After more than a year since its initial introduction, the Asus ZenFone Zoom is now actually close to becoming available in the US. The handset has so far been released in Taiwan, and it was recently revealed to be making the jump to the US sometime in February.
That hasn't changed, but starting today you can pre-order one if you so wish. It turns out that the phone will be exclusive to B&H stateside. The retailer will let you pre-order one for $399. That price is for an unlocked unit of course. The ZenFone Zoom is set to start shipping on February 1.
As a quick reminder, the device sports a 13 MP rear camera with f/2.7-f/4.8 aperture, dual-LED flash, laser autofocus, 3x optical zoom, and optical image stabilization. It also has a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, the Intel Atom Z3580 SoC (with a 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU), 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, 4G LTE support, a 5 MP front-facing camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.
It is a zoom lense- it has more glass - on full zoom the aperture has to be bigger to let in more light the smaller the aperture number the more light it allows through. F stops are double the light for each stop
I was really interested in this phone when was announced but delay of more thank a year cooled me down. Too late Asus. Next time, prepare product and release shortly after announcement or do not announce at all if you're not ready.
I bought this phone in Taiwan, and I can say the SoC is as fast as Galaxy s5 from geekbench 3 which is enough for the price range, and the 4GB ram really help A LOT. I went to TW on vacation I was surfing or watching youtube all the time in the Metro...