Zenfone 3 Zoom pre-order page is up, but the price is still a mystery


ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom
ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom

The Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) is now available for pre-order via the microsite, ahead of the Philippines launch date on April 6.

Pre-order the ZenFone 3 Zoom today to get freebies such as a tripod, clear case, and JBL Bluetooth Speakers worth P3,099
Pre-order the ZenFone 3 Zoom today to get freebies such as a tripod, clear case, and JBL Bluetooth Speakers worth P3,099

Unlike the first Zenfone Zoom which featured a variable-length lens that can zoom in and out, the Zenfone 3 Zoom touts a dual rear camera system.

Two 12-Megapixel rear cameras with different focal lengths work independently in order to achieve wide-angle (zoomed-out) and close-up (zoomed-in) shots of up to 2.3x zoom without losing image quality or sharpness.

Zenfone 3 Zoom sample photo (2.3x zoom)
Zenfone 3 Zoom sample photo (2.3x zoom)

It also features software depth-of-field effect that blurs the background, creating a “bokeh” made popular by DSLRs.

This system is similar to what Apple first introduced 4 months ago on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Zenfone 3 Zoom sample photo DOF effect (raw unedited)
Zenfone 3 Zoom sample photo DOF effect (raw unedited)

Lastly, the Zenfone 3 Zoom sports a full HD AMOLED screen as well as a 5000 mAh battery capable of reverse-charging other devices.

ASUS Philippines is keeping the price tightly under wraps until the April 6 reveal. Given the current trend of upper mid-tier smartphones, we feel it may be somewhere around P23,990 though we are keeping our fingers crossed for a sub-P20,000 SRP.

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) tech specs

  • 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

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