Released last April 2017, the latest dual-camera smartphone from ASUS boasts of a 2.3x optical zoom, 12x digital zoom and a f/1.7 aperture. The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom review below explains this further.
What’s inside the box of the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom?
The speaker, USB-C port, microphone and audio port are all located at the bottom
Dual-camera, flash and fingerprint sensor
The power and volume buttons, located on the right side of the phone. Was this designed with right-handed people in mind?
In front are the standard back, home and recent apps keys
Screen size is 5.5 inches
Best Camera Phone in the Philippines
For its price, this is one, if not the best, camera phone in the Philippine market. Armed with dual lens technology the picture-taking capabilities of the Zenfone 3 Zoom are so powerful.
Depth-of-field Effect and Zoom Capability
Its first camera is 12 megapixels, has an f/1.7 aperture, wide angle and powered by the patented ASUS SuperPixel technology and this feature effectively increases captured light up to 8x, letting you #capturethemoment especially in low-light situations.
The above night shot photo was taken during the Leg of the RunRio Trilogy at Okada Manila
This photo above was taken at San Fernando, La Union where we were having dinner
The second camera is also 12 megapixels but is capable of 2.3x optical zoom for high-quality zoomed in shots.
The combination of both cameras lets you capture photos with a great depth-of-field effect, similar to capturing photos is dslr cameras with a portrait prime lens. Take note! This dual-camera smartphone has support for the professional RAW file format. With its digital-zoom capability that is up to 12x, you can capture your subject from far away.
Normal shot (no zoom)
Of course, auto-focus comes so easy and fast with the ASUS TriTech+™ Technology – an all-new Dual Pixel PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) system utilizing a similar technology found in DSLR cameras, Subject-Tracking and Laser auto-focus for photos and videos making focusing as quick as 0.03 seconds.
Its front camera is 13 megapixels (yes, 1 megapixel higher than the rear camera which is above the norm) and powered by the ASUS SuperPixel™ Engine which makes light sensitivity enhanced up to 2 times. It also has the Screen Flash feature for additional lighting for very low-light selfies.
For groufies, you can use the 140-degree panorama mode for the front camera making sure everyone fits the frame.
More photos below taken at Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union
Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union
High Capacity Battery
The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom has a 5000mAh battery but is still slim and sexy despite this and you will find this very significant if you take a lot of pictures, use mobile data or WiFi for instant uploads. For sure, you won’t need to recharge right away, not even before noon, even with heavy usage from early in the morning.
According to its rated usage, typical usage will let the phone’s power last for two days and up to 42 days of standby time. You can also use the phone as a power bank to charge another device.
Powerful and Fast
Powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB memory and desktop-grade Adreno™ 506 graphics, this phone is really fast – apps and games work faster.
Full Specifications of the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom
GSM / HSPA / LTE
Dimensions 154.3 x 77 x 8 mm (6.07 x 3.03 x 0.31 in)
Weight 170 g (6.00 oz)
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches (~70.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
– Asus ZenUI 3.0
OS Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 32/64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM; 3 GB RAM (USA)
Primary Dual 12 MP, (25mm, f/1.7, OIS (4-axis)& 59mm, f/2.8), laser/phase detection autofocus, 2.3x optical zoom factor, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features 1/2.5″ sensor size @ 25mm, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@24fps, 1080p@30fps
Secondary 13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, 1080p
Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jack Yes
– 24-bit/192kHz audio
– DTS sound enhancement
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Radio FM radio
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Java – No
– Google Drive (100 GB cloud storage)
– Fast battery charging
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor
– Reverse charging
Non-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery
Navy Black, Glacier Silver, Rose Gold
PRICE (PHILIPPINES) Php 23,995