Asus recently introduced Zenfone Zoom, which it first showcased at CES last year, with a big launch bash. The phone feature Asus’s most advanced camera optics till date. As we pointed out in our first impression of this Intel-powered smartphone, it relies heavily on its camera. We have been using it for almost a week now and have tested almost inside out of the phone. Here’s what we have come to realize about Asus Zenfone Zoom:

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Key Specifications of Asus Zenfone Zoom:

Model Asus Zenfone Zoom
Display 5.5-inch IPS HD display, 12080x720p, Gorilla Glass 4
Processor 2.5 GHz quad core Intel Atom processor Z3590
RAM 4GB LPDDR3 RAM
Internal Storage 128GB internal memory, 128GB MicroSD card support
Software Android 5.0 Lollipop based Zen UI
Battery 3000 mAh, fast charging
Rear Camera 13MP Panasonic sensor, 10p Hoya lens, aperture range from f/2.7 to f/4.8, true tone flash, OIS, laser AF (claims 0.3 sec)
Front Camera 5MP camera, F2.0 lens
Others 4G, 3G, 2G, WiFi, Bluetooth and micro USB, NFC
Price 37,999 INR

 

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Display:

Question: How’s the display of Asus Zenfone Zoom?

Answer: Well looking from close quarters, the display looks pretty cool to us. The 5.5-inch display produces sharp colorful images with accuracy. In terms of technical details, the display has a 1920x1080p pixels resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protective shield. It offers extremely wide viewing angles and sunlight legibility is also top notch.

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Question: Does Asus Zenfone Zoom features QHD or FHD display?

Answer: The Zenfone Zoom comes with a full HD display. However, you will be hard-pressed to differentiate it from QHD counterparts with naked eys.

Question: Does the display features any Gorilla Glass Coating?

Answer: Yes, Asus has placed a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 coating on top of the 5.5-inch display. The Gorilla Glass comes handy in protecting from minor scratches from keys and other stuff in pockets.

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Built Quality and Looks:

Question: Does Asus Zenfone Zoom has a plastic back?

Answer: The chassis of Asus Zenfone Zoom is made from Aeronautical grade Aluminum. The back panel is made of plastic which has leather stitched on top of it.

Question: The back cover of Zenfone Zoom is removable or not?

Answer: Yes, users are allowed to remove the back cover, but battery is sealed inside.

Question: Does it features curved edges or sharp edges?

Answer: Zenfone Zoom has curved and chamfered side edges running all around the edges.

Question: Are navigation buttons on Zenfone Zoom backlit?

Answer: Nope, the keys are not backlit. However, buttons are shiny and reflective so it is easy to notice them in dim lighting as well.

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Question: How comfortable is it while holding or using with a single hand?

Answer: The phone has decent canvas size so it is difficult for people with small mitts to use it with one hand. However, Asus in its ZenUI has added an option for one-handed operation where workable screen size can be adjusted according to individual’s liking.

Question: What are the dimensions of Asus Zenfone Zoom and its weight?

Answer: In terms of dimensions, it has overall dimensions of 158.9 x 78.8 x 12 mm and weighs 185 grams in total.

Question: Does it have LED notification light?

Answer: Yes, it includes a multicolored LED notification light.

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Network and Connectivity:

Question: Does it come with dual SIM Slot?

Answer: No, Phone only supports Single Micro SIM card and microSD card.

Question: Can Indian users enjoy 4G LTE speeds with Zenfone Zoom?
Answer: Yes, for Indian users enjoy 4G speeds as it supports LTE Cat 4.

Question: Does it feature support NFC, Android Beam and Wi-Fi?

Answer: Yes, it does support NFC, Android Beam and Wi-Fi.

Question: Can we create a Digital Media Server with Asus Zenfone Zoom?

Answer: Yes, there is an option to enable Digital Media Server under Wireless & networks option.

Question: It support USB Type- C or Micro USB Type A?

Answer: Asus Zenfone Zoom comes with Micro USB Type A. Type-C port is something which is quickly becoming a new industry standard.

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Camera:

Question: How’s the camera performance of Zenfone Zoom?

