Asus had launched in India few days back, and the most prominent feature of the device was its camera that comes with 3x optical zoom. While the device seemed impressive at the first look, we decided to hold our verdict till we perform an in depth review. Here is our Asus Zenfone Zoom review to help you make a decision, if you should purchase the device or not. Have a look-
Design & Display
From the front, the device is very, very similar to every Asus Zenfone series smartphone launched in the past. Asus hasn’t made many changes to their basic design language, but have made a few changes to in the build material used. The device has been made out of aluminium, while the back of the device sports a leather finish. It definitely gives a premium feel to the device, but the leather looks a bit archaic, when the industry is moving towards all metal and glass designs.
Talking about the display, Asus has given a 5.5 inches Full HD IPS display, that offers a pixel density of 403 ppi. The display is covered with Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The display is not the sharpest we’ve ever seen, but in our Asus Zenfone Zoom review, we found that the FHD panel manages to produces some punchy colours, and also offers wide viewing angles.
Boasting a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 with PowerVR G6430 GPU, the device is amazingly powerful for handling most of the tasks thrown at it. Be it the regular day-to-day apps, or the heavy graphic intensive games, the Asus Zenfone Zoom can handle all of them quite easily. The phone’s 4 GB of RAM makes the usage of the device a lot smoother and multitasking on the device is a breeze.
It runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop version with Zen UI on top, which is quite feature rich and offers a handful of customisation options. While the Android 6.0 Marshmallow is already out, Asus should have made the latest OS available out of the box. The variant launched in India comes with 128 GB of internal storage, which is simply huge and more than enough for most of the people.
The most talked about thing about the device is its camera, and in this Asus Zenfone Zoom review, we are going to talk out this in depth. First of all, the device is really thin despite sporting 3x optical zoom lens in its main camera on the back of the device. Asus has included all the fancy tech in the camera of the device, including the laser autofocus, OIS, physical shutter button, dual tone flash and optical zoom. The 3x optical zoom works like a charm, and there were no loss of details while using the feature.
The camera is fantastic in day light conditions, and produces some of the most detailed shots we’ve ever seen. The colours are accurate and there is a great balance in the dynamic range. But, the camera is not so well in the low light conditions. The shutter speed drops significantly, the images produced are grainy, and even the overall camera experience becomes sluggish at times. It is quite easy to say that the camera on the Asus Zenfone Zoom is not the best in this price range.
The battery pack on the device is of 3000 mAh, and it is enough to keep the device running for a complete day for moderate to heavy usage. Asus has given the device a great turbo charging feature, which can charge the device from 0 to 60% in not more that 39 minutes. So if you are running out of power, you can quickly charge the device for an increased usage period.
The device is a hit and a miss in many departments, and the camera is simply not worth the hype that the company built. At a price of Rs. 37,999, Asus made it even more difficult for us to recommend it in this Asus Zenfone Zoom review. There are many devices available in this price range that offer much more features and are better value for money than the Asus Zenfone Zoom.