Review: Asus Zenfone Zoom

Asus has managed to include the optical zoom feature in its smartphone

Vishal Mathur
Updated16 Feb 2016
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37,999 (128 GB)

The Zoom’s design is more an evolution of the Zenfone 2—rounded corners being the blatant giveaway. The mix of metal and premium leather looks good.

Running the Intel Atom Z3590 quad-core 2.5 GHz processor with 4 GB RAM, the performance is quick. The gaming experience is smooth, but that is also because the PowerVR G6430 GPU is driving a comparatively lower-resolution screen. For power users, multitasking will not be a problem. The 3,000 mAh battery will last almost two days in most work/home-use cases.

Asus has persisted, however, with the same Zen UI interface, running on Android 5.0 (Lollipop), which doesn’t match up to Samsung’s updated TouchWiz or HTC’s newest Sense interface. There are add-on features, such as gestures to open apps and a privacy lock for messages and calls, but that doesn’t make up for the clunky layout and the clutter of preloaded apps.

The optical zoom camera feature will interest photography enthusiasts. But for the rest, the 3x optical zoom doesn’t really open any new portals of superior performance. You may want to also consider the Galaxy S6, Sony Xperia Z5 Dual ( 38,500; Flipkart.com) and the Nexus 6P ( 37,400; Flipkart.com).

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