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Asus unveils the new Zenfone 3 Zoom with Dual camera and huge battery

cjmagowan  —  2 years ago ( Jan 08, 2017 )    |    Mobile, News

The Zenfone 3 Zoom – a direct successor to the Zenfone Zoom will give the line a new breath and a new direction in life. The ugly, bulky and laggy Zenfone Zoom will have to hand-over the torch as Asus imaging-centric flagship for a more refined and we bet a much more effective imaging implementation while maintaining the same approach and strategy where the Zoom line is heading.

Asus wave goodbye to the round and circular camera module of the Zenfone Zoom and opted to go for an iPhone 7 Plus like approach. In fact the back of the handset if not with the noticeable antenna lines and the prominent fingerprint scanner on the back may make the handset to be mistakenly identified as the iPhone 7 Plus but that’s not the story here, instead the Zenfone 3 Zoom focuses on imaging capabilities. But this time however, if one is family with the first generation Zoom, the 3x optical zoom is no longer thereand instead adopted a 2.3x optical zoom and added a secondary sensor in the mix.

The main camera module houses a twin 12 MP with one works as a regular lens while the other one has a wide-angle lens in which when they work together, this then gives a bokeh effect. It features what Asus calls it as “TriTech AF” an autofocus feature that combines Phase Detection AF, 2nd-gen Laser AF and Continuous AF for fast focus time on subjects at just 0.3sec. It also comes with OIS and EIS for image stability and a Dual-Tone LED flash for better looking photos even in a not so well-lit environments. It takes 4K videos and takes 9MP photos while video recording.

Besides the camera, the new Zenfone 3 Zoom also focuses on the battery, something that Asus should have incorporated in the first place but anyhow, the new handset comes with a whopping 5000 mAh embedded battery which also allows the handset to double as a powerbank. Despite the huge battery, Asus manage to keep the handset’s profile slim at 7.88mm thick and only weighs around 170 grams.

For the rest of the specs, there’s the 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 1080p resolution and taking charge of its processing needs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Chipset with Adreno506 GPU and 4 GB of RAM. Customers will be able to choose from either 32/64/128 GB of internal storage variant will all of them supporting memory expansion through a microSD card of up to 2 TB using the hybrid SIM slot. Driving the handset will be Android 6.0 Marshmallow but it would have been better if Asus included Nougat out of the box, since it’s not, we’re expecting it to upgrade the OS to Android 7.0 the soonest.

The new Zenfone 3 Zoom is expected to become available in the market next month with pricing is yet to be revealed hopefully when the launch date closes in. For the rest of the specs, please click here.