Answer: Camera in the Asus Zenfone Zoom is biggest assets. It is certainly one of the best android camera available on the market. The phone is packed with a 13-megapixel primary camera which is paired with Laser Auto focus, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and dual tone LED flash. Selfie camera at the front also does a decent job in capturing images for Social media.

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Question:  How’s the performance of Optical Zoom against Digital Zoom? Is it convenient to use?

Answer: Zoom in the name of Asus Zenfone stands for the 3X optical Zoom which this phone has to offer. In optical zoom camera’s lens extends itself to capture images more closely. Whereas, in digital zoom, phone crops down to image by maintaining same aspect ratio.

Yes, with Optical Zoom people can capture better images without compromising on details. You can conveniently Zoom-in and Zoom-out using the volume rocker. Dedicated shutter and video recording buttons are also present for further ease of operation.

Question: What are the modes available in default camera app?

Answer: The default camera app has various mode to offer. Here are the images of camera UI and options.

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Hardware, UI and Performance:

Question: How Much free RAM is available at the time of first boot?

Answer: At the time of first boot 2.3 GB is available to the user.

Question: How Much Free Internal Storage is Available at the time of first boot?

Answer: Out of 128GB, a user gets to use 112GB storage. Remaining 16.48GB is reserved for the system. It also supports microSD card.

Question: Can users move apps to SD card on Asus Zenfone Zoom?

Answer: Yes, users are allowed to partially move apps to SD card.

Question: How much did Zenfone Zoom scores on Benchmark tests?

Answer: Answer- Here are some benchmark scores.

Benchmark Standard Score
Antutu 63,783
Nenamarks 2 59.7fps
Vellamo Metal, Multicore 1529, 1554
Quadrant 23656

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Question: Does Zenfone Zoom have any heating issue?

Answer: We have spent almost a week with this phone and under various test but didn’t notice any heating issue with the phone.

Question: How is the battery life on this phone?

Answer:  Asus ZenFone Zoom delivers decent battery life for a heavy user. For us, on a single charge, it lasted for good 12 hours with full brightness.  The best part is it comes bundled with a fast charger which charges more than 60% battery in just 30 minutes.

Question: Are users allowed to remove the battery in this phone?

Answer: Nope users are not allowed to remove the battery. If a user forcefully does so, it will void his warranty.

Question: How many sensors are present in Zenfone Zoom?

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Question: Does it feature a fingerprint sensor?

Answer: Unfortunately no. Perhaps with the big camera assembly, room inside was pretty tight and a fingerprint sensor module wasn’t an option for Asus.

Question: How is the software and User Interface?

Answer: Asus Zenfone Zoom comes out of the box running on ZenUI which is customized version Android 5.0 Lollipop. The phone is supported by themes which let users to decide how they want to customize their phone.

We didn’t notice any bugs in the software so far and have already received one major security update since we started using this phone.

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Miscellaneous:

Question: How’s the call quality in this phone?

Answer: In our area, call reception and outgoing quality is excellent. We didn’t notice any single drops or any other issue with call quality.

Question: What size of SIM card does it support?

Answer: It supports on Micro SIM.

Question: Can we use OTG cable with its phone?

Answer: Yes, the phone supports OTA cable.

Question: Does it support rapid charging?

Answer: Yes, the phone comes bundled with a fast charger.

Question: How loud is the loudspeaker of the phone?

Answer: The sound reproduction quality of the phone is satisfactory.

Question: What comes inside the box of Zenfone Zoom?

Answer: Inside the box, we found a Handset, Headset, 2 Ampere Charger, USB Cable, User Manual and Warranty Card.

Conclusion:

Asus Zenfone Zoom delivers an uncompromised performance in day to day life. Over the year, hard work Asus has put in the camera hardware of the phone seems to have paid off very well. Having said that, the phone lacks many things which have become elementary stuff in 2016. For a phone carrying a price tag of Rs. 38K and not sporting some basic things like a fingerprint sensor and USB-Type C could be a potential deal-breaker in 2016.

The Asus Zenfone Zoom is the best we have witness from Asus especially in terms of primary camera. Still Asus needs to put in a lot more to justify that price tag or to compete with the likes of Nexus 6P, Galaxy S6, etc. which are available for more or less the same price, offers better hardware and equally good cameras. Watch out the space for our detailed review.

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