READY,SET, ZOOM!

ASUS ZenFone Zoom

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - By Bryan Chan

el­e­ments in this smart­phone are top notch.

To al­low the lens el­e­ments to fit into the phone, HOYA and ASUS used a periscopestyle ar­range­ment, which is ac­tu­ally pretty in­ge­nious. The in­no­va­tions don't stop there, as ASUS also man­aged to fit in an OIS (op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion) sys­tem into the ZenFone Zoom. This OIS pro­vides up to four stops of sta­bi­liza­tion, al­low­ing you to take good pho­tos in low­light sit­u­a­tions.

In terms of spec­i­fi­ca­tions, the ZenFone Zoom is pow­ered by an In­tel Atom Z3590 quad­core pro­ces­sor, has 4GB of RAM, a 13MP rear cam­era and an 8MP rear cam­era, as well as a 3,000mAh bat­tery. There's only one stor­age op­tion – 128GB, which can be ex­panded via mi­croSD to a max­i­mum of 256GB.

When it comes to per­for­mance, the ZenFone Zoom holds its own against the com­pe­ti­tion. In PCMark, it scored 5,725, while in Quad­rant, it man­aged 23,344. When it comes to graph­ics, it scored 21,156 in 3DMark's Ice Storm Un­lim­ited, and an av­er­age of 50.1 FPS on Ul­tra High Qual­ity. The scores show that the ZenFone Zoom is on par with phones like the Sony Xpe­ria Z5 Dual.

More im­por­tantly though, is how the cam­era on the ZenFone Zoom per­forms, and if there's one word to sum it up, it would be im­pres­sive. Ac­ti­vate Auto mode and you'll be able to cap­ture good pho­tos, but put it in Su­per Res­o­lu­tion mode, and go full Man­ual, and you'll be able to cap­ture great pho­tos, if you know what you're do­ing. While on the sub­ject of the cam­era, the UI is iden­ti­cal to any new ZenFone, such as the ZenFone 2 and ZenFone Selfie, which is sim­ple and straight­for­ward.

There's a ded­i­cated shut­ter and video record­ing but­ton on the ZenFone Zoom.

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