ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphone carries Dual 12MP rear shooter with 2.3x optical zoom

by Karthik Iyer 8

ASUS hosted an event yesterday at the consumer electronic show (CES) 2017, and they had some exciting announcements to make. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturing company launched two new smartphones yesterday. One is the much ambitious ZenFone AR which is the Google Tango-enabled smartphone, and the other one is the ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphone. You can read everything about the ZenFone AR here, but now let’s take a look at the ZenFone 3 Zoom. As the name suggests, this is a camera-centric smartphone, and it is more like a successor to the previously launched ZenFone Zoom.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom leaves no stone unturned with this smartphone when it comes to photography. First of all, following the current trend of featuring a dual rear camera setup, ASUS has decided to bring that as well to the ZenFone 3 Zoom. In fact, the USP of this smartphone is that it comes with Dual 12MP rear shooters out of which the secondary 12MP shooter has 2.3x optical zoom as well. Now this might sound very similar since the iPhone 7 Plus also has a similar kind of a setup going on. Well, now that is a strange resemblance as the ZenFone 3 Zoom also has a feature similar to Portrait Mode where it will add a natural depth of field effect to the images. However, don’t expect this feature to ship out of the box as the company states that it will be added after a software update.

Now talking about the specs of the ZenFone 3 Zoom, it sports a 5.5″ FHD AMOLED display on the front with the Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC which is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. As for the camera, it has a 12MP Sony IMX362 sensor with an F1.7 aperture as the main camera and a 12MP shooter with 2.3X optical zoom as the secondary camera. The main shooter also has 4-axis OIS and 3-axis EIS along with Manual and Raw support as well. The selfie camera on the front is a 13MP shooter with an F2.0 aperture. The whole package is kept powered by a massive 5,000mAh battery which is good for 6.4 hours of 4K video recording or 42 days of standby.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back just like other ZenFone 3 devices and it will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box while the company has promised an update for Android 7.0 Nougat for later this year. The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom will is scheduled to launch in the month of February and it will be available in three colors i.e. Black, Silver, Rose Gold. We don’t have any info on the pricing of this smartphone as of now, however, if you want to know more about it then we suggest you stay tuned to PhoneRadar for details on the same.

Karthik Iyer

Karthik is a Computer Science Graduate and a Tech Aficionado who has always found himself fascinated or playing around with all the latest and the best from the world of smartphones and beyond. When he is not working on any smartphone or covering the latest scoop, you can often find playing his favorite PS4 titles.

  • Very good specifications along with camera setup! Seems excellent 🙂

  • Krunal G

    Superb specifications.!! I think this is the best phone in every aspect.

  • Sagar VK18

    Best for the camera again! Same as 7+

  • Jitendra Sakariya

    ASUS has done very good job, at this time.. Dual camera with optical zoom, AMOLED screen, 128 GB internal storage, etc.. Excellent.
    Now all depends on the launch price. Hope its not overpriced at this time.

  • diveek

    iPhone 7 replica #AnyoneAgreesWithMe

  • diveek

    Apart from the design everything looks new and top notch, pricing is a make or break point now

  • diveek

    At the same time, they should scale down the Zen UI

  • Vishal Giri

    to call this phone a Supercamera phone will be an understatement, since it has all the good tech of Samsung S7 camera not to forget the F1.7 aprt. and the dual pixel technology but also the dual camera tech as Huawei and Apple along with OIS and PDAF, and that huge 5000mAh battey all adds up to make a great camera phone!!