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ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Hands-on Review – Built for Photography

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The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom was announced at CES 2017 and was officially released in the Philippines last April 6, 2017, it is the company’s first Zenfone to sports a dual camera. The Zenfone 3 Zoom features a 12-megapixel dual rear camera with improved design and larger battery capacity.

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Design and Built

Compared to its predecessor the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom design is very different. This time ASUS made this device looks really premium, the all-metal unibody design simply makes the device looks and feel refined. The design looks similar to the Zenfone 3 Max, with rounded corners but still has that wide body format just like Zenfone 3.

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At the front is the wide 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED 2.5D curved glass display protected by Gorilla glass 5. Just above the display is the 13-megapixel selfie camera, LED notification light and speaker. While below are the capacitive keys (still no light when touch).

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Turning the Zenfone 3 Zoom, the back is where the dual 12-megapixel camera with Laser AF, and dual-LED flash just below it. There’s also a fingerprint sensor that looks a bit small compared to other fingerprint scanners. Antenna bands are also visible at the top and bottom of the device.

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Looking at the bottom are the type-C port at the center, 3.5mm audio jack, microphone hole and the loudspeaker, there’s also 2 sets of screws visible.

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Checking the left side is the hybrid SIM tray, this means that it can be used with either two SIM card or SIM + microSD card configuration. Going to the the right side is where the power button and volume controls.

The location of the buttons is nice since it’s easy to reach when needed although the downside is the capacitive buttons that still do not lit when touching, but for sure you will get used to it in no time.




The Zenfone 3 Zoom got this sharp looking display, the 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display with 401 ppi (pixel per inch) just look stunning, sure it still has black bezels on the side but the contrast and sharpness are pleasant to look even in direct sunlight just slide the brightness to full.

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There are three screen color mode and customized mode that can be configured under the Display settings with Standard more as the default setting.

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Users can choose from Super Color, Bluelight Filter, Standard and Customized where you can play with Hue and Saturation and adjust it based on your liking. The Standard Color mode seems good enough but Super Color more seems to be a better choice since it makes the display to have more vibrant colors.


Since the Zenfone 3 Zoom has an amazing display, it is nice to use it as a multimedia device watch Netflix or iFlix or listen to your favorite tunes on Spotify or any music you have.

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This device has SonicMaster and High-Res Audio certification with advanced five-magnet speaker construction, metal voice coil and expansive sound chamber powered by an NXP Smart AMP. It supports High-Res Audio quality with studio-grade 24-bit/192kHz playback — that’s 4x better than CD quality so ASUS claim, it also supports DTS Headphone:X™ 7.1. Using the ZenEar it does has better sound audio you can really feel the rich sound quality.


Under the hood the Zenfone 3 Zoom is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core CPU clocked at 2.0GHz, 4GB RAM for multitasking needs, Adreno 506 GPU for graphics and 64GB internal storage. It’s the same configuration with Zenfone 3, sure it does not have the latest Qualcomm’s cutting-edge mobile processor but with the 14nm architecture the Zenfone 3 Zoom is more efficient, cooler and it does not drain out the phone’s battery faster.

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In terms of performance, this device can really multitask and it is lag-free. The ZenUI 3.0 runs smoothly and responds to touch and commands without lag. The phone unlocks very quick using the fingerprint scanner. Playing games on this device is so much enjoyable for sure it will keep you entertained in times you are stuck it traffic or waiting in line.

Check out the benchmark scores below:

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We tested some games like NBA 2K17, Need for Speed, Real Boxing, Modern Combat 5, and Mobile Legends without any issues. But just like Zenfone 3, it tends to get warm to hot when playing high graphics games for a long period of time.

Connectivity and Voice Call Quality

In terms connectivity, the Zenfone 3 zoom comes with WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C, and Dual SIM support, but no NFC which is not a big deal since we rarely use it anyway.

For mobile data, both SIM slots support 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE network band. You can only use one SIM card at a time to connect to DATA service. Mobile data connection and voice calls are good we did not experience any lost connection when using around Metro Manila and nearby provinces.


The main feature of the Zenfone 3 Zoom is the Dual 12-megapixel rear camera. The two cameras have has SONY IMX362 sensor (1/2.55″ large sensor size, 1.4 µm large pixel size). along with the six-element lens that allows 1.25x more light to pass through to the sensor.

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With ASUS TriTech+ Technology, adding an all-new Dual Pixel PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) this enable auto-focus faster, also features Subject-Tracking Auto-Focus for both photos and videos to keep the object in clear focus, and Laser Auto-Focus in just 0.03 seconds. If that’s too technical well simply put it this way the Zenfone 3 Zoom camera is pack with features that comparable to DSLR cameras.

