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Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom Review

Zenfone 3 Zoom review features Asus’ new smartphone with insane zooming capabilities.

  • Very similar to the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Uses two lenses which offers two focal lengths
  • Bigger battery size
  • AMOLED display
  • Reasonably priced at 23,995

The ZenFone 3 Zoom picks up where the first one left off. The second gen camera phone from ASUS comes with a zoom setup similar to that of the iPhone 7 Plus — using two lenses to provide two focal lengths. Combine that with the new Zen design, a huge battery, an AMOLED display, and a good price, it looks like we have the makings of a compelling device.

Here’s thefanboyseo.com’s take on newest Zenfone 3 addition via our Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom review.

Special thanks to ASUS PHILIPPINES for loaning the phone for a couple of weeks.

Zenfone 3 Zoom Specs

Weight (g) 170.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 5000
Removable battery No
Colours Navy Black, Glacier Silver
Screen size (inches) 5.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels
Processor 2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 2000
Rear camera 12-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 13-megapixel
Operating System Android 6.0
Skin ZenUI 3.0
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
Number of SIMs 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer No
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Zenfone 3 Zoom Review – Physical Components

First thing we have to talk about is how sleek and light this smartphone is. The phone itself is sleek enough to easily slide into your pocket, not to mention fit in it perfectly.

No metal for this smartphone but we do get a serviceable plastic that’s scratch resistant with all the right curves at the right places. It’s such a treat to carry around and operate.

Every bit looks classy too; from the dual camera at the back to the front.

Going into this Zenfone 3 Zoom review, I had an Asus Zenfone 2 and you can definitely feel the difference in terms of input. The volume control from the previous generation was located at the back. This new Zoom gets design and aesthetics right and placed the buttons on the side, much like all the other current gen smartphones.

The power button which was on the top part of the phone has been moved to the side as well a few inches below the volume control. I’m ok with that as it limits finger effort to a minimal. It’s better now to operate the Zenfone 3 Zoom using just one hand.

Another change for the Zenfone 3 Zoom is the change of USB charger. Previous Zenfone models came out of the box with the standard USB charger but for this new version of the Zoom, we get a Type-C USB. Personally, I feel like this makes it hard to charge the phone. It kinda became a hassle in cases where I leave home and neglected to bring the charger. On the flipside, it charges quite fast. For such a complex phone I am also surprised at how long the phone managed to stay on standby mode connected to the wifi at home and constantly updating apps via Google Play.

The phone’s built-in speakers and the headphone jack is also placed at the bottom of the phone. That’s however would be a buyer preference, worked totally fine for me while doing this Zenfone 3 Zoom review.

Zenfone 3 Zoom Review –  Performance

The Zenfone 3 Zoom comes with bad ass internal specs. In fact, I remember this was one of the selling points when it was launched weeks ago. It wasn’t just a photographer friendly smartphone, it was also gamer friendly. Without bias, it definitely can kick ass in both aspects.

Zenfone 3 Zoom Review – Camera

Took A LOT of photos with the Zenfone 3 Zoom for this review and I was definitely pleased with the output. Thanks to the latest version of Pixelmaster, we’re definitely getting good quality photos both in regular and “zoomed-in” mode.

Also if you abhor using the flash, the Zenfone 3 Zoom does good with their lowlight setting; much like how it was with the Zenfone 2.

Zenfone 3 Zoom Review – Verdict

For a 5.5 inch phone, the Zenfone 3 Zoom sure packs a whallop. It’s a phone that has everything you’ll need. I’m not too keen on the price for the phone but that’s just me. The zooming capacity for the phone is nothing short of gorgeous, however you’ll have to forgive the device if gives you pixelated photos from time to time. It’s an almost perfect device and had I more money to burn for phones, this would probably be my go-to smartphone everytime I leave the house.

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