Apart from unveiling the Project Tango and Google Daydream enabled ZenFone AR smartphone, ASUS took the covers off its new photography-centric smartphone, the ZenFone 3 Zoom at the ongoing CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom aims to achieve new heights in smartphone photography. Like most photography focused premium smartphones in the market, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom has dual-lens optics. The rear 12-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and the wide-angle lens is equipped with the company’s SuperPixel technology to increase the light sensitivity to up to 2.5 times more than the iPhone 7 Plus. The Zoom moniker of the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom comes courtesy of its 2.3 optical zooms and 12x digital zoom. The new Portrait mode achieves ‘bokeh’ effect of DSLRs where the subject stands out of the softly blurred background.
The rear camera on the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom has been brought to you courtesy of a Sony IMX362 sensor with a large 1.4µm pixel size and a six-element lens setup. Image and video stabilisation technologies like optical and electronic image stabilisation have been duly included along with 4K video recording. The rear 12MP camera and the front 13MP camera have been also equipped with Phase Detection Auto Focus and laser auto focus for setting focus as fast as 0.03 seconds. The TriTech+ technology comes with the facility of tracking a subject to maintain focus even if the subject is moving. When it comes to selfies, you have the 13MP sensor with screen flash. ASUS forgot to include a LED flash on the ZenFone 3 Zoom. You, however, get 140-degree selfie panorama mode.
Coming to the tech specs of the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, we start with the display which is a 5.5inch Full HD AMOLED display with 500nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating. Underneath the hood, we have Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with a 2.0GHz octa-core processor, Adreno 506 GPU and up to 4GB of RAM. Internal memory variants go up to 128GB along with microSD card slot for memory expansion up to 2TB. A fingerprint sensor is located just below the rear camera. You get USB Type-C connector and a 3.5mm jack. The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is currently loaded with Android Marshmallow with ZenUI but will soon get the Android Nougat update. The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is powered by a 5000mAh battery. The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom will be available in Navy Black, Glacier Silver and Rose Gold colour variants. Pricing and availability information are awaited.