ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom has a wide angle and an optical zoom camera plus 5,000 mAh battery; arrives on April 6

The dual-rear camera powerbank ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom arrives in the Philippines on April 6. The sequel to the ZenFone Zoom, the ZenFone 3 Zoom combines a wide angle lens camera (which is the LG G5 and G6’s specialty) and a 2.3x optical zoom camera plus a hefty and fast-charging 5,000 mAh battery. The F1.7 aperture lens of the wide angle camera is designed to capture low light photos with clarity and its combo with the optical zoom camera can create a depth of field effect, or bokeh (Huawei’s often bannered feature of their dual camera line up). The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 plus 4GB RAM assures smooth performance. Meanwhile, its 5.5-inch Full HD display is AMOLED (a feature Samsung phones are known for) and enjoys Gorilla Glass 5 protection. If priced well, and if the cameras are good, the ZenFone 3 Zoom might be a worthy flagship.

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) Full Specs

  • 5.5 Inch FHD AMOLED 1920 x 1080 resolution w/ Bluelight filter, 2.5D curved glass, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection at 401 ppi
  • 2.0 GHz 64 Bit Snapdragon 625 octa core processor | Adreno 506 | 4GB
  • 64GB internal storage, up to 128GB via micro SD slot
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP f/1.7 Sony IMX362 w/ 25 mm wide angle lens
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP Sony f/2.8 w/ 56 mm lens for 2.3x optical zoom w/ Tri-tech AF, 4 Axis OIS, 3 Axis EIS, 4K video recording and dual tone LED flash
  • Selfie Camera: 13 MP f/2.0 Sony IMX214 w/ wide angle lens and screen flash
  • 5,000 mAh w/ Quick Charge 3.0
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ ZenUI 3.0
  • WiFi, 3G, LTE w/ VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM (hybrid)
  • Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, proximity, light, RGB, IR
  • Fingerprint sensor, USB Type C, High-res audio certified (24 bit / 192 kHz)
  • 154.3 x 77 x 7.99 mm | 170 g
  • Comes in Navy Black, Glacier Silver, and Rose Gold
  • Price: To be announced

Perhaps the only features the ZenFone 3 Zoom doesn’t have are water resistance, a dual front camera with LED flash, and high fidelity audio. But hey, a man can dream.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for