Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom lands in the US for $329


Asus' first dual-camera smartphone, the ZenFone 3 Zoom is now available for purchase in the US. First introduced at CES 2017, the ZenFone 3 Zoom comes in multiple variants with options of 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB/128GB storage.

The ZenFone 3 Zoom variant launched in the US comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and is priced at $329 (Rs. 21,300). It will be available from several online stores including  ASUS store, Abt, Amazon, B&H, BestBuy.com, Fry’s Electronics, and Newegg in Navy Black color. It will also be available in-store at select retail locations.

The main highlight of ZenFone 3 Zoom is the dual-cameras and beefy battery capacity. The dual-camera system is a 12MP f/1.7 25mm wide-angle lens + 12MP camera with 59mm lens for 2.3X optical zoom. It also features dual PDAF, 4-axis OIS and 3-axis EIS for fast image capturing. There's also portrait mode, which allows ‘Bokeh’ effect images, just like the Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

The rear camera also boasts TriTech+ optimization, which select one of three autofocus methods ㅡDual Pixel, continuous AF and laser AF ㅡ to deliver fast image capturing. The phone's camera will also has RAW support. On the front there's 13MP Sony IMX214 camera with screen flash feature for low-light photography.

The battery capacity is 5000mAh and Asus claims the device can deliver up to 42 days of stanby time and up to 6.4 hours of continuous UltraHD video recording. Even though it packs a massive battery it is still slim and light-weight measuring 7.9mm thick and weighing at 170g. Asus is calling it the “world’s thinnest and lightest 5.5-inch smartphone with a 5000mAh battery.”

Coming to the other specs, the ZenFone 3 Zoom has 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5, Snapdragon 625 processor, fingerprint scanner, hybrid-dual-SIM slots, 4G VoLTE, USB Type-C and Android Marshmallow with Zen UI 3.0 top.

There is still no word, when Asus will launch the ZenFone 3 Zoom in India.

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