it is a gimmick and the promised features won't be delivered for months and even then they'll be half baked and trash overall.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I see it more like they meant to say iPhone 7 Plus-esque dual-camera in the sense of it's design and layout (as shown by the images of the alleged Zenafone 3 Zoom), not about the actual cameras' capabilities.

2. S4NDY

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Hmm, you mean honor v8 like dual camera setup.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no.. apple invent dual-camera setup /s

4. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

iCrap Plus-like my @ss. Stop with your stupidity for goodness sake. iCrap was never first with anything.

8. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

They mean the layout, sheesh. Anyways, this setup looks bad to me. Apple's does too :-)

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You mean HTC One M8 dual camera setup.

6. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Don't you mean Huawei or LG or HTC esque?

9. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

So they dropped patented real optical zoom tech for a dual cam optical zoom. Okay. Cool.

10. jsdechavez

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I am a fan of the Asus computers and commend them for the Zenfone 2 line because of the competitive pricing and large memory options. Also a fan of the Zenfone 3 design but the pricing was too much. Until the day Asus starts using camera sensors on par with the flagship competition will I consider buying them. First Zenfone Zoom was a big disappointment.

11. SailfishOS

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

STOP Comparing Everything to APPLE!!

12. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Why can they say " Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom showcase an HTC 8-like dual camera setup"

14. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

Because iCrapArena.com

15. NocturnalEvil

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

What the hell? Has Asus seriously lost it? We wan't a camera with optical zoom, not some gimmicky dual camera. This phone doesn't deserve to be called Zenfone 3 Zoom.

16. NocturnalEvil

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

What the hell? The designers of Asus have clearly lost their minds. They are ditching the optical zoom equipped camera for this gimmicky junk. This phone doesn't deserve to be called Zenfone 3 Zoom.

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