Asus ZenFone Zoom S : our taken in hand, its availability and its price

The Asus ZenFone Zoom S, you know ? Not sure, it is actually the ZenFone 3 Zoom that was unveiled last January. The taiwanese brand has changed its name and is preparing to launch in France, we have, therefore, taken (again) by hand.

Zoom zoom zoom…

We knew it already, but under another name. The ZenFone Zoom’s (formerly ZenFone 3 Zoom) focuses on two features of the smartphone which everyone seems to be the most sensitive : the photography and life of the battery.

The Asus ZenFone Zoom S

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Model Asus ZenFone Zoom S
Version of the OS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Interface ZenUI
Screen size 5.5-inch
Definition 1920 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density 401 ppp
SoC Snapdragon 625 to 2GHz
Processor (CPU) Cortex-A53
Graphics chip (GPU) Adreno 506
Random access memory (RAM) 4 Gb
Internal memory (flash) 32 Gb, 64 Gb, 128 Gb
MicroSD Yes
Camera (back) Dual sensor, 12 Megapixel
Camera (front) 13 Megapixel camera
Video recording 4K
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2 + + EDR + A2DP
Networks LTE, HSPA, GSM
SIM 2x nano SIM
Ports (inputs/outputs) USB Type-C
Geolocation Yes
Battery 5000 mAh
Dimensions 154,3 x 77 x 7.9 mm
Weight 170 grams
Colors Pink, Black, Silver
Price 9 euros
Product sheet

A dual photo sensor of the iPhone 7 More

Let’s start with this double photo sensor : it works the same as that of the iPhone 7 More. More concretely, the first photo sensor is classical (Sony IMX 362, 12 megapixel camera with lens aperture f/1.7 focal length 25 mm), the second is equipped with a different objective (f/2.8, equivalent to 56 mm). The passage from one to the other provides a form of optical zoom, a 2.3 x.

The second sensor “zoom” (the equivalent of a 56 mm)

The first sensor ” wide angle “

The Zoom’s triggers in both photos ” Telephoto lens “, an equivalent of 56 mm, as you can see on the two photos of artwork, and photos in hand portrait with bokeh ” electronic “. It is therefore a feature inherited from the iPhone 7 Plus, and different from what is proposed in Huawei : here no sensor monochrome out of the menu.

The dual sensor camera with flash dual-tone

With its battery capacity of 5000 mAh, the Zoom’s promises 2 days of battery life (at least). Asus does not take a lot of risk in announcing two days of battery life, and it is a real plus on this type of product. The design of the device is of quality : a metal shell, nice mode, with beveled edges and rounded edges (2.5 D). The 5.5-inch screen is comfortable, the AMOLED display can be made very correct with a lot of contrast. Finally, the resolution of Full HD is sufficient.

As for the Snapdragon 625 : this may be strange to find it on a product sold at 499 euros, but this solution Qualcomm has a very good ratio performance/battery life, which allows you to Zoom S to propose an interesting compromise.

The software interface to Asus

And here is the interface, comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. I think that it is a mistake to deliver a smartphone without Android 7.0 Nougat in June 2017, fortunately Asus promises a quick update. As for the interface, it is always so strange. It is not necessarily bad, it’s just that many of the design decisions of Asus are in opposition with the way Google does things, which leads to a feeling that the two halves of the software of the smartphone are in contradiction. It really is a shame that Asus did not abandon this interface home.

What to think ?

The Asus Zenfone Zoom S features a dual photo sensor promising and a long-lasting battery of 5000 mAh, which give it a certain credibility. Don’t expect the best performance or the latest version of Android, but it’s still a product to consider. Its (double) camera could pleasantly surprise us. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 825 and this old version of Android with the interface home Asus remain two big question marks for a smartphone that seems to have everything else in order to succeed, expect the test to give you a final opinion.

ZenFone Zoom S Asus ZenFone Zoom S product Sheet getting startedforum

It n’ there has no offers for the moment

He finds himself faced with two smartphones : on the one hand the OnePlus 3T (449 euros), much more powerful (Snapdragon 625 for the ZenFone Zoom’s, Snapdragon 821 for the OnePlus 3T), but also to Honor 8 Pro (549 euros), which offers a screen QHD and a dual photo sensor, while the Zoom’s offers Full HD quality.

3T 8

OnePlus 3T

Buy 483 € 8 Pro 9

Honor 8 Pro

Buy for 549 €

Finally, Asus announced that the ZenFone Zoom will be available in early June for 499 € in many retail outlets (Amazon, Boulanger, Fnac, etc).

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