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ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom unveiled at CES 2017

by Todd Haselton | January 4, 2017January 4, 2017 11:36 am PDT


ASUS just took the wraps off of the ZenFone 3 Zoom during its press conference at CES 2017. It’s the company’s latest Android smartphone and joins other products in the family including the ZenFone 3, the ZenFone 3 Ultra, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ZenFone 3 Laser.

The ZenFone 3 Zoom features a camera with 12x zoom, allowing users to get close to subjects that are in the distance, in addition to a 12-megapixel secondary camera lens. It also sports a massive 5,000mAh battery that should get most folks well into a second day of battery life, if not more.

Asus says the camera sports Sony IMX 362 sensor with a f/1.7 aperture and the company’s SuperPixel technology. Combine with the company’s upgrade TriTech auto-focus system, users should be able to get great shots of action, still subjects, and more. The device also sports RAW and a “professional manual mode,” the latter of which has become commonplace in many of today’s flagship devices.

The camera is also supposed to be the leader in low-light conditions; the company said the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s camera is much more sensitive to light than the iPhone 7 Plus, a device that many consumers hold as the gold standard.

The front-facing camera, meanwhile, sports a Sony IMX 214 sensor and f/2.0 aperture, so you should get excellent selfies no matter if you’re in the bright outdoors or in a poorly lit bar.

As mentioned, the 5,000mAh battery should get users through a day or two of use. Asus said with 100 percent charge, users can get 6.4 hours of 4K recording before the device dies. So I suppose you can film an entire movie trilogy with the device before needing to charge up.

Not the best processor

Sadly, the phone doesn’t sport a Snapdragon 835 processor, as some early rumors had suggested. Instead, it offers a Snapdragon 625 chip. Users will also find support for recording 4K video, a 5.5-inch 1080p display and more. It sounds like a pretty phenomenal device that’s undercut by a lackluster processor though we’ll reserve judgement until we actually get our hands on the device.

Asus said the device will be available in February.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...