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Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom ZE553KL: great 5.5-inch smartphone with Snapdragon 625 chipset, 4GB RAM, dual 12MP camera and 5000 mAh battery

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The dual camera setup seems to be flying this early in 2017, and Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom ZE553KL is the latest smartphone to join in the fray.

Let’s see how far they have come since the introduction of Zenfone 3 back in August 2016 with the below throwback of the following specs:

  • 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~386 ppi pixel density
  • All-metal body made of the finest aerospace-grade alloy, precision-milled with 0.14mm diamond-cutting technology
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset, Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo processor, Adreno 530 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • 23MP primary camera with f/2.0, laser/phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis) and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging: 60% in 39 minutes (Quick Charge 3.0)
  • SonicMaster and High-Res Audio certification
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2016 release date
  • $499 USD price tag

Even back then, it has everything that you could ask for from a flagship smartphone. An exquisite metal body with high-end hardware, great 23MP-8MP camera, great audio system and fast battery charging feature.

So where does Zenfone 3 Zoom stand in all this?

With the tagline “Catch the Moment”, you can see where Zenfone 3 Zoom is emphasising on – the dual camera. Its full specs can be found as per below:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset, Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 506 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP primary camera with (25mm, f/1.7, OIS (4-axis)& 59mm, f/2.8 aperture), laser/phase detection autofocus, 2.3x optical zoom factor and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 13MP secondary camera with Sony IMX 214 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 1/3" sensor size and 1.12 µm pixel size
  • 32GB/64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • DTS sound enhancement
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE

As you scrutinise further, you can see why Zenfone 3 Zoom is set to be one of the great camera smartphones for 2017. With a dual 12MP primary camera that is packed with lots of features and functions, it will set a new bar for mobile photography, combining two entirely new camera systems. A 12-megapixel ƒ/1.7 aperture, wide-angle lens with ASUS SuperPixel™ Technology is primed to capture everyday scenes, especially in dark environment; and a 12-megapixel 2.3x optical zoom for high-quality close-ups from farther away. Switching between its dual cameras takes just an instant, and the combination enables an all-new depth-of-field effect — for portraits that look like they were shot by a pro.

Not content with having a great primary camera, Zenfone 3 Zoom will also feature a selfie superstar. The remarkable front-facing camera employs a 13 megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor for high-resolution selfies, and the ASUS SuperPixel™ Technology can further enhance the light sensitivity up to 2 times. Screen Flash feature turns the entire screen bright white for brilliant illumination in low-light environments. Combined with the ZenUI Camera app’s unique Beautification and 140° Selfie Panorama modes, you’ll shoot selfies with more detail than ever before, add instant glamour and ensure that every friend is in the frame.

All that camera talk, and we have yet to cover everything else. With a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen, you can expect to view beautiful images popping out of the screen. Then there’s the fingerprint sensor for your biometric purpose and Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.

Under the hood of the Zenfone 3 Zoom will be the mid-range Snapdragon 625 chipset, a fast octa-core processor, decent graphics and 4GB RAM. This combination will ensure that you can run most of the apps and games out there with ease. 

With a selection of 32GB, 64GB or 128GB; you won’t be running out of space that soon. If you do, just put in a microSD card and go all the way up to 256GB. Go on ahead to snap all those high-res photos that you have been craving for.

Don’t worry about running low on battery with the Zenfone 3 Zoom while you are busy taking all those photos, as it is powered by a 5000 mAh battery. This should prove more than sufficient to have a day or two of battery life.

Last but not least, this smartphone will feature DTS sound enhancement which will give you a boost in the audio department. Put on your headphone and enjoy the great music out of it.


Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom ZE553KL is your definite choice if you are looking for a great camera smartphone. The industry’s best smartphone-camera technologies, innovative dual-lens optics, huge 5000 mAh battery, mid-range performance are all you need to make this a great device. All you need to be able to Catch the Moment.

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom ZE553KL is said to be released in the next couple of months although there’s no mention of the price yet. It will be available in Navy Black, Glacier Silver and Rose Gold.

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