Asus Zenfone Zoom ZX55ML – 3x Optical Zoom on a Smartphone, also gets a huge price drop

The Asus Zenfone Zoom is the big alternative to the Asus Zenfone 2, a novelty Smartphone that offers 3x Optical Zoom. It also takes a huge price drop making it a great deal

The Asus Zenfone Zoom with the camera as its selling point, makes an intriguing outlook at having a Optical Zoom on a Smartphone Camera. Although this was done before with the Samsung Zoom but did not fair well because it was huge and kind of clunky. But so far, the Asus Zoom has managed to make it smaller or more compact. But is the image quality much better? Not really if you compare it to other phones in its price point. But now at less than $200, the value is much more appealing especially to most budget conscious consumers.

Highlights of the Asus Zenfone Zoom:

  • 3x Optical Zoom
  • 13 MP Camera
  • 10 element HOYA Lens, PixelMaster 2.0
  • 4x Stops OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
  • 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC
  • SonicMaster 2.0 Audio
  • Dual Band WiFi, Cat4 LTE
  • Powered by Intel Atom Z3580
  • 3000mAh battery

Cons:

  • Camera isn’t all hyped to be
  • ZenUI loads of Bloatwares
  • Performs inconsistencies especially on gaming
  • Average Battery Life
  • No 4K video option
SpecsAsus Zenfone Zoom ZX55ML
Chipset Intel Atom Z3580 Quad Core 2.3GHz
GPU: PowerVR 6430 640MHz
MemoryRAM: 4 GB
ROM: 64 GB eMMC
OSZen UI
Display5.5 inch IPS
1920 x 1080 pixels, 403ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Main Camera13 MP, HOYA 10 Element Lens
3x Optical Zoom
4 Stops OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
PixelMaster 2.0
Laser Autofocus, CAP
Dual Tone Dual LED
Front Camera5.0 MP
NetworkSingle Micro SIM
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 700/800/850/900/1800/1900/2100/2600MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0
Dual Band WiFi 2.4/5GHz
MicroUSB 2.0 (OTG)
GPSGPS/A-GPS/GLONASS and BDS
SensorsGravity, Light, Proximity, Accelerometer, Hall, Gyroscope, Compass
Dimensions158.9 x 78.8 x 12mm
Weight: 185g
Battery3000mAh

WHERE TO BUY? (May 14)

Asus Zenfone Zoom ZX55ML retails at $236 – Buy here

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Camera as its selling point, falls a bit short, but drops in prices make it a better deal

The Zenfone Zoom is obviously marketed on the camera as its main feature. But it it’s not really an impressive camera to say the least, but an upgrade over the Asus Zenfone 2 of course. The Optical Zoom works, Optical Image Stabilization also works fine but only limited to 1080p. The image quality is pretty much above average but you would expect more from a camera centric phone. It does have some bright spots, the inner workings of the Optical Zoom (mechanical sound) can be heard if you use it, and images is quite different compared to Digital Zoom. Although I was only able to test the phone from a friend for a short time. Anyway, probably the biggest plus for this Smartphone is the price drop, at a more competitive price, it pits it against other mid-range Smartphone, a more likely competition which budget consumers will likely love.

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