Recently Asus introduced its new smartphone which is Asus Zenfone Zoom in Indian Market. Asus Zenfone Zoom as the name suggest, is the smartphone with a huge camera at its back which offers 3X optical Zoom in this compact design. The Phone become famous just because of the camera which they are offering.Best Camera Smartphone? Let’s check in Asus Zenfone Zoom Review.

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UnBoxing & First Look

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So, when we come to the Box of the Device it has the ASUS Branding on the top and a Zing as well which flatters the Huge camera on the back of the smartphone and nothing else.

When we open up the box firstly you Receive the Device itself and when we take it ion our hand the first impression which comes in the mind is “Quite Bulky” just because of its huge camera sensor which they are offering. The back feel like a leather but it is not actually leather, it just pretend us to be leather.

The box also comes with a leather strap which is really required with this device while taking picture using camera shutter button.

Next it comes with a Asus Branding earphones which most of the devices these days wont offer you.

A Quick charger at  5 Volt 2amp Charging speed and with a Normal Micro USB Cable. and some Paper work like manuals, warranty card etc.

Built Quality and Design

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From the front, the ZenFone Zoom looks similar like ZenFone 2 and the ZenFone 2 Laser . It has standard front design with capacitive buttons which wont light up. Just turn it over, and it’s a completely different story which you will see.

The back of the ZenFone Zoom looks more like a pocket camera or we can say a Point & shoot camera. It has familiar brushed leather texture you find on many DSLR cameras, and you can just by seeing it can tell that this is no ordinary camera phone. ASUS Zenfone Zoom is worlds first ever smartphone to come with 3x Optical Zoom which is build by 10-element lenses by HOYA.
Zenfone Zoom has improved Pixel Master 2.0 and Laser Auto Focus technology that allows you to give splendid image clarity.

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At the Right, there are volume keys which can be used to zoom in-out,power on-off buttons as well as has buttons for capture picture and record videos.

The Device comes with the Thickness off 11.95 mm which is not much when we compare it with such camera, where as company claims that, this device is thinnest in all its range as it is the only one who offers 3X Optical zoom.

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At the bottom,there is a micro usb fast charging port which boosts the phone charging speed.

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The device weight comes to around 201 grams but the company claims it is about 185 grams don’t know why.

Display

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When we come to the Display of the device it comes with 5.5″ Full HD IPS LCD display with Gorilla glass 4 mounted on top of it for it safety and scratch resistance.

The Pixel Density it offers is 403, which is great. The viewing angles and sharpness is decent too. When we use it in daylight we need to increase brightness a little bit to get the exact visibility in it.

Software

When we come on to the software, ASUS offers ZEN UI over Android 5.0 lollipop, which is a smooth UI with no lag obviously as the device comes with 4GB RAM out of which we get about 2 GB Ram.

You get N Number of softwares which are pre installed on the device, and need to be uninstalled most of them as they never come in use.

The best app i found is ZenScale in which you can measure a distance upto 50mm, this all can be possible just by using the Laser focus which is there on the back of the device.

Overall the UI is Smooth like a butter.

Camera

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Now finally the camera of the device, which is the Main focus on it. It comes with 13MP rear and 5MP front camera. It comes with Laser Focus technology that focuses really very fast. Improved camera sensor gives you best low light image.It has dual Led Flash.
It has a 10 element HOYA lens to give you the crisp detail. Improved OIS gives a lot of room to click best picture at 3x optical Zoom. The Optical Image Stabilizer allows you to give perfect picture even at motion. They have also improved the ISO to 3200, which is quite higher as compared to any other camera smartphones and can also be adjusted while in the manual mode of recording videos which we can on,y find in DSLR. not in any default camer app.

