Asus recently unveiled their Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom and Asus ZenFone AR, an upgrade from their flagship ZenFone 3. The phone will be available for purchase starting this February at POMP Mall and will cost about $536.

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom

The 3 Zoom introduces an AMOLED screen which will provide better quality than its predecessor and is a bit larger. It also packs a dual 12MP camera that rivals but does not entirely surpass the quality of the ZenFone 3. Aside from this, the phone holds a better 13MP selfie-snapper. Internally and externally, the differences between the standard ZenFone and the Zoom are not many. The latter comes only with 4GB RAM and offers a wider range of storage options.

Technologically speaking, the Zoom seems to be nothing more than an upgrade in photographic quality. The Asus Mobile has the same battery-saving Qualcomm Snapdragon S625 processor, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (also in the lens), and a bigger 5000 mAh battery that can act as a power bank to recharge external devices. As stated above, it only ditches the 3GB variant for 4GB RAM but keeps the Adreno 506 GPU. The Zoom goes all the way to 128GB of storage, while the regular ZenFone stops at 64GB.

The dual-lens in the rear has an aperture of f/1.7 for revamped depth-of-field and almost professional results. Users can play with sharpness via an intelligent Portrait Mode that captures the main subject in an image while softly blurring the background. The latest Sony IMX362 sensor also gives the phone 1.25 times more light reception, which will produce stunning photos even at night hours. Besides, an RGB color correction sensor provides enhanced coloring.

The resulting pictures come with a 1.4µm pixel size. For comparison, the iPhone 7 Plus offers only 1.22µm pixel size. Most phones only go as far as 1.0µm, which means that the Zoom takes photos with 96% more light on them.