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ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Review: The Best Camera on a Zenfone Today!

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ASUS Philippines is set to announce the new ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom next month we were lucky enough to take the said device for a spin this week. The device is the company’s first take on the dual rear camera front. How does it fare on everyday use? Let’s find out.

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom

  • 2.0GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Adreno 506 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 256GB
  • 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Dual 12 megapixel (f/1.7 and f/2.8 aperture) rear facing Sony IMX362 camera with OIS, PDAF, 2.3x Optical Zoom, dual LED flash
  • 13 megapixel front facing camera f/2.0 aperture
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, USB Type C
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 5,000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0 upgradable to Android 7.0 Nougat

RELATED ARTICLE –  ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Unboxing and First Impressions

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

We’ve discussed much of its design of the Zenfone 3 Zoom on our unboxing article. Just like we’ve said, the device took some inspiration from its more affordable sibling, the Zenfone 3 Max. Despite carrying a very large 5,000 mAh battery, ASUS made sure that the device remains very slim and surely it is!

Its very pocket-friendly as it slip through our pockets with ease. On paper, it weighs 170 grams but we never felt its heft surprisingly.  Audio quality is also superb despite the fact the device focuses more on its core selling point, the camera.

DISPLAY

Instead of using an IPS panel, ASUS opted for a color saturated AMOLED panel. As expected colors are a bit saturated but if this panel is not your cup of tea, ASUS allows you to adjust color temperature and saturation according to your taste.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

The Snapdragon 625 chipset is the same processor used on the ASUS Zenfone 3. It is reliable, fast and energy efficient plus it can run graphic intense games smoothly thanks to the paired  4GB RAM.

Although the device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow as of this writing, ASUS Philippines said that Android 7.0 Nougat will be coming to the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom via OTA in time for its launch. It means you’ll get Marshmallow out of the box but upon opening the device, Nougat update will be ready to download.

CAMERA (those cameras)

So we have two cameras here – one 12 megapixel Super Pixel sensor and 12 megapixel Zoom sensor with 2.3x zoom. Unlike the dual cameras we see on Huawei phones, these sensors on the Zenfone 3 Zoom don’t work together but they different kinds of results. ASUS aims to resolve zooming problems on smartphone by bringing in 2.3x zoom camera. Please do check out our sample zoom and regular zoom photos!

CONNECTIVITY

Fingerprint Scanner, LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth are standard in the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom. First, the fingerprint scanner works just fine. It unlocks the device in less than a second. Internet speeds are within normal range and we’ve used our Smart LTE SIM here. So far, we are really feeling the improvements Smart is doing to its network. Calls are clear with no issues and WiFi and Bluetooth works perfectly.

Smart LTE speed test

BATTERY

Aside from those cameras, the battery is also one of the phone’s main selling point. The 5,000 mAh battery is unnoticeable on the phone’s physique but the endurance is very evident especially when on heavy use. We’ll make it plain and simple – it won’t die on you… for days!

Due to our limited time with it we can’t do a full battery test but on our week-long review, we managed to charge the phone only TWICE and it has more than 25% power left.

VERDICT

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom is the best camera smartphone ASUS has made by far. You can indeed catch the moment whether near or far on this device. The battery is an added but very helpful bonus and i didn’t die on us within the day. The deciding factor here is the price in which ASUS Philippines still kept mum with it. Let’s just wait for its April launch as to how much is it. For us, as long as it is kept in the 18 to 20k mark, we will gladly recommend the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom.

FTA Rating:

  • Hardware – 10
  • Design – 9
  • Display – 8.3
  • Software – 9
  • Performance – 10
  • Camera – 10
  • Connectivity – 8
  • Battery – 10