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Specifications

General

  • Device Type
    Touchscreen
  • Model
    ZX551ML-1A055IN
  • WaterproofWater-proof or water-resistant describes objects relatively unaffected by water or resisting the ingress of water under specified conditions. Such items may be used in wet environments or under water to specified depths. Waterproofing describes making an object waterproof or water-resistant (such as a camera, watch or mobile phone)
    No
  • Announced
    02 December 2015
  • Released
    24 December 2015
  • Status
    Available
  • Price
    37,999 (128 GB)

Design

  • TypeDesign Type called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones.
    Bar
  • Dimensions
    158.9 x 78.84 x 5 ~ 11.95 mm (WxDxH)
  • Weight
    185 g (with battery)
  • Protection
    Scratch Resistant Corning® Glass with anti-fingerprint coating, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
  • Colors
    Black/White

Network

  • 2G Network
    850MHz/900MHz/1800MHz/1900MHz
  • 3G Network
    850MHz(5)/850MHz(6)/900MHz(8)/1900MHz(2) /2100MHz(1)
  • 4G Network
    FDD-LTE:
    2100MHz(1)/1900MHz(2)/1800MHz(3)/850MHz(5)/2600MHz(7)/900MHz(8)/1800MHz(9)/800MHz(18)/850MHz(19)/700MHz(28)
    TDD-LTE:
    2600MHz(38)/1900MHz(39)/2300MHz(40)/2500MHz(41)
  • SIMSIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.
    Micro SIM
  • Dual SIM
    No

Display

  • Display TypeDisplay Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)
    Full HD IPS
  • Size
    5.5 inches
  • Resolution
    1920x1080
  • Display ColorsDisplay Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.
    16M
  • Pixel DensityPixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.
    403 PPI
  • Touch Screen
    Yes
  • Display ProtectionDisplay Protection => Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.
    Scratch Resistant Corning® Glass 4
  • Features
    Supports GloveTouch input, 72% screen to body ratio, 400nits brightness, ASUS TrueVivid Full Screen Lamination technology, 178˚ viewing angle
  • Secondary Display
    no

Media

  • Audio Playback
    Stereo speakers Sonic master 2.0
  • Video Playback
    .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .avi, .mkv Recording: .mp4
  • FM Radio
    YES
  • Alert Types
    Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker
    YES
  • Handsfree
    YES

Camera

  • PrimaryCamera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.
    13 MP Auto Focus 0.03 second laser auto-focus Close-up macro photography (5 cm)
  • Video
    Full HD Video recording 1080p30 capture / 1080p60 capture
  • Camera Features
    LED Flash
    F4.8 Aperture
    PixelMaster
    dual-color Real Tone flash
    Back Light (HDR) mode with ASUS PixelEnhancing Technology for up to 400% brighter , and evenly exposed photos
    Low Light mode with ASUS PIxelMaseter Technology for up to 400% brighter photos and videos
    Manual Mode for DSLR-like camera detail settings
    Super resolution mode for up to 52 X resolution photos
    Real Time Beautification
    Night mode
    Depth of field
    Selfie mode
    Photo Effects
    Panorama mode
    Miniature
    Time Rewind
    Smart Remove
    All Smiles
    Time Lapse
    3X optical zoom / 12X total zoom
    4 Stop OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
    10P HOYA lens
    10 -element lens
  • FlashFlash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration)
    Dual-color Real Tone flash
  • Secondary
    5 Mega-Pixel Wide View F2.0 Aperture PixelMaster Low Light mode Real Time Beautification Photo Effects Time Lapse Selfie Panorama (up to 140 ˚) HDR mode GIF animation

Software

  • Operating SystemOS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.
    Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
  • User InterfaceUI or user interface of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface.
    Asus ZenUI 2.0
  • Java SupportJava for Mobile Devices is a set of technologies that let developers deliver applications and services to all types of mobile handsets, ranging from price efficient feature-phones to the latest smartphones. Java is currently running on over 3 billion phones worldwide, and growing. It offers unrivaled potential for the distribution and monetization of mobile applications.
    YES
  • FacebookFacebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. The site is available in 37 different languages.
  • YoutubeYoutube is a popular free video-sharing website, Youtube is the largest video sharing site in the world, Millions of users around the world have created accounts on the site that allow them to upload videos that anyone can watch.

