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Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Review

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom

Posted: , by Stephen S. Stephen S.



Interface and Functionality

Asus would do well to remember that sometimes less is more

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Review

Asus certainly gives the ZF3F an eye-catching take on Android, with an especially interesting quick-setting screen. It's bright and colorful, but more than a little weird, populated both by controls for phone settings as well as app shortcuts.

While we appreciate the fresh take, at least visually, the actual offerings here are pretty bog-standard: a theming engine, RAM-freeing “boost” mode of dubious value, and a handful of gesture controls. While there's nothing overly objectionable about any of that, nor does it add a ton of value to the phone, either, and we weren't using the ZenFone 3 Zoom for long before wishing that Asus had just saved itself some time and effort and stuck with stock Android.

Processor and Memory

Rock-solid mid-range silicon delivers on our expectations

There are any number of silicon options a mid-ranger can take advantage of, but one of our favorites is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 chip, which Asus made the smart choice to go with here for the ZenFone 3 Zoom. That processor strikes a great balance between acceptably fast performance and impressively low power requirements.

While the phone's available in configurations ranging up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, we checked out the more conservative 3GB/32GB option.

Performance is very much in line with similarly equipped hardware, and the ZenFone 3 Zoom operates on much the same level as the Moto Z2 Play or the BlackBerry KEYone.

Performance benchmarks

Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom 63234
Asus ZenFone AR 142669
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe 139735
OnePlus 5 178968
Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom 29.678
Asus ZenFone AR 44.516
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe 46.431
OnePlus 5 69.780
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom 22
Asus ZenFone AR 53
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe 59
OnePlus 5 60
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen
Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom 6.4
Asus ZenFone AR 15.3
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe 47
OnePlus 5 40
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom 1235
Asus ZenFone AR 2245
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe 2278
OnePlus 5 3500
Geekbench 4 single-core
Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom 871
Asus ZenFone AR 1757
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe 1490
OnePlus 5 1941
Geekbench 4 multi-core
Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom 4327
Asus ZenFone AR 3875
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe 3953
OnePlus 5 6678
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There's nothing particularly noteworthy about the ZenFone 3 Zoom's connectivity options – though to be fair, we should be saying the same about a lot of phones these days. It does have USB Type-C, which isn't always a given for mid-rangers, but there's nothing out-of-the-ordinary like an IR emitter or anything; the fanciest the phone gets is an FM receiver for data-free music.

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Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom

OS: Android 7.1 6.0
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Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (404 ppi) AMOLED
Camera12 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size6.07 x 3.03 x 0.31 inches
(154.3 x 77 x 7.99 mm)
6.00 oz  (170 g)

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