ASUS was the first to showcase their new smartphones for 2017 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Two phones were announced – the ASUS Zenfone 3 Max and the Zenfone AR. A few hours after the global announcement of the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom, our friends from ASUS Philippines invited us to their office to check out the phone itself. DId the phone made a good first impression? Let’s find out!
ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom
- 2GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
- Adreno 506 graphics
- 4GB RAM
- 32/64/128GB 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
The folks at ASUS Philippines only has a pre-production unit so some of the features on this unit will be more polished on the final retail unit. First to tackle is the design. There’s no denying that the Zenfone 3 Max is like a love child of the Apple iPhone 7 and the Huawei P9 but it is very well implemented and ASUS did made sure it looks unique. It is also surprisingly thin despite ASUS stacking a huge 5,000 mAh battery inside.
Moving on to the display. This is the second time ASUS used an AMOLED panel (the first was the Zenfone 3 Deluxe). Expect saturated and warm color tones which we do prefer. It is protected by a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which is slightly curved .
The dual 12 megapixel camera set up is quite similar from the Apple iPhone 7 Plus but with better implementation and packed with more features. Various shooting modes we’ve seen on the Zenfone 3 are present on this phone. One sensor has f/1.7 aperture which is a Sony IMX 362 while the other has f/2.8 aperture. The second lens with a smaller aperture has 2.3x zoom. Features like Optical Image Stabilization, Phase Detection Autofocus, 3x Optical Zoom comes with both lenses.
Due to our short time with it, we were unable to test the camera. We will cover the battery performance on our full review once we get our review unit. According to our friends from ASUS, with QuickCharge 3.0, from 0 to 85% it took about less than hour which very impressive considering it is a very large battery.
So far, the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom has left us super impressed with the camera ALONE. We know the phone can still wow us further so we really can’t wait to get a hands on for our review unit. The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom is said to arrive in the Philippines sometime next month. No price has been revealed yet.