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It has 4-axis, 4 stops Optical Image Stabilization for steady photos and 3-axis Electronic Image Stabilization for shake-free videos. It is also capable of 4K UHD (3840 by 2160) 30 frame per second video recording. Now that is something to look at if you can find a 4K TV to view your recording.

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Food Shots, you can check some of the pictures taken using the Zenfone 3 Zoom here

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Sample of Normal and 2.3x zoom

Using the Auto mode you can zoom to your subject by simply tapping the 2.3x zoom. With ASUS 2.3x optical zoom it lets you take close-up photos and videos with just a single tap and you can even scale up the magnification to a 12x view. ZenFone 3 Zoom’s 2.3x optical-zoom camera and 59mm focal length produce a high-quality close-up, and the 59mm focal length lens brought the subject closer by creating more depth to its background object.

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Manual Mode

Like we said the Zenfone 3 Zoom is capable of 4K video recording at 30 frames per second, so we did try to take some videos and the 3min. video has a whopping 1.16GB file size.

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The Camera app has plenty of features that you play with, that includes Beautification which is great for selfies, Depth of Field, Panorama, Time Lapse, Manual Mode and much more.


ASUS did a great mode in equipping the Zenfone 3 Zoom with a massive 5000mAh (non-removable) battery. Now that is huge, compared to Zenfone 3 Max that has only 4000mAh battery. Not only that it even support Reverse Charging using the included OTG Cable you can charge other gadgets.

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We had this device for more than a week now as our daily main smartphone. With constant data and WiFi connection, gaming during free time and traffic, using it to take pictures and videos and watching our fave TV shows in iFlix. The battery on this device got us the whole day without looking at battery level and still has some power left for the next day use.

An average of 23 hours battery life is what we got using the Zenfone 3 Zoom which is impressive. Charging it takes around less than 3 hours using the ASUS fast charging 10W charger.


We are impressed with the Zenfone 3 Zoom, from how it look and feel, to camera and performance this device is one contender in its category. The Dual camera is really Built for Photography, and with the manual mode, you can sure take your inner photographer side with you any time to capture that right moment and with 4-axis, 4 stops Optical Image Stabilization you can record videos like you are using a gimbal.

The Zenfone 3 Zoom comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core CPU with 4GB RAM. It’s a proven good combination of processing power with a lag free operation and it really perform well using it as you daily smartphone and an even heavy user will love it with its huge 5000mAh battery for extended use and did we mention that you can also charge you other gadgets with this device.


  • Slim and sleek premium build
  • Wide 5.5-inch Full HD Amoled 2.5D curved glass display
  • Dual Camera with Manual Mode
  • 64GB storage capacity
  • USB Type-C
  • Quick charging
  • Reverse charging
  • Very long battery Life


  • It tends to slip on hands (needs protective case)
  • ZenUI comes with a lot of Bloatware
  • Running on older Android 6.0,1 out of the box
  • No NFC (not really since no one really uses it)
  • Tends to heat up when playing games

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom is available Navy Black, Glacier Silver, and Rose Gold colors and priced at Php23,995 it will come with JBL Clip 2 (Php3,099), Clear Case (Php699), and ASUS ZenEar (Php699) for FREE.

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80 Thoughts to “ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Hands-on Review – Built for Photography”

  1. Jayde Merry Hamo

    Wow.. so amazing… features.. zenfone 3 zoom is the best phonetography… ❤️❤️

  2. Crystal Cruz

    asus is one of the best band. good quality. thumbs up

  3. Christine Sanchez

    Amazing review. I look forward to the next one. 🙂

  4. Elaine America

    wow nice

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  6. Mei Santiago

    awesome review… looking forward for more mobile reviews

  7. Kristi Mari Lipatan

    Sobrang Ganda din ng Zenfone 3. The best ang features.

  8. Marilyn Fernando

    Wow… Ganda ng ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom.. Medyo pricey nga lang pero worth naman. Thanks for this review.. #ILoveASUS

  9. Estrelita Sabinay-Andigan

    Wow!!amazing specs..sana mapalitan q na ang ASUS Zenfone Go 4.5 ko na ganitong ka astig na smartphone from ASUS!!

  10. Regine Rimonte

    I love Asus Zenfone so much, i really want to have this smartphone

  11. Ariel Abella

    one of my favorite smart phone in the market today, I like the battery with 5000mAh and quick charging as well as the other feature specially camera.

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  13. Florgelyn Canoy Domdom

    Wow.. I want to have this….

  14. Lizelle Lazo

    2 thumbs up!

  15. Nice review ..Ganda ng features ng asus zenfone3 zoom .. Hope to havr one

  16. Amazing camera and video….nice specs… Asus dbest

  17. reuter sam santarina

    nice phone, great specs, too pricey..hope to win the zenfone live!

  18. Micay Teves

    This is really detailed re review. So nice!

  19. great review i want this badly ganda ng camera tapos ung specs pa at build quality basta asus talaga maganda!

