Asus seemed to be one of the busiest manufacturers at CES 2017, since they introduced a couple of very interesting smartphones, one of them being the Zenfone 3 Zoom, which could be a serious threat to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, at least in terms of camera.
It features a dual-camera setup on the back, with optical zoom, with 2.3x magnification and, just like Apple’s model does, it uses both lenses to create a bokeh effect, blurring the background of your snapshots and keeping the subject in focus.
To be more specific, this setup consists in two 12 MP lens, with auto focus, OIS and EIS. However, one of them is relying on Sony’x IMX362 sensor, with a wide angle and f/1.27 aperture.
Besides the fancy special effects, the camera on the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom has three different focusing modes: Dual Pixel phase detection, laser, and continuous. As for the auto focus, the phone needs just 0.03 seconds in order to do it.
Spec-wise, it’s a pretty slim handset, rocking a full HD 5.5″ touchscreen, protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. A Snapdragon 625 system-on-chip is in charge with powering this smartphone, while a 5000 mAh battery keeps the lights on for the whole day. OK, we must admit that we’re impressed about the battery capacity, but it’s somehow normal, since this smartphone is aimed at photography enthusiasts, who will quickly drain it.
The biggest downside of the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom is the operating system, which isn’t Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat, but 6.0 Marshmallow.
The phone will be available in February, when more details about it will be revealed.