The ASUS ZenFone Zoom is finally a cameraphone on the market, after so long without a model in this segment and we’ve just received it for testing purposes. The device is priced at $529 on Amazon and it’s taken out of the box below.
The device debuted in December 2015 and it stands out as the slimmest smartphone with 3x optical zoom. Inside the box we find a lanyard, external flash called ZenFlash, that attaches magnetically to the phone and connects via USB, plus the charger, USB cable, headphones and manual. The handset is available in black or white and it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Zen UI on top.
It weighs 185 grams and measures from 5 mm to 11.95 mm in thickness from the slimmest to the thickest point. Inside we find the quad core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, as well as 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a 3000 mAh battery. There’s also a 5.5 inch Full HD screen in the mix, plus the star of the show, the 13 megapixel back camera with laser focus, dual LED flash, OIS and 3x optical zoom.
The same cam has Hoya lenses and a Panasonic sensor. Upfront there’s a 5 MP shooter for selfies and the handset integrates special photo and video capture buttons on the side. We’ll be back with a full review soon. You can find the updated price here.