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  • ASUS has been trying to make a mark in the US phone market for years, first with its hit-or-miss Padfone line and more recently with the budget-friendly ZenFone 2 . Then, for reasons nearly beyond comprehension, the company decided to shoehorn a zoom lens...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 3/11/2016

    Good: Cameracentric design with dedicated controls, Ample storage, Optical zoom, Powerful innards, Charges in a jiffy

    Bad: Cluttered interface that's full of bloatware, Camera performance doesn't match rivals, Poor battery life

    ASUS showcased the ZenFone Zoom back at CES 2015, but finally released the smartphone this year. The device is a bold effort from the Taiwanese company, as unlike its previous offerings which were targeting the voluminous budget and mid-range segments, it...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 3/2/2016

    After a successful run with the Zenfone 2 series in 2015, ASUS is making smartphones to target specific user segments, like the mega-storage 128GB Zenfone 2 Deluxe, the mega-battery Zenfone Max (5000 mAh). Here in this review, a smartphone with 3x optical...

  • Good: Fantastic battery life, Physical camera controls, True optical zoom

    Bad: Runs older version of Android, Inconsistent picture quality, Bloatware that's borderline spam

    Asus Zenfone ZoomThe GoodFantastic battery life • Physical camera controls • True optical zoomThe BadRuns older version of Android • Inconsistent picture quality • Bloatware that's borderline spamThe Bottom LineAlmost a year after it was announced, the As...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 2/26/2016

    Good: Practical build quality with premium materials, Cameracentric ergonomics, Innovative camera zoom design

    Bad: Lackluster photo and video output, Mediocre battery life for multimedia and content creation, Large footprint for medium sized screen

    This is always painful. We want to reward daring design. We want to celebrate when companies take risks. The ZenFone Zoom is an incredible feat of camera design, but the crown jewel feature of this phone in many ways compromises the camera that the zo...

  • Good: Nice display, Excellent build quality, Impressive manual mode performance, Competitive price

    Bad: A bit thick / hefty, No Android 6.0 (yet), Camera struggles in low light with current firmware, Auto mode not great

    We need to give ASUS some kudos for stepping outside the box and offering something that's truly unique in the smartphone space. We evaluate a plethora of smartphones year in and year out, and increasingly, there's very little that clearly differentiates...

  • Good: Camera The Zoom mostly delivers on its promise of a topnotch camera, Battery life The 3000mAh battery is goodnotgreat in terms of raw capacity, but OS optimizations make charging an every other day activity, Performance The 64bit Intel SoC with 4GB of RAM...

    Bad: Display It's big, it looks nice and gets brighter than cheaper ZenFone variants, but we're rapidly approaching a point where 1080p on 5.5” canvas is budget quality

    ASUS has made a nice phone here and to be perfectly honest I was operating under the assumption that it was far more expensive when I began testing it out. What a pleasant surprise to see it is more along the high-midrange, which helps to justify some of...

  • 10 0
    6

    Date: 2/19/2016

    Good: Asus' ZenFone Zoom breaks new ground with a built-in optical zoom camera that doesn't stick out or appear to move. Photos taken are generally great, but worse in low light

    Bad: The phone software peppers you with ads by default. Camera performance feels sluggish

    The Asus ZenFone Zoom puts cool new camera tech to work, but its bloated software and poor overall performance keep it from being a phone you'd want to buy...

  • 10 0
    9

    Date: 2/12/2016

    When I reflect on everything that the ZenFone Zoom offers and then recall its asking price of $399, I can't help but think that the value is great. I could most definitely replace my daily driver flagship phone (which costs almost twice as much) and not r...

  • 10 0
    6

    Date: 2/10/2016

    Good: 3x optical zoom, Manual camera controls, Premium build

    Bad: Sluggish camera app, No 4K video, Unimpressive battery life, Dated UI with heavy skin and lots of bloatware

    The Asus ZenFone Zoom is a camera-centric unlocked phone with a 3x optical zoom lens, but it's held back by average sensor quality, a slow camera app, and a lack of 4K video recording...

  • Good: Amazing performance, Great battery life, Leather back feels nice, Shutter buttons rock

    Bad: Camera bump adds bulk, Camera sensor is mediocre, Software is filled with bloat, Android 5.0 in 2016 is unacceptable

    For the not-so-low price of $400, ASUS is delivering a phone with outdated software with a focus on a camera that isn't as capable as similarly priced phones. While it's possible ASUS could quickly update to Marshmallow in the next month or two, it's unli...

  • Good: Amazing performance, Great battery life, Leather back feels nice, Shutter buttons rock

    Bad: Camera bump adds bulk, Camera sensor is mediocre, Software is filled with bloat, Android 5.0 in 2016 is unacceptable

    Clever hardware elevates an already great phone line even higher, but the execution stumbles a bit.The quick takeASUS has taken the the already impressive ZenFone 2 and turned it into something fun for anyone who enjoys the control of a DSLR camera but is...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 2/4/2016

    Good: Rear camera has 3x optical zoo, Dedicated camera control, Built-in manual photo mod, Removable leather bac, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage come standard

    Bad: White balance issues with camer, Subpar battery lif, Mediocre audi, Clunky interface

    Under the right circumstances, the ZenFone Zoom really shines, with an impressive optical zoom and dedicated camera buttons that I wish more phone makers would emulate. But the phone's lackluster image processing can make that optical zoom feel more like...

  • 10 0
    6.8

    Date: 2/4/2016

    Good: Premium look and feel, microSD card support, Great dedicated shutter button

    Bad: The camera itself is lacking, Too many useless apps, Average battery life

    More times than not, the Verge score is based on the average of the subscores below. However, since this is a non-weighted average, we reserve the right to tweak the overall score if we feel it doesn't reflect our overall assessment and price of the produ...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 2/3/2016

    Good: 3x optical zoom gets us closer to a shot, Rich set of shooting modes & controls, Relatively slim profile, Premium design, Fast recharge time, Snappy processing performance, Not terribly expensive at $399

    Bad: No major improvements to image quality, No 4K UHD video recording option, Video stabilization is limited to 720p mode, Lack of continuous autofocus, Extremely cold screen color temperature, Washed out looking screen

    Asus established itself as a formidable competitor in the mid-range segment with the introduction and release of its ZenFone 2 last year. Since that time, they've diversified its ZenFone line with an assortment of variants – including this latest one in t...

  • Good: Impressive camera, Massive internal storage

    Bad: Unconfirmed for the UK, Middling design

    We don't yet know whether the Zenfone Zoom is destined for the UK, but the continued dialogue Asus strikes up with such a standout device makes us think that it wants to be considered a serious player in the space of high-end camera phones, much like Micr...

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Technical Specifications

Processor

  • Z3580 processor
  • Intel® Atom™
  • 4
  • 2 MB

Audio

  • 3.5 mm

Battery

  • Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Camera

  • Yes
  • 5 MP
  • 13 MP

Design

  • Black
  • Yes
  • Bar

Display

  • 5.5"
  • IPS
  • Yes

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  • 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • 9:16

Intel Technologies

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  • Yes

Networking

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  • Yes
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  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operating System & Software

  • Android

Ports & Interfaces

  • MicroSD (TransFlash)
  • 3.5 mm

Weight & Dimensions

  • 6.53 oz (185 g)
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