  20. Arlene Bejosano obien

    Amazing review ang gnda din ng zenfone 3


    WOW! galing!

  22. So much love on ASUS phones! I’ve been using ASUS Selfie for a year now and I love it. Thans for this review.

  23. Lester A. Andigan

    ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom is one of my dream fone..Great specs at the very reasonable price.

  24. janinegracebadar

    so amazing features.. the good quality of the product are really amazing..

  25. Kat Libre

    Amazing features.Great Review.Thanks for posting..

  26. Jenny Rose Sales

    For me one of the top smart phone for this year is the brand of Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom!we already known that when it comes to camera Asus Zenfone 3 zoom is one of the most clear in photography,very good in features!!

  27. Jennifer Timonel

    Nice review. Fabulous phone.

  28. Stephanie Novio

    Wow..ang gnda ng mga specs and features niya thanks for the great review adobotech.

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    hoping to win! Adobotech Giveaway ASUS Zenfone Live! #adobotech #ZenfoneLive @adobotech

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    Wow.. Really amazing

  31. Wow ganda tlaga ng ASUS Zenfone number 1 talaga.

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    Wow ganda talaga ng asus

  33. Amazing phone hoping and praying to have this

  34. Wow!speechless amazing and wonderful phone

  35. Okey, I am readly to asus zoom good specs. Love to asus of th ONE

  36. Mercy Grace R. Dela Cruz

    also loving this one. galing talaga ng asus

  37. Rona Villanueva

    Best Feature.. must read!

  38. rustom sanchez

    zenfone 3 zoom is one of the best camera phone, i like the quality of design , and battery.

  39. rustom sanchez

    zenfone 3 zoom is one of the best camera phone, i like the quality of design, quality of photos and longlife battery.

  40. Anne Alcantara Mercado

    Perfect to capture unforgettable moments. ❤

  41. Emilyn Cañares

    Wow so love this!!!

  42. Clare Dy

    Cool phone! And great review!

  43. Kristine Pelayo

    I really wait these type of phone. The display and design of it was so nice and it so attractive.

  44. Aaron Roy Publico

    Nice review that made me want to have a unit soon. 🙂

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  46. Manilyn Bombarda

    This phone is LOVE! I wish to have one..

  47. Wow! Awesome review! Upon reading it, I realized that I badly this kind of phone. Hoping & praying to win this Amazing piece of technology.

  48. Crystal Cruz

    lovely…. great phone

  49. Rica

    perf for selfie and travel goals:)

  50. Elinor Semira

    Hubby used to have an Asus phone that’s why I am pretty sure that this one will perform good as well.

  51. Juliet Raguro

    Wow the best in features, style, quality Asus Zefone 3 how i wish to have you for free.

  52. I think this is the perfect phone for my brother! He loves android and preferred one than an iphone. He’ll need to read this!

  53. Vanessa Rose Palacio

    How i wish i can have the chance to have this phone.

  54. Juliet Calambro

    Wow!! amazing the best talaga ang ASUS Zenfone pagdating sa features.. GODBless!!

  55. Jeraldine tolentino

    Connectivity and Voice Call Quality is the best ,I wish I could have this phone too <3

  56. Ariel Jerald Culala Tolentino

    I love the Camera app it has plenty of features that I can play with, that includes Beautification which is great for selfies, Depth of Field, Panorama, Time Lapse, Manual Mode and much more.

  57. Bernadette Balino

    wow specs are too awesome, would love to have this really.

  58. April Rose Abanto

    Wow i love to have this phone!

  59. germie florendo

    I would love to have this phone! Great specs and slim design!

  60. Nholzkee Alayon

    Great and awesome performance. Kudos to the team of Asus!


    Dual phone like Iphone.. Hmmm which is better??

  62. Ariel Tolentino

    Great phone,Hoping to win!

  63. Maria Lea

    Nice specs. I would love to own an Asus Zenfone

  64. Arjayssa Reyes Tejada

    Nice review!SObrang ganda ng phone!

  65. David Endegado

    The best review I have read so far!! Thank you for this.

  66. Marjorie Abiño

    Great features!

  67. Christabelle

    Wow! Look at those high quality photos! It’s indeed a phone built for photography !! ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom the best for people who love taking pictures like me!

  68. K-Anne

    I love the sample shots! Really crisp and vivid output. 🙂

  69. Ma Christin Ann Tagatac

    amazing phone with nicer specs and features

  70. Kenneth Sique

    The best talaga ang Asus!

  71. Maribeth Carla Cimafranca

    Very expensive for me but great spec!

  72. Sheryl Galecia

    I love the features of this phone! The design is also elegant! Suitable for my personality.

  73. Charito Garces

    great review

  74. This phone looks awesome plus it’s made by Asus. Cool!

  75. jane carmags

    this will surely be useful to us

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