Like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus and a few other Android phones, the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom has two rear cameras and optical zoom. The difference here is that the ZenFone 3 Zoom lets you zoom in closer than its rivals. Instead of 2x, you get 2.3x. To be honest, it's not such an enormous difference. In fact, the camera, while good, isn't even the phone's most stellar feature. That belongs to the battery.
Read on to have your ZenFone 3 Zoom questions answered.
Surprisingly little, actually. The Zoom 3 retails for $329 (which converts to £255 and AU$415). That's a pretty good deal if you're looking for a phone with zooming capabilities.
No, that's not it. It lacks some features found on the iPhone, such as Portrait Mode, though that'll come in a later update (more below). The 3 Zoom doesn't use its two cameras to create a bokeh effect with portrait mode, those neat shots of people with blurred backgrounds that you normally find on expensive DSLRs among other things. Instead, the 3 Zoom uses software to do this (like the Google Pixel). It's passable at best; sometimes, you're able to see where the blurring is applied, making the image look artificial.
Not necessarily. The iPhone 7 Plus is a great device, but the ZenFone 3 Zoom is cheaper, has fantastic battery life and, of course, runs Android. That's Android 6.0, not the most recently released 7.1.1 version of the software (and it's certainly not Oreo). Most of the core features aren't all that different though.
In our looping video battery tests, the Zoom blew away the competition with almost 20 hours worth of uptime, which is very impressive.
You'll like that it plays 3D-heavy games such as Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed and Asphalt 8 with nary a stutter, and day to day use is smooth on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. The performance won't blow you away, but it also doesn't let you down.
The phone comes in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. There's a microSD slot that will let you have up to 256GB of expandable storage, but you'll have to give up one of two SIM card slots for it.
Asus' software bloat is legendary. You'll be amazed at how many spam notifications you get when you start using the phone (though, you can dismiss them to make them never come back with some work). It'd be great if we just got the pure Android 6.0 experience here.
Asus promises that the ZenFone 3 Zoom will make the jump. An update will also add new camera features such as portrait mode as well as RAW image support. That said, there's no word on when this will be happening. Don't expect an Oreo upgrade for some time either.
Nothing, actually! They're the exact same phone, but the Zoom S is sold in Asia.
Currently the Zoom is sold in around the world, and yes, you can get this in the US through online retailers such as Amazon and Newegg as well as Asus' own online store unlocked.
Both phones have similar mid-range specs, but it comes down to the camera and the price. The 3 Zoom's 12-megapixel shooter gets you closer to your subject, and the Oppo R11's 20-megapixel camera has a better portrait mode. Bear in mind that the R11 isn't sold in the US, but in Asia, the R11 costs S$699 ($510 versus the Zoom's S$559 ($410). However, the Zoom goes for less ($329) in the US as well.
If you can put up with Asus' terrible bloatware, the Zoom is actually a decent midrange phone with amazing battery life. The dual-camera features are useful, but not really a must-buy. If you want great design and don't need dual-cameras, the original Asus ZenFone 3 still feels like the better buy (even though it's a year old).
|Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom||Oppo R11||Motorola Moto G5 Plus|
|Display size, resolution||5.5-inch; 1,920x1,020 pixels||5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels||5.2-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.07x3.03.x0.31 in||6.1x2.9x0.27 in||5.9x2.9x0.3 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||154.3x77x8mm||154x74x7.8 mm||150.2x74x7.7 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||6 oz; 170g||5.3 oz; 150g||5.5 oz, 155g|
|Mobile software||Android 6.01||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Camera||Dual 12-megapixel||Dual, 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel||12-megapixel|
|Processor||2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660||2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
|Storage||32GB, 64GB, 128GB||64GB||32GB (UK & US), 64GB (US only)|
|RAM||3GB or 4GB||4GB||2GB on 32 GB (US model), 3GB on 32GB (UK model) or 4GB on 64GB (US model)|
|Expandable storage||Up to 256GB||Up to 256GB||128GB|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back cover||Beneath screen||Below screen|
|Special features||N/A||Portrait mode, VOOC Flash charge||Dual-SIM, splash-proof|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$329||Converts to $440||$229 (32GB); $299 (64GB)|
|Price (GBP)||Converts to £255||Converts to £340||£249 (32GB)|
|Price (AUD)||Converts to AU$415||AU$649||Converts to AU$300 (32GB) and AU$390 (64GB)|