Asus Zenfone Zoom Review

Introduction

ASUS first introduced this camera-centric smartphone back during CES 2015, but it wasn’t quite ready for launch at that time. ASUS took the chance to showcase this multi-faceted device once again at the ongoing IFA event in Berlin, and we reach to spend some time with it.

Design

Asus Zenfone Zoom design

The Asus Zenfone Zoom boasts an attractive curved design, with a brushed metal finish. The design language is similar to the Zen design Asus has used for the previous chunky ZenFone, although, this one is significantly slimmer with a 3.9mm width and thin bezels of 3.3mm.

Display

Asus Zenfone Zoom display

The 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display is understandably serviceable for the tasks at hand and the interface appears clear and vibrant, however, we can’t help but surprise what a 2K show would have done when used in conjunction with the phone’s large camera.

Camera

Asus Zenfone Zoom camera

here’s a 5-megapixel front-facer should you find the desire to snap a quick selfie, but you really analyze the Zoom for its 13-megapixel rear camera. The module boasts OIS (optical image stabilisation), laser autofocus, a dual-LED Real mode flash and a 10-element lens that accommodates its signature 3x optical zoom, ensuring photos don’t lose quality.

Software

Asus Zenfone Zoom software

The Asus Zenfone Zoom sports Asus’ own ZenUI running atop Android 5.0 Lollipop, but a Marshmallow upgrade is definitely in the works for the near future and its eventual arrival in new markets. Asus uses its own custom iconography, that features a clean, modern look and a simple colour theme as well as colour-coded apps for familiarity and easy navigating between different functions.

Performance

With a large camera sensor, you’d expect a large number of storage and Asus has delivered with both 64GB and 128GB versions, depending on your market, both of which are expandable by an extra 64GB microSD card too. The engineers have clearly spent time adapting Android to play as fluidly as likely with the 64-bit, 2.3 GHz Intel Atom quad-core chip and a huge 4GB of RAM.

Specification

Asus Zenfone Zoom specification

  • Display: 5.5-inches
  • Resolution: Full HD (1920×1080)
  • Weight: 185 grams
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB, Expandable via microSD up to 64GB
  • Front camera: 5-megapixel
  • Rear Camera: 13-megapixel w/ OIS, laser autofocus and dual LED flash
  • Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580
  • 4G LTE: Yes
8.5 Total Score
Asus Zenfone Zoom

The Asus Zenfone Zoom boasts an attractive curved design, with a brushed metal finish. The design language is similar to the Zen design Asus has used for the previous chunky ZenFone

CAMERA
8.5
DESIGN
8
PERFORMANCE
7.5
FEATURES
8
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