Today at CES ASUS showcased their upcoming ZenFone Zoom, and confirmed that it will be coming to the United States this February. ASUS has teased the ZenFone Zoom a couple of times, and most notably showed it at IFA last year. It was also mentioned during their CES keynote last year, and so it has taken quite some time for it to get to market. Just as a refresher, you can find the ZenFone Zoom's specs in the table below.

  ZenFone Zoom
SoC Intel Atom Z3580/Z3590 Quad Core 2.3/2.5GHz
PowerVR G6430 GPU
Display 5.5” 1080p
Network 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4 LTE)
Dimensions 158.9 x 78.84 x 5-11.9mm, 185g
Camera 13MP Rear Facing, 3x optical zoom, 28-84mm
F/2.7-F/4.8, OIS
5MP Front Facing
Battery 3000 mAh (11.4 Whr)
OS Android 5.1 w/ ZenUI
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.0, USB2.0, GPS/GNSS, NFC
SIM 1 x MicroSIM
Launch Price $399 (Z3580/64GB)

The ZenFone Zoom is very similar to the ZenFone 2 as far as the internal specs go. In the 128GB model there is a bump in clock speed, as the SoC moves from Atom Z3580 to Z3590, but the phone remains the same otherwise. Obviously the big attraction is the rear-facing camera with optical zoom. It's not clear exactly which camera sensor is used in the ZenFone Zoom, but I wouldn't be surprised to find that it's the same Toshiba sensor from the ZenFone 2. I hope that ASUS has put a lot of work into improving their camera processing from the state it was in on the ZenFone 2, as hardware has never really been the issue with photo quality on ASUS devices.

The ZenFone Zoom will be launching in the United States this February, with a starting price of $399 for the 64GB model. Pricing for the 128GB model with the Z3590 SoC is currently unknown.

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  • akil.AN - Monday, January 4, 2016 - link

    with HOYA optics
  • markifi - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    minimum focus distance of 2 inches(source: the verge) 84mm, F4.8. this is actually pretty useful for portrait, and macro. I might be getting this.
  • mortimerr - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    Anyone know how the Z3590 compares to the new SoCs being released?
  • zodiacfml - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    Looking at the SoC and specs, this would be perfect for a full W10 OS. I don't know what prevents it from being done.

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