Asus has unveiled the Zenfone Zoom at the IFA event, which was held in Berlin, in September, but the smartphone was released only now in China and it’s expected to hit the Indian stores in December. Its price will be Rs 28,365 ($425) for the version with 64GB of storage and Rs 32,416 ($485) for the variant with 128GB of storage. The main attraction of this device is its rear camera, but more about it we’ll tell you below. Also, we’ll compare the Zenfone Zoom with the Zenfone 2, in order to see if there are any other differences between them.
Designs and Displays
The Zenfone Zoom has a plastic back which comes in two colors: Meteorite black and Glacier white. The volume rocket has been moved from below the rear camera to the right side, where’s located the power button as well. So, the top half of the back is occupied by the camera, which has a10-element lens and 3X optical-zoom. The front side is similar to that of the Zenfone 2, featuring an aluminum band at the bottom and three capacitive keys above it, but they’re not integrated into the screen. Its physical dimensions are 158.9×78.8x12mm, resulting in a total weight of 185grams. The screen measures 5.5-inch and supports a Full HD resolution of 1080x1920pixels at 403ppi.
The Zenfone 2 has a plastic back with a brushed metal effect, it’s available in five variants of colors: Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray, Glamor Red and Ceramic White and as we were saying previously, it has the volume rocket below the rear camera. The edges of the device are curved and the physical dimensions of the phone are 152.5×77.2×10.9mm, which means that it’s also lighter (170grams). But the screen has the same diagonal and resolution, only that the pixel density is a bit lower at 401ppi, but you won’t notice the difference.
The Zenfone Zoom has the same hardware configuration as the Zenfone 2, featuring two variants of processors: Intel Atom Z3580 with four cores clocked at 2.3GHz, which are backed by 4GB of RAM and Intel Atom Z3560 with four cores clocked at 1.8GHz, which are coupled with 2GB of RAM. Asus is offering you three variants of internal memories, and the first two ones – 16GB and 32GB are expandable up to 64GB, while the third variant already supports this capacity and it’s fixed.
While the Zenfone 2 has a simple 13MP main camera with autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and Full HD video capture, plus a secondary camera of 5MP, the Zenfone Zoom has a primary camera of 13MP with f/2.7 – f/4.8 aperture, 3X optical-zoom, a 10-element Hoya lens, laser autofocus, OIS and Professional Panasonic SmartSFI sensor, which is used for optimized image. Asus managed to make the slimmest smartphone which has a camera that offers a DSLR-style shooting experience. The front camera is the same as the one on the Zenfone 2.
Unfortunately, the 3000mAh battery of the Zenfone Zoom, which has the same capacity as the Zenfone 2, will be consumed faster because of the impressive camera.