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ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Arriving in PH on April 6!

While the original Zenfone Zoom didn’t make much headway in the Philippine market, that’s not stopping ASUS from trying again this year with their refreshed Zoom. The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom has gotten an official local launch date on April 6, 2017, bringing a camera-centric model that amateur smartphone photographers can look forward to.

It’s worth noting that the Zenfone 3 Zoom takes a different approach from last year’s Zoom. While its predecessor merely slapped on a 3x optical zoom lens on its decent but average camera, the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom follows the trend of using a dual camera setup while still retaining powerful 2.3x optical zoom that few competitors can match.

As a smartphone, you’re not losing out either. The Zenfone 3 Zoom is equipped with a 5.5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, Adreno 506 GPU, 4GB RAM and anywhere from 32GB to 128GB of internal storage. The Zenfone 3 Zoom is powered by a 5,000mAh battery and will run Marshmallow 6.0 out of the box with a planned update to Nougat 7.0 within the first half of the year.

There’s no word yet on pricing though, but potential ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom buyers can look forward to a free JBL Clip 2 Bluetooth speaker, clear case, and a pair of ASUS ZenEar earphones.

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Specs

  • 5.5″ Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 1920 resolution, 401ppi), protected by Gorilla Glass 5
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953 SoC
    • 2GHz octa-core processor
    • Adreno 506 GPU
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB, 64GB, 128GB internal storage, expandable via microSD (hybrid SIM 2 slot)
  • 2 x 12mp rear autofocus camera (12mp Sony IMX362 + 12mp Samsung 3M3 sensors) with 2.3x optical zoom (12x digital), PDAF, CDAF, and laser AF
  • 13mp front camera
  • Up to 4G/LTE
  • WiFi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDSS
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • USB Type-C
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Price: TBA
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