ASUS goes dual

ASUS ZenFone Zoom S

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST - by Liu Hongzuo

While the ASUS ZenFone 3 was styl­ized like a Sony Xperia de­vice, the ZenFone Zoom S shares the same de­sign lan­guage with the likes of the Huawei P10 and the Xiaomi Mi 6. The front fea­tures a 2.5D glass with con­toured edges, and it’s nished with a coat of Go­rilla Glass 5.

On this de­vice, you’ll nd a 5.5-inch AMOLED dis­play rated at Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pix­els) res­o­lu­tion. Like most typ­i­cal AMOLED dis­plays, the Zoom S ex­hib­ited a warm color tem­per­a­ture. It’s also vi­brant and bright, and it has no is­sues ren­der­ing minute de­tails, such as high­lights and mild di er­ences in hues.

As a cam­era-cen­tric smart­phone, the ZenFone Zoom S comes with a dual rear cam­era setup – a rst for ASUS. They are both rated at 12-megapixels with very di er­ent pur­poses – the main one packs a Sony IMX362 sen­sor, and it’s fur­ther as­sisted by 4-axis OIS (op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion). The ac­com­pa­ny­ing Zoom Cam­era has a xed 59mm fo­cal length (35mm equiv­a­lent), pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary 2.3x op­ti­cal zoom.

The im­age qual­ity on the Main Cam­era in­di­cates that the ZenFone Zoom S might be ASUS’s best at­tempt at cre­at­ing a cam­era-cen­tric smart­phone thus far. Color tem­per­a­ture might be a lit­tle warm, but it is good (for a phone cam­era) with de­tail, con­trast han­dling, noise han­dling, and over­all sharp­ness. The Zoom Cam­era on the other hand, leaves much to be de­sired, though func­tional with ad­e­quate color han­dling. It also lacks the OIS found on the main cam­era, and it’s not as bright since it doesn’t have the Main Cam­era’s wide f/1.7 aper­ture as well. As a re­sult, im­ages shot here su er from much noise.

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom S has a mas­sive 5,000mAh bat­tery ca­pac­ity that seems im­pres­sive on pa­per. But, it’s hard to be­lieve that with nearly 70% more bat­tery ca­pac­ity than the older ZenFone 3, it only man­ages to meet the lat­ter’s bat­tery-up­time. The prob­lem is likely re­lated to the phone’s op­ti­miza­tion with com­po­nents in the de­vice, so hope­fully, it may get bet­ter with rmware up­dates.

In the end, a newer phone with more fea­tures sup­pos­edly jus­ti­fies the higher price tag over the ZenFone 3, yet those are the ex­act fea­tures that fall short of ex­pec­ta­tions.

The one where added fea­tures don’t meet ex­pec­ta­tions, the ZenFone 3 is still the one to beat.

As a cam­era-cen­tric phone, the ZenFone Zoom S comes with a dual rear cam­era setup – a rst for ASUS.

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