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Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom Mega Review – Is this the optical zoom champ with a 5,000mAh battery?

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom review. The phone with killer specs and a killer camera setup. So how does it perform in the real world? Well let’s find out. First the key specifications.

Key Specifications

– Colours – Black, Silver and Pink
– Dimensions – 154 x 77 x 7.99mm
– Weight – 170g
– 5.5 inch 1080p IPS screen. 500 nits brightness. Gorilla Glass 5.Blue light filter, Oleophobic coating. 10 point multitouch. Over 100% NTSC high colour gamut.
– Snapdragon 625. Adreno 506 GPU.
– 3/4gb ram with 32gb/64gb storage. eMMC storage

Main Camera – ASUS SuperPixel™ Technology for 2.5 times light sensitivity compare with iPhone 7 Plus,12 megapixels, f/1.7 aperture, SONY IMX362 sensor (1/2.55″ large sensor size, 1.4 µm large pixel size),Focal Length 25mm,6p lens, 82° field of view,
– 4-axis, 4 stops Optical Image Stabilization for steady photos, 3-axis Electronic Image Stabilization for shake-free videos,
– 4K UHD (3840 by 2160) 30 frame per second video recording,
– Colour correction (RGB) sensor for the best white balance and natural-looking colours, Dual-LED real tone flash,
– ASUS Exclusive TriTech+ Auto Focus system with 0.03s instant focus:
– World leading fastest Dual Pixel PDAF (100% pixel used for focusing)
– 2nd generation Laser auto-focus, 3 times distance than previous generation
– Subject tracking auto-focus for both photos and videos

Zoom Rear Camera – 12 megapixel, 12 times total zoom, 2.3 times optical zoom, Focal length 59mm,5p lens

– PixelMaster 3.0 camera modes: Auto (default),Manual,HDR Pro,Beautification,Super Resolution,Children,Low Light, QR code, Night,Depth of Field, Effect, Selfie, GIF Animation, Panorama, Miniature, Time Rewind, Smart Remove, All Smiles

– Video – 4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 24 fps, 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps, 720p HD video recording at 30 fps, 3-axis electronic image stabilisation, Take still photo while recording video

Front Camera – 13 megapixels photos, SONY IMX214 sensor (1/3.06″, 1.12um),f/2.0 aperture, Screen flash
– PixelMaster 3.0 camera modes: Beautification, Selfie Panorama,Auto (default),Night,HDR Pro,Effect,Low Light, GIF Animation, Slow motion,Time Lapse

Audio – Speaker 5-magnet speakers with NXP Smart Amp for up to 4 times better performance,
– Audio Output Hi-Res audio 192kHz/24-bit standard that is 4 times better than CD quality
– DTS (Digital Theater System) for headphone support
– Mic Dual internal mic with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology
– FM Receiver, FM radio

– 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi direct
– SIM 1: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
– SIM 2: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
– Dual SIM dual standby, SIM 2: Only use the Nano SIM card or the MicroSD card at a time
– Both SIM card slots support 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE network band. But only one SIM card can connect to 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE service at a time

– Data rate LTE Cat4: UL 50 / DL 150 Mbps (WW/US/BR/IN/ID version),DC-HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42 Mbps
– US version reviewed – FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 28),WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8)
GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) Other versions have different bands

– Sensors – Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, RGB sensor, IR sensor, Fingerprint

Battery – 5000mAh (non-removable), 1A Reverse Charging
– Power adapter – Output: 5V 2A 10W
– In The Box – ZenFone 3 Zoom with Android™ 6.0 and ASUS ZenUI 3.0, ASUS ZenEar with Mic, USB-C Cable, Ejector Pin, USB Power Adapter, Documentation (User Guide, Warranty Card)

– Asus ZenUI 3 – includes ZenFit (uses camera to measure heart rate) ,launcher, fingerprint sensor, file manager, themes, zenmotion, game genie, camera, photo collage, mini movie, zencircle, keyboard, phone, contacts, weather, clock, calculator, do it later, mobile manager, zenfone care

Asus really do think of everything when it comes to features. Some are more useful than others. Like everything you use the ones you want and turn off what you don’t need. Anyway, head over and watch my full 20 min review of the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom with camera showcase covering the zoom capabilities and much more.

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Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom – Dual lenses with optical zoom & a 5,000mAh battery – First Impressions

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom has arrived. This phone looks the business. 

– It has 2.3 x optical zoom and up to 12 times zoom. OIS and EIS. 

– Super Pixel Technology for 2.5 times light sensitivity than the iPhone 7 Plus.

– Specialist camera modes and 4K video. 

– World leading fastest dual pixel PDAF auto focus system. Same as the Samsung Galaxy S8. 

– 2nd generation laser auto focus with 3 times the distance. 
– The loudspeaker is a 5 magnet affair with a NXP SMART Amp.

– Hi-Res Audio, DTS and more.

– Dual sim.

– More sensors than your kitchen sink.

– A whopping 5,000mAh battery paired to a Snapdragon 625 for incredible battery life. 

– So much more you’re just going to have to wait for the review.