At their CES 2015 conference ASUS announced a new line of high-end phones including the already discussed Zenfone 2 with mouth-watering 4GB RAM and the ZenFone Zoom with outstanding camera shooter. The ASUS ZenFone Zoom features great optics parameters like 10 element lenses and snapper with 3X optical zoom which makes it work like a real camera. Running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, the ZenFone Zoom is reported to be available in the second quarter of 2015 priced at $399.
ASUS ZenFone Zoom with massive camera
The ASUS ZenFone Zoom best selling point is definitely its massive camera shooter located on the phone’s back which makes it look like a Nokia Lumia 1020 sibling. This powerful 13-megapixel snapper houses pro-like optic parameters. The already mentioned 10 element lens packed into and aluminum case combines the 3X optical zoom, OIS tech, macro mode (macro close-up can be taken from the distance of 5cm), laser auto-focus system, ISO and full manual mode with professional control over white balance.
All the features deliver users an unprecedented real camera-like photo experience closed in a small body of a phone. Naturally, as you’ve probably already noticed, the laser auto-focus technology isn’t a completely new invention, since we may find it in handsets like the LG G3 and announced yesterday LG G Flex 2, but still the optical zoom is rather an unique feature in smartphones.
Other than that, the ZenFone Zoom also a 5-megapixel front facing camera and a 5.5-inch full HD screen on the device’s board. The smartphone is powered by 3,000 mAh battery and houses support for LTE connectivity compatible with AT&T bands in the US.
As for the design, the ZenFone Zoom is quite an attractive looking device, but its black cover its definitely not as eye-catching as the optimistic bright color covers offered by the Nokia zooming PureView series. On the software side, the phone will run on the ASUS-made ZenUI installed on the top of the already mentioned Android Lollipop. This OS combination includes support for touch gestures, which means you will be able to open apps by sketching a letter or a symbol on the device’s screen with your fingertip.
Though ASUS announced that the ZenFone Zoom is scheduled to hit the market in the second quarter of 2015, so far they didn’t give any specific release date nor any details concerning the US launch plans. The unlocked version of the handset will be available for something round $399.