ASUS ZenFone Zoom marries 13MP camera with optical zoom

We just saw ASUS unveil the ZenFone 2, and though it has an eye-opening 4GB RAM option, the phone failed to make good on that one, super-compelling teaser ASUS dropped the other day: a smartphone with optical zoom for its camera. While the ZenFone 2 didn’t deliver in that regard, we didn’t have to wait much longer into the manufacturer’s CES press event to see how this feature will actually arrive, as ASUS draws the curtain back on its ZenFone Zoom.

Like the ZenFone 2, we’re looking at a 5.5-inch 1080p handset. There’s another 3000mAh battery, as well as a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front facer – but that’s where the similarities end. ASUS outfits the ZenFone Zoom’s main shooter with a three-time optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization, and an LG-style laser autofocus.

To help you store all the photos you’ll be taking, the ZenFone Zoom will be available with storage capacities reaching as high as 128GB – though we don’t yet have a list of all possible options, and ASUS does acknowledge that the 128GB version won’t be available everywhere.

Sales of the ZenFone Zoom are set to begin sometime next quarter, where the phone will fetch just about $400.

Source: ASUS

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