Exactly a year after it’s unveiling at last year’s CES, Asus is bringing its camera focused smartphone – the Zenfone Zoom to India this month while it will be available in other markets, including the US early next month. The smartphone is priced at $399 and it will be available for purchase on both online and offline stores.
The highlight of the smartphone is its camera module that features 13-megapixel rear sensor with 3X optical zoom. Asus developed the main camera with the help of two Japanese giants – Panasonic supplied the 13-megapixel “SmartFSI” sensor, and HYOA engineered the 10-element lens. Fitting these elements together, the camera offers 3X optical zoom (12X zoom-in effect). The camera features optical image stabilization, laser auto-focus, and a dual-tone flash. It has aperture ranging from f/2.7 to f/4.8, so you’ll have to be little more patient when capturing shots. Most flagship smartphones’ cameras feature the faster f/2.0, which is missing in this flagship phone. On the front end, you get a 5-megapixel camera for selfies.
The ZenFone Zoom, though, features almost identical hardware of its predecessor ZenFone 2; it gets a slightly faster CPU, the single Micro-SIM slot and the newer Gorilla Glass 4 protection. You get an Intel Atom quad-core processor (Z3950, up to 2.5GHz), a PowerVR G6430 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, microSD expansion of up to 128GB, a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a 3,000mAh fixed battery.
It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Asus ZenUI on top and features a 5.5-inch FHD display with a 1080p screen resolution. As for connectivity and sensors, the device equips GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB, accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, gyroscopic, and digital compass. The handset is packed together by an aluminum body with a removable back leather cover and will be available in Glacier White and Meteorite Black Colors.