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Asus delays ZenPhone 3 Zoom to deliver better specifications

by Killian Bell | February 28, 2017February 28, 2017 6:00 pm PDT

Asus has announced that it is delaying the ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphone it first unveiled at CES 2017 last month to deliver better specifications. The handset is now scheduled to make its debut during the second quarter of this year, but it’s unclear what changes Asus will be making.

When the ZenFone 3 Zoom was first confirmed, Asus promised a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with a secondary sensor that could deliver 12x zoom (hence the name), and a massive 5,000mAh battery. However, fans were somewhat disappointed that it would feature a Snapdragon 625 processor, rather than the high-end Snapdragon 821 or the new Snapdragon 835 — which is now making its way into 2017 flagships from the likes of Sony.

It looks like Asus took the complaints into consideration and decided to make some changes. In response to a fan on Facebook, the Chinese company has confirmed that it is now “reworking [the ZenFone 3 Zoom] with better specs so you and many others can have an awesome smartphone to use.”

Asus did not go into specifics, so we don’t know for certain that we will see a better processor. Asus could instead be working to add a sharper display, more RAM, or more storage for the super-sharp 4K videos that fans will want to shoot with its impressive camera.

All we know is that the ZenFone 3 should be better than originally expected in some way when it finally makes its debut during Q2 2017. The handset was supposed to go on sale this month.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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