It was one of the most interesting Android devices unveiled at CES 2015 (yes, 2015), at least as far as shutterbugs were concerned, but for reasons we never could fully understand, it was held off until IFA, then teased all over again, and ultimately slated for a long overdue “early February” 2016 release.
This time, Asus made good on its promise, bringing the ZenFone Zoom (model number ZX551ML) exclusively to US retailer B&H Photo Video, after dispatching it in Taiwan and a handful of emerging Asian and European markets last year.
Powered by a more than respectable quad-core 2.5 GHz Intel Atom Z3590 processor, the 5.5-inch phone costs $400 unlocked with 64GB internal storage space at B&H, which feels relatively affordable. Granted, you can find a slew of cheaper handhelds these days capable of matching the Asus ZenFone Zoom’s 4GB RAM count, Full HD screen, and 3,000 mAh battery.
But search as much as you want, you won’t find another mid-priced camera phone quite as skilled as this one, with a unique 3x optical zoom in the mix, as well as OIS, laser autofocus, and dual-LED, dual tone flash.
Perhaps the 13MP sensor itself doesn’t sound too impressive, and neither does the 5 megapixel front-facing shooter, yet optical zoom is a truly rare commodity in the Android landscape. Even better, the 5.0 Lollipop-running device manages to keep bulk relatively in check, tipping the scales at 185 grams and measuring 12mm thick, and its LTE support can be tapped into at your GSM carrier of choice. Better late than never, right?
Source: B&H Photo Video