Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom hands-on at CES 2017

by Myriam Joire on January 5, 2017

Asus delighted everyone today at CES 2017 with not one, but two new Android smartphones. The Zenfone 3 Zoom follows in the footsteps of the original Zenfone Zoom, but instead of using a variable 3x optical zoom it uses a two-lens setup similar to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus.

The primary rear camera uses a 12MP Sony sensor with 1.4-micron pixels, dual-pixel phase detection AF, and a super fast f/1.7 lens with OIS — similar in specs to Samsung’s Galaxy S7. The secondary rear shooter uses 12-megapixel sensor and a fixed 2.3x optical zoom lens. Asus says the handset supports 12x digital zoom, 0.03-second autofocus speeds, and a bokeh-enhancing feature similar to the iPhone 7 Plus’ portrait mode.

In front there’s a 5.5-inch 1080p display 13MP f/2.0 selfie camera, but what’s more interesting is that the Zenfone 3 Zoom packs a super efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC with 4GB of RAM and a massive 5000mAh battery. As such, we expect this 7.9mm thick phone to be a battery life champ. As for storage, there’s up to 128GB built-in with support for microSD.

Other features include a fingerprint reader in the back, capacitive buttons below the screen, a headphone jack, and a USB Type-C connector at the bottom. Asus was pretty shy on pricing details, but the handset is supposed to ship in February.