With the continuous launch of Zenfone series smartphones, Asus has launched an Android smartphone with 3x Optical zoom called Zenfone Zoom. This phone was actually announced during CES 2015. The phone is launched almost after 1 year from the announcement. The company claims that Zenfone Zoom is the thinnest phone with 3x Optical zoom. It looks like an upgraded version of Zenfone 2, which is launched few months before this. Now you all have the following questions in your mind, Whether it is a replacement for your DSLR camera? What is the price and features of this phone? How it differ from other android smartphones?
I am using this smartphone for more than one week and here is my review about the phone.
Asus Zenfone Zoom Review :
Display, Size, Color, Design, and Look:
The front design of the phone looks similar to the other Zenfone models from Asus. It comes with a leather back case with 3x Optical zoom. The backside leather finish has ASUS logo and Intel inside logo. On the right side, we have Volume control, Power button and a dedicated camera and video button to capture photos/videos easily. On the top, we have 3.5mm headphone jack. On the bottom, we have Mic and charger/USB port. Screen Size of Zenfone Zoom is 5.5 inches with 1920 x 1080 Pixels resolution display and it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The display is optimized to give clear view even during the sunlight. On the top of the screen, we have Earphone, sensors, LED notification light. Bottom of the screen has 3 control buttons Home, Back and Menu. Last but not the least we have 5 MP selfie camera on the top of the screen. Also, it has 5 MP selfie camera on the top of the screen. The back panel can be removed and inside we have two micro SIM slots and a non-removable battery. The phone is available two colors, Meteorite Black and Glacier White Colors.
RAM, Processor, Storage:
The phones come with 2.5 GHz Intel Atom Z3590 Quad Core processor. 4GB of RAM makes the processing faster. During the first boot, the phone has 2.4 GB of free RAM. Gaming performance has been extended with PowerVR G6430 GPU. You can play almost all the high-end games without any lag on this phone. Internal Storage of the phone is 128GB, so you can install many apps as you like, don’t worry about the internal space. Out of 128GB, the user has 112 GB free during the first boot. You can’t extend memory as there is no SD card slot. 5 GB of Asus Webstorage will be provided for the lifetime. In addition, to the above, ASUS is offering 100 GB of Google Drive storage up to 2 years for its customers.
The camera is one of the main aspects of this phone, because the phone is designed especially for Camera. Zenfone Zoom comes with a 13MP rear camera with 3x Optical zoom, Dual Flash, OIS [optical image stabilization], Laser Auto-Focus and HOYA lens technology. The camera quality is too good and even the pictures you take with 3x zoom level doesn’t loose its quality. But if you ask, whether it replaces my DSLR, my answer is NO. We can’t compare the phone with DSLR, but a mobile phone with this quality of the camera is a good move by ASUS. Multiple preloaded modes are available to take pictures in different conditions. You can also take Slow motion and Time-lapse Videos with Zenfone Zoom. 4K videos are not supported in this phone. The front camera is 5MP with wide viewing angle, which makes selfie better. Overall, Zoom is one of the best android camera phones in the market.
Zenfone Zoom comes with 3000 mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable) battery. In normal and average usage, the phone battery stands for one and half days without any charging. Built in BoostMaster technology is preloaded on the phone, which makes charging faster [0 to 100% in 2 hrs]. Like all other Zenfone phones, this phone also has battery saving modes.
Other Technical features:
The phone runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop operating System, an update to Marshmallow is coming soon. When comes to wireless and location it holds Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS, NFC.
Inside the box we have
- Phone with non-removable Battery.
- Charger with removable USB cable.
- HeadPhone with extra earbuds.
- User Manual and Warranty Card.
- Leather Strap.
The Zenfone Zoom costs Rs. 37,999 and you can buy it online.
Better Battery Life and fast Charging
Many unwanted Apps
Final thoughts :
Asus has made a good try by adopting a 3x optical zoom camera inside a smartphone. The camera quality is nice when comparing with other smartphones and it will be your camera assistance for your daily need. But it won’t actually replace your DSLR camera. Overall it’s a good choice, if you are looking for a phone with great performance, storage, and a handy camera while on the go. If you want to experience it, You can buy it online.
Disclaimer: The post contains my own opinion about the phone.