Hardware

  • ChipsetChipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
    Intel® Atom™ Quad Core Z3590 64-bit
  • CPUCPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.
    2.5GHz Quad Core
  • GPUGPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.
    Gfx 6 Series (6430 PowerVR 640MHz)
  • RAM (Memory)RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
    64-bit Dual-Channel 4GB
  • Internal StorageInternal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    Internal:128 GB
  • Card SlotMemory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.
    microSD, upto 128 GB
  • Fingerprint ScannerFingerprint recognition or fingerprint authentication refers to the automated method of verifying a match between two human fingerprints. Fingerprints are one of many forms of bio metrics used to identify individuals and verify their identity.
  • SoundSound is a vibration that propagates as a typically audible mechanical wave of pressure and displacement, through a medium such as air or water.
    Sonic Master 2.0 (Five- Magnet speaker) (AudioWizard 2.0 ICEPower) (NoiseZero Talk Technology)
  • SensorsSensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.
    Accelerator/E-Compass/Gyroscope/Proximity/Ambient Light Sensor/Hall Sensor

Connectivity

  • BluetoothBluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
    Bluetooth V4.0+EDR +A2DP
  • InfraredInfrared connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range.
  • Wi-fiWi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
    WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • Wifi DirectWi-Fi Direct, initially called Wi-Fi P2P, is a Wi-Fi standard enabling devices to easily connect with each other without requiring a wireless access point.
  • USB
    Micro USB 2.0
  • GPSGPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.
    GPS/GLONASS/QZSS/SBAS/BDS
  • NFCNFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
  • HDMIHDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.
  • Wireless ChargingWireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device.
    NO

Data

  • GPRSGPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • EDGEEDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • Speed
    UMTS/WCDMA/FDD-LTE
  • Web BrowserWeb Browser => a web browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, images, video and other files, The primary function of a web browser is to render HTML, the code used to design or markup webpages.
    Default web browser

Messaging

  • SMSSMS (Short Messaging Service) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications protocols to allow mobile phone devices to exchange short text messages over the networks.
    Yes (threaded view)
  • MMSMMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content (audio clips, video clips and images) to and from mobile phones over wireless networks using the WAP protocol.
  • EmailEmail (Electronic Mail) is a system for receiving, sending, and storing electronic messages, Similar to a letter, email is text messages that may contain files, images, or other attachments sent via the internet to a recipient by using applications and software prograps. An email address is required to receive email, and that address is unique to the user.
  • IMIM (Instant Messaging) is an exchange of text messages through a software application, it enable you to create a kind of private chat room with another individual in order to communicate in real time over the Internet.
    YES

Battery

  • Battery TypeBattery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Poly (Lithium Polymer)
  • CapacityBattery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.
    3000 mAh
  • Fast ChargingFast Charging is the speed at which a device can charge
    YES
  • StandbyStandby Time is the total amount of time that you can leave your is fully charged, turned on and ready to send and receive calls or data transmissions before completely discharging the battery.
    upto 2 days
  • Talk TimeTalk Time is the longest time that a single battery charge will last when you are constantly talking on the phone under perfect conditions, Ambient temperature and highly dependent on the cellular network environment such as the distance to the closest cell network tower.
    8 hours

Sensors

  • Compass
  • Magnetometer
  • Gravity Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Light Sensor
  • Infrared Sensor
  • Fingerprint ScannerFingerprint recognition or fingerprint authentication refers to the automated method of verifying a match between two human fingerprints. Fingerprints are one of many forms of bio metrics used to identify individuals and verify their identity.
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall Sensor

Benchmark

  • AntutuAnTuTu Benchmark is a comprehensive Android Benchmarking application. It includes "Memory Performance", "CPU Integer Performance", "CPU Floating Point Performance", "2D 3D Graphics Performance", "SD card read-write speed", "Database IO" performance testing.
    47257
  • 3D Mark3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark your hardware in one app
    20,000
  • Geekbench 3Geekbench 3 is Primate Labs' cross-platform processor benchmark, with a new scoring system that separates single-core and multi-core performance
    2922 multi core 960 single core

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