Have you seen this video of the Asus Zenfone Zoom?
Yes, it’s called the Zenfone Zoom and it’s coming this weekend! I normally wouldn’t post about a tech thing if I wasn’t seriously drooling over it but since you’re reading my post, I’m sure you’ve figured out by now how much I’ve fallen for the Zenfone Zoom over that one video (and the entire Google search that followed, naturally.). So here’s my 5 reasons why I am over the moon looking forward to it:
- Drool-worthy Design
If you’ve watched my unboxing of the Asus Zenfone Laser (watch here) and Asus Zenfone Selfie (unboxing here, review here), I’m sure I commented somewhere that while the Zenfone design was okay and handy, it was just that it was okay. I didn’t describe the previous Zenfones as having really awesome aesthetics.
But the Zenfone Zoom?
THIS PHONE MOVES ME.
Like I took a screenshot, sent it to Mark with the caption, “HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?? HAF!!!”
Gorgeous Italian Leather with super chic embossing? CHECK. Polished aluminum bezel? CHECK. The Zenfone we’ve come to know and love but wrapped in ALL. THAT. JAZZ? SUPER CHECK. Okay enough with the capitals and multiple exclamation points.
But seriously, the Zenfone Zoom reminds me of the streamlined aesthetics of the Zenbook series partnered with the serious details of say maybe an ROG as if it was the ROG of the Zenfones, and hopefully, (please, please, please) the same affordable quality that Asus has spoiled us with since they launched the Zenfone series.
- Travel-friendly CAMERA (in a phone!)
It’s called the Zenfone Zoom is it not? It’s got 3x Optical Zoom with HOYA lens and a Panasonic sensor. Mark should probably explain this part more as all I really got from it is that I can now (probably! Hopefully!) completely rely on the Zenfone Zoom for my mobile photography.
- “Thoughtful Details”
The Zenfone Zoom has a lanyard slot.
I may be the only one left in the world (or maybe not since they included this feature) but I totally need that lanyard! I want to make sure my phone is securely wrapped around my wrist as I whip it out, snap that photo, and let it loosely hang out with me as I walk through the streets of Japan again. #wishlist #achieved
- A “201 steps” Process
As a designer, I believe in having a PROCESS. You can be sure that when a product goes through a specific process, and a 201-steps process at that, a whole lot of thought and research and expertise has gone into it. Asus has conceptualized, designed, and manufactured the Zenfone Zoom the best way they can, and while I love my Zenfone Selfie (and passed up on the Zenfone Deluxe), the ZZ, as I will now lovingly call it, is sure to wake me up from my ZZZs.
- All you need and MORE.
ZZ has got specs for days.
Platform : Android 5.0 (Lollipop)(With ASUS ZenUI)*2
Color : Black/White
Dimensions : 158.9 x 78.84 x 5 ~ 11.95 mm (WxDxH)
Weight : 185 g (with battery)
Intel® Atom™ Quad Core Z3580 (2.3GHz), PowerVR G6430, with OpenGL 3.0 support
Intel® Atom™ Quad Core Z3590 (up to 2 core running at 2.5GHz)
Memory : 4GB LPDDR3 RAM
64GB eMMC Flash
128GB eMCP Flash
5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage
Memory Slot : MicroSD card (up to 128 GB)
Modem : Intel 7262
WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth V4.0+EDR , NFC
One Micro SIM card
Network Standard : UMTS/WCDMA/FDD-LTE
HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42 Mbps
DC-HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42 Mbps
LTE Cat4:UL 50 / DL 150 Mbps
FDD-LTE: (TW/JP version)
Navigation : GPS/GLONASS/QZSS/SBAS/BDS
5.5inches, Full HD 1920×1080/403 PPI,IPS
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
Battery : 3000 mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable)
Front 5 Mega-Pixel, Wide View, PixelMaster, Selfie Panorama (up to 140 ˚)
Rear 13 Mega-Pixel, Auto Focus, 0.03 second laser auto-focus, Close-up macro photography (5 cm), LED Flash, PixelMaster, dual-color Real Tone flash, Back Light (HDR) mode with ASUS PixelEnhancing Technology for up to 400% brighter , and evenly exposed photos, Low Light mode with ASUS PIxelMaseter Technology for up to 400% brighter photos and videos, Manual Mode for DSLR-like camera detail settings, Super resolution mode for up to 52 X resolution photos, Real Time Beautification, 10 -element lens
Audio Slot : 3.5mm
Sensor : Accelerator/E-Compass/Gyroscope/Proximity/Ambient Light Sensor/Hall Sensor
I’m sure we’ll know more about the Asus Zenfone Zoom after this weekend so let’s all stay tuned and hope that it will still be as affordable as the rest of our beloved Zenfones. Till then guys!