The Asus Zenfone 2 was a welcome mobile phone offering from the Taiwanese company. The phone was an incarnation that sends a clear message to other mobile phone companies in that mobile phones with impressive specs need not be expensive.
Along with the Zenfone 2, Asus also released a variety of other different options as well, most of them having focus on different fields.
In this article, we are going to talk about the Asus Zenfone Zoom. This phone aims to provide a great mobile phone camera experience. This phone also hopes to eliminate the need to bring a dedicated camera with you at all times if you want to snap images of just about anything in your life.
So, let’s start off with the design. The Asus Zenfone Zoom values looks more than practicality. The phone has an aluminum frame that adds to the premium feel of the phone. It’s got no physical buttons on the front and the power and volume controls are located on the right side of the phone.
On the back side, you will find the phone’s main feature, the rear camera. It is not unobtrusive, though, as the camera really looks like another camera slapped in on the back of the phone.
It does add a little bit of thickness to the phone but it is not something that will not fit in your pocket.
Speaking of the back cover, it is made of faux leather design with some stitches added to it to really make it look as if it is made of genuine leather. Although it does add to the stylistic form factor, I am not a fan of the faux leather design.
You see, the faux leather design is kind of a bane for people who have sweaty hands. And if you happen to have sweaty palms, this phone’s back cover can deteriorate at a much faster rate.
The Asus Zenfone Zoom comes with a 5.5-inch IPS display panel with a resolution of 1080×1920 and a pixel density of 401ppi. Although I am a big fan of IPS display panels, there is a slight problem with the firmware. The brightness controls aren’t that effective as compared to other midrange mobile phones.
If you’re looking to use the auto brightness feature, you will find that it doesn’t ramp up the brightness that much, probably because it is more of a battery saving feature above anything else.
Asus has been known to put an Intel processor for their mobile phones and it also holds true with this one. The Asus Zenfone Zoom comes with the Intel Atom Z3590 which is a quad-core processor that is clocked at 2.5GHz. Furthermore, the phone is also equipped with the PowerVR G6430 and a hefty 4GB of RAM.
The performance aspect of the phone is no slouch, although it still does not beat the flagship mobile phones. Still, lag is pretty much non-existent, though, you may find that this phone has trouble with 3D-intensive games (a limitation of the GPU hardware).
Now, let’s focus on the main feature of the phone which is the camera. The Asus Zenfone Zoom comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera that is able to adjust its aperture from f/2.7 and f/4.8 depending on the need and the situation.
The camera also has the optical image stabilization technology that greatly reduces any blur when taking photos.
There are also two modes you can choose from: manual and auto mode. For most users, you may just want to stick with the auto mode as it does everything for you automatically. But, if you want more granular control of the image quality and other settings, the manual mode is for you.
Lastly, the Asus Zenfone Zoom is capable of 4G LTE connectivity. Time and again, get a mobile phone signal booster to ensure optimal connectivity at all times.
The Asus Zenfone Zoom is a good midrange phone and if you’re someone who is looking for a great camera in a mobile phone, considering getting this one.