ASUS ZenFone Zoom hands-on: the power of optical zoom (Video)


Is Android ever going to get its own Lumia 1020? Windows Phone may get a lot of flack for the size of its user base, and the dearth of phone options available, but fans of the platform still have a few big wins they can hold over the heads of users of other platforms, and when it comes to cameras with megapixels to spare, there are few that can hold a candle to the 1020. Well, if you’re looking for that 41MP camera, you can keep right on waiting, but at IFA this week we went hands-on with a phone that’s at least superficially similar (minor victories, we know) to the 1020 with a big-ol’ “Oreo” of a camera, the ASUS ZenFone Zoom.

Ring a bell? It should, because this is one phone we’ve been anticipating for a good long while now, having seen it debut all the way back at CES in early January. The ZenFone Zoom may top out at 13MP, but that conspicuous camera does manage to house some brag-worthy hardware, in the form of a rare smartphone optical zoom – 3x, in the case. ASUS was a little unsure about some of the specs when we went hands-on, but we’re working to clear that up.

The ZenFone Zoom still isn’t quite ready to make its retail debut, but we still got to spend some time with the unusual phone, getting an initial sense for just whether or not its imaging capabilities are all they promise to be. Watch on to see what we found.

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!