The Asus ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) smartphone was announced in Malaysia last week. Asus Malaysia said that ZenFone Zoom is the world’s thinnest 3x optical-zoom smartphone with a 13MP PixelMaster rear camera and 3X Hoya lens in a body that measures just 5mm at the edges.
Key features of the Zenfone Zoon, according to Asus Malaysia:
- See the world up close: World’s thinnest 3X optical-zoom smartphone with 13MP PixelMaster camera, 10-element lens, laser auto-focus and 5mm edge
- Pocket-sized DSLR experience: Periscopic innovation, SmartFSI sensor, 52MP Super Resolution, 5cm macro shots and pro-style Manual mode
- PC grade performance: 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB storage, 250Mbit/s LTE, BoostMaster fast-charging and Full HD display
- Incredible camera outcome and expansion of ultimate photography experience: 32-second long exposure, 5cm close-up macro, 28 – 84mm focal length
Asus ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) Specifications:
|Processor||PC-grade 64-bit Intel Atom Quad Core CPU 2.5GHz|
|Operating system||ASUS ZenUI under Android 5.0 (Lollipop)|
|Display||5.5-inch with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution and 403ppi pixel density
IPS display with 400cd/m2 brightness and full-screen lamination
Scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with anti-fingerprint coating
|PixelMaster cameras||Rear: 13MP, f/2.7- to 4.8-aperture, 10-element, 3X optical zoom Hoya lens, with optical image stabilization (OIS), laser auto-focus and dual-color Real Tone flash
Front: 5MP, f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle 88-degree lens with Pano Selfie
PixelMaster features include Low Light mode, Backlight (Super HDR) mode, Beautification mode, Professional (manual-settings) mode
|Network standards||GSM/GPRS/EDGE; WCDMA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+; FDD-LTE
(Network support varies by country)
|Memory and storage||128GB ROM
mDDR3 4GB RAM
Micro SD card slot (up to 64GB supported)
|Wireless||802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth® 4.0|
|Connectors||3.5mm audio jack, single micro-SIM|
|Location sensors||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Other sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, gyro, digital compass and Hall-effect sensors|
|Battery||3000mAh non-removable lithium-polymer|
|Colors||Pure Black, Ceramic White|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||158.9 x 78.84 x 11.95~5mm|
|Retail Price (+GST)||RM 2,099|
According to Asus, designing the word’s thinnest optical-zoom smartphone required innovative thinking, with ASUS engineers rotating ZenFone Zoom’s lens mechanism to create a compact, intricately-calibrated periscope-style layout. Coupled with a Panasonic SmartFSI image sensor, ZenFone Zoom captures more light and more color — revealing detail and beauty in both natural and low-light compositions that other smartphone cameras will never see, it claims.
The Asus Zenfone Zoom will be available at end of January 2016, with a retail price of RM2099.
At the launch, the Taiwan-based company also announced the Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition at RM1799 and Asus ZenWatch 2 at RM649.