After Asus introduced the ZenFone 3 Zoom mid-range smartphone with 2.3x optical zoom at CES 2017 in January, the company first distributed its products in Taiwan last month. Currently, the company likely expands the market in Malaysia. Indeed, the ZenFone 3 Zoom are being sold online with a price of around $474 at DirectD for RM 2099 or customers can directly purchase from domestic stores. Still, it is pitiful that there are now no color options available except for the Black version.
The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom sports a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution, which gives a pixel density of PPI. Thanks to the protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 5’s layer on top, the smartphone is regarded as one of the first mid-range handsets to utilize Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The deivce is also powered by the Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 octa-core 64-bit SoC clocked at 2GHz with Adreno 506 for handling graphic. The chipset is packed with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, which can be expandable up to 256GB.
The primary USP is a dual-camera setup at the back. Among dual 12 MP sensors, the former sensor is paired to an f/1.7 aperture 25mm lens, while the later one is paired with a 59mm f/2.8 aperture lens. More interestingly, the ZenFone 3 Zoom provides shooting 4K resolution videos. Meanwhile, on the front is a 13MP snapper with 1.12 micron sized pixels and 1080p Full HD video capture.
In terms of connectivity, Asus offers us various options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, GPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, FM radio, USB Type-C port, and 4G LTE. Moreover, with an enormous 5000mAh capacity battery inside, the ZenFone 3 Zoom can well compete with many other opponents. However, there is a minus as the device just runs on the outdated Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS.