ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom officially in the PH on April 6

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It’s a date! The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is officially coming to the Philippines on April 6, 2017.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is coming

When the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom was announced, we had an inkling that it was just a matter of time before it arrived in the Philippines. And now, there’s a launch date — April 6, 2017. 

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom

The original Zoom was (more or less) a breakthrough in smartphone optical zoom technology. The device used a 10-element lens setup to provide up to 3-times lossless optical zoom. It was clunky and okay at best. This time though, ASUS intends to build on top of what it started using a different approach.

The ZenFone 3 Zoom features a two 12MP camera system powered by Sony IMX362 sensors. The zoom effect will be similar to how Apple does it on the iPhone 7 Plus (which by the way, I surprisingly enjoy and love). It will use the second lens to provide the 2.3-times optical zoom, with no need for motors effectively eliminating the bulk that made its predecessor so clunky.

One of the main draws of the system, I surmise, is how the two lenses can also be used to provide bokeh effects when taking photos.

Midrange Smartphone Super Zoom

As previously stated, the ZenFone 3 Zoom‘s specs though, are midrange. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, paired with 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU. The phone also features a metal unibody build and fronts a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. It also packs a large 5,000 mAh battery (a Godsend if it at least comes close to Max standby times).

As always, there is limited information regarding availability and price. And as excited as I am to get my hands on one, buying it could be out of reach as I think this one will command a premium.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) Specs:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED Display (1920 x 1080), Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 2.0 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • Up to 128GB Storage +microSD via 2nd SIM Slot
  • Dual 12MP Main Camera w/ Sony IMX362 Sensor, Dual LED Flash, 1/2.55” Sensor, 1.4um Pixel Size
    • Secondary Zoom Camera 2.3X Optical Zoom, 59mm Focal Length, Up to 12x Digital Zoom
  • 13MP Front Camera w/ 1/3.06” Sony IMX214 Sensor, 1.12um Pixel Size
  • ASUS TriTech+ Auto Focus System (Laser, OIS, EIS)
  • Dual Nano SIM, Dual Standby
  • LTE
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v4.2
  • USB Type-C
  • DTS
  • FM Radio
  • Fingerprint Sensor, IR Sensor
  • Android 6.0 w/ ASUS ZenUI 3.0
  • 5,000mAh
  • Dimensions: 6.07 x 3.03 x .31 in; 170 g
  • Colors: Navy Black, Glacier Silver, Rose Gold

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Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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