ASUS teases ZenFone Zoom’s camera tech as we patiently await its release
Where the heck is the ASUS ZenFone Zoom? Right now the crew at Pocketnow is well into getting ready for the CES 2016 trade show in early January, where we expect to see all manner of cutting-edge hardware. Back at the 2015 show, that lineup included the ASUS ZenFone Zoom, marrying a 13MP camera with an optical zoom lens – an outright rarity in the smartphone world. Sales were supposed to get underway later in Q1, but that never happened. We checked in with the phone again at IFA in September, and while the model wasn’t canceled, it still didn’t appear to be much closer to release. Nearing a year from its initial launch, we’re still waiting for the ZenFone Zoom to drop, and today the manufacturer further whets our appetite with a new teaser, showing off some of the engineering that goes into the handset.
We’re used to seeing big camera bumps on a variety of smartphones, but with its optical zoom, the ZenFone Zoom has arguably a better excuse for its bulge than most. In today’s new video, the manufacturer highlights some of what’s going on in there, showing how an elaborate periscope system folds the light path perpendicular to how it enters the phone in order to accommodate the zoom system.
More than that, the frontside-illuminated sensor helps reduce pixel crosstalk and improves sensitivity, especially in low-light conditions. The non-imagery parts of the hardware don’t sound too shabby, either, like the presence of 4GB of RAM – and we were previously promised a beefy 128GB storage option, too.
Intrigued? Us too, but we’re still not sure just how close the ZenFone Zoom might be to the start of commercial sales. This teaser has us hopeful that we could be nearing release day, but considering how long we’ve already been waiting, ASUS will have to forgive us for not holding our breath.