Zenfone 3 Zoom gets portrait mode, live beauty camera in Nougat update


Zenfone 3 Zoom Portrait Mode uses computational photography to capture photos with blurred background, simulating the shallow depth of field in DSLR cameras (un-edited photo captured with a Zenfone 3 Zoom)
Zenfone 3 Zoom Portrait Mode uses computational photography to capture photos with blurred background, simulating the shallow depth of field in DSLR cameras (un-edited photo captured with a Zenfone 3 Zoom)

PHILIPPINES – ASUS has rolled out an update for the Zenfone 3 Zoom, bringing the smartphone’s operating system to version 7, or Android Nougat.

Zenfone 3 Zoom running Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Zenfone 3 Zoom running Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)

The update was made available as an OTA (on-the-air) download. Details of the release were posted on the Zentalk forum. Several major changes were introduced in the update, including a revamped PixelMaster camera that supports “portrait mode” and RAW file format support.

BUY: Zenfone 3 Zoom (Php 23,995) on Lazada

The latest update to the Zenfone 3 Zoom replaces the DoF mode with Portrait Mode
The latest update to the Zenfone 3 Zoom replaces the DoF mode with Portrait Mode

Portrait Mode replaces the DoF (depth of field) effect on the Zenfone 3 Zoom. By utilizing the two rear cameras, the software calculates the background areas which can then be selectively blurred.

This results in photos with shallow depth of field, similar to those found in DSLR cameras and on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Zenfone 3 Zoom portrait mode sample photo (un-edited photo captured with a Zenfone 3 Zoom)
Zenfone 3 Zoom portrait mode sample photo (un-edited photo captured with a Zenfone 3 Zoom)

The Zenfone 3 Zoom also receives the Beauty Live effect along with the update. First introduced in the Zenfone Live, the feature allows users to take live videos with the beauty filters enabled, resulting in smooth-looking skin.

ASUS revealed the Google Daydream and Google Tango-ready Zenfone AR last June. It is the first virtual reality and augmented reality smartphone from ASUS.

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) tech specs & price (Philippines)

  • Build: 154.3 x 77 x 8 mm all aluminum
  • SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display: 5.5-inches 1920 x 1080 pixels AMOLED (Gorilla Glass 5)
  • OS: Android 6.0.1 w/ ASUS ZenUI 3.0
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
  • CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 506
  • Expansion: MicroSD (uses 2nd SIM slot)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 32/64/128GB ROM
  • Camera (primary): Dual 12 MP, (25mm, f/1.7, OIS & 59mm, f/2.8), 1/2.55″ sensor size @ 25mm, 1.4 µm pixel size
  • Camera (selfie): 13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size
  • Features: fingerprint sensor
  • Battery: 5000 mAh non-removable Li-Ion
  • Price: Php 23,995 (get it on on Lazada)

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