Asus has a lot of smartphones, the premiere of which is forgotten after a few weeks. I was so with the model Zenfone 3 ZE553KL. I do not understand at all why he flew out of my head – all the more so that on paper he looks like a fully-fledged smartphone that should be interested. But is this really the case? I checked it out! And I ask you to familiarize yourself with the review of Asus ZE553KL.
ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is the flagship of the Taiwanese manufacturer Asus, which went on sale in March 2017. ZenFone 3 Zoom has a serial number ZE553KL and is available in two versions: with 64 GB of permanent memory and 128 GB, and there is practically no second version on sale in Russia, so this brief review will focus on the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom ZE553KL 64GB. Now, you can buy the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom from Coolicool Mall just for $149.99, I think it is a very good price.
The screen is 5.5 inches with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, the Android operating system is 6.0, 64 GB of constant and 4 GB of RAM, there is a slot for a memory card up to 2 TB (combined with a slot for a second SIM card). Battery capacity – 5000 mA⋅h. The battery life in talk mode on 3G networks is up to 48 hours, when browsing websites over Wi-Fi network up to 25 hours, in standby mode up to 42 days. ZenFone 3 Zoom supports accelerated recharging technology (10 minutes of recharging will be enough for an additional 5 hours of talk time). 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953 processor. There is a fingerprint scanner.
ZenFone 3 Zoom is equipped with two high-quality main cameras. The first, based on the newest Sony IMX362 sensor with large pixels (1.4 µm), has a wide-angle lens with a large aperture (f / 1.7) and a 12 megapixel matrix with support for the ASUS SuperPixel technology. It is designed for shooting everyday scenes, including in low light. SuperPixel technology allows you to achieve a 2.5-fold advantage in photosensitivity compared with the iPhone 7 Plus. In addition, the camera supports optical and electronic image stabilization to minimize blurring when taking photos and video, uses a color correction sensor to improve color reproduction and allows you to record video in 4K / Ultra-HD format.
In addition to the optical zoom, you can use the digital zoom function, which gives a total image magnification 12 times. Switching between cameras is instantaneous, and their combination provides an amazing depth of field – and professional-looking photos. In the manual settings mode, the ZenFone 3 Zoom camera allows you to adjust a variety of different photo settings, such as white balance, exposure value, focal length, ISO level and shutter speed.
ZenFone 3 Zoom is equipped with a triple autofocus system ASUS TriTech +, which includes two-pixel phase autofocus technology, similar to that used in SLR cameras. Phase sensors for focusing are contained in each pixel of the photosensitive array, which ensures the fastest and most accurate focusing even for moving objects. In addition, the ASUS TriTech + system includes servo autofocus (for both photos and video) and laser autofocus, which operates in just 0.03 seconds.
On its official website, ASUS has posted comparative photos of ZenFone 3 Zoom and iPhone 7 Plus, which show that the ZenFone 3 Zoom demonstrates better panorama shooting, better color rendering, better cope with night shooting and macro photography.
In a blind test comparing cameras of flagship smartphones and a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR, held in June 2017 among readers of hi-tech.mail.ru, ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom took 4th place, and bypassed a reflex camera, as well as the best in the world ( According to the authoritative resource Dxomark) HTC U11 smartphone camera. The editors of hi-tech.mail.ru commented on it like this: “ZenFone 3 Zoom was surprised. The smartphone does not belong to the category of premium ones, but readers liked its vivid photos.”
ZenFone 3 Zoom has a high-quality front camera with a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor and ASUS SuperPixel technology, which allows you to further increase the photosensitivity twice. When shooting in low light conditions, the smartphone screen turns bright white, playing the role of a flash. Combined with software features such as Portrait Enhancement and 140-Degree Panoramic Selfies, this camera allows you to get self-portraits with high detail and excellent quality – and with all your friends in the frame.
In the catalog of smartphones, Asus already has a model called Zoom, which was released in 2015-2016 and was the first attempt by a Taiwanese manufacturer to create a camera phone, even outwardly this smartphone was styled as a camera. This model is called ASUS ZenFone Zoom ZX551ML. Specifications ZenFone Zoom ZX551ML 64GB: 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, Android 5.0 operating system, 64 GB of constant and 4 GB of RAM, there is a slot for memory cards up to 64 GB Battery capacity – 3000 mAh. 4-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor. Without a fingerprint scanner.
As we can see, the difference in technical characteristics between the first Zoom and the current one is huge. The new model has a more powerful battery, another processor, dual camera, fingerprint scanner. And it is impossible to confuse these models from the outside, despite the same size.