Event Coverage – ASUS Showcased Zenfone Zoom, Exclusive to Starhub

Held at Park Royal Hotel, ASUS Singapore unveiled the ZenFone Zoom, the World’s Thinnest 3X Optical Zoom Smartphone equipped with optical image stabilisation and laser auto-focus.

ASUS ZenFone Zoom. Source: Instagram user @weewu

With built-in optical image stabilisation (OIS) to eliminate shakes and blurred shots, and powered by a high-performance quad-core Intel® Atom processor with 4GB RAM for ultra-fast performance, the ZenFone Zoom, according to ASUS, promises to pack DSLR-style shooting experiences into a metal unibody that tapers to a mere 5mm making it easier to bring around especially during holiday travels.

3X Optical Zoom and OIS, 10-element Lens, Real Tone Flash and Laser Focus

ZenFone Zoom is the world’s thinnest optical zoom smartphone, with a 13MP PixelMaster rear camera and 3X lens in a body that measures just 5mm at the edges. The innovative 10-element digital eye was created by the optics experts at Hoya. Glass, synthetic and prismatic lenses are meticulously configured in a dual-prism periscope arrangement to maximise incoming light and capture the best possible photo quality. Equipped with a built-in OIS, it ensures sharper, steadier shots every time even at maximum 3X optical magnification.

Furthermore, the rear camera features a dual-LED Real Tone flash to create the most natural illumination for indoor portraits, generating the perfect combination of yellow and white to capture life-like colours and skin tones. ZenFone Zoom’s rear lens also has a laser auto-focus function to point and shoot with total clarity in just 0.03 seconds.

Periscopic Design, Pro Results and Premium Finish

The ZenFone Zoom was meticulously created to be the world’s thinnest optical zoom smartphone with ASUS engineers rotating the ZenFone Zoom’s lens mechanism to create a compact, intricately-calibrated periscope-style camera in a smartphone. Coupled with a Panasonic SmartFSI® image sensor, the ZenFone Zoom captures more light and more colour, revealing detail and beauty in both natural and low-light compositions that other smartphone cameras will never see.

The ZenFone Zoom’s design takes its cue from the look and feel of professional DSLR cameras, with dedicated buttons for shooting and recording. Its strong uni-body frame is precision-crafted to a metallic finish that is smooth to the touch, with a choice of premium Pure Black or sleek Ceramic White on the rear, plus diamond-cut edges to create four stunning patterns across the back and sides. The ZenFone Zoom even has an integrated a safety loop and many stylish strap options, for confident shooting from any angle.

(From Left) Wong Li-Na, Head of Product & Marketing, Starhub and Benson Lin, ASUS Corporate VP showcase the ASUS ZenFone Zoom. Source: Instagram user @weewu

The intuitive ZenUI Camera app makes it a breeze to capture professional-quality photographs. ASUS-exclusive Super Resolution mode applies multi-frame-fusion technology to create incredibly-detailed photos. Four high-resolution 13MP shots are fused to create a single image of with clarity that’s four times (4X) greater than a single shot. In either night time or day time, the ZenFone Zoom captures more detail and less noise and Super Resolution shots of up to 52MP.

In addition, the ZenFone Zoom excels at macro photography, enabling extreme close-ups as near as 5cm (2in) to reveal new and unseen worlds of detail. It also allows users to customise their camera features with one tap through the Manual mode, allowing instant adjustment of shutter speed, exposure value, white balance, ISO and a host of other professional-grade settings.

High performance: 64-bit quad-core power, 4GB RAM and Full HD IPS display

The ZenFone Zoom’s 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor carefully balances brilliant performance and superb power efficiency, empowered by Intel’s sophisticated 22nm Silvermont architecture. Intel’s new Tri-Gate transistors have three times (3X) more surface area than planar transistors, enabling the flow of more electrons that increase computing performance and reduce power leakage. Furthermore, coupled with a huge 4GB of fast dual-channel DDR3 RAM, the ZenFone Zoom provides top performance in a smartphone.

Featuring a high-capacity 3000mAh battery and 60ms touch-response time, the ZenFone Zoom delivers fast and fluid performance anywhere and users are able to work and play from dawn to dusk. The ZenFone Zoom also features the exclusive ASUS BoostMaster technology for turbo-speed charging that takes the battery from zero to 60% in just 39 minutes.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Starting 10 March, customers can visit StarHub’s Online Store at www.starhub.com/store to buy the ZenFone Zoom. Please refer to the below table for details on pricing.

StarHub Mobile Postpaid Plan 4G 300M 4G 3 4G 4 4G 5 4G 6 4G 12
Monthly Fee $27.90 $42.90 $62.90 $82.90 $102.90 $220
Local Talktime (mins) 100 150 350 450 700 Unlimited
Local SMS 500 1000 1200 1300 1500 Unlimited
Local Data Bundle 300MB 3GB 4GB 5GB 6GB 12GB
64GB ASUS ZenFone Zoom $449 $349 $99 $0 $0 $0

For those who are not ready to sign up contract, you may wish to get this device at $659/-

SPECIFICATIONS
ASUS ZenFone Zoom
Processor Quad-core, 64-bit Intel® Atom
Operating system ASUS ZenUI under Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Display 5.5-inch with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution and 403ppi pixel density
IPS display with 400cd/m2 brightness and full-screen lamination
Scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 with anti-fingerprint coating
PixelMaster cameras Rear: 13MP, f/2.7- to 4.8-aperture, 10-element, 3X optical zoom lens, with optical image stabilisation (OIS), laser auto-focus and dual-colour Real Tone flash
Front: 5MP, f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle 88-degree lens with Panoramic Selfie
PixelMaster features include Low Light mode, Backlight (Super HDR) mode, Beautification mode, Professional (manual-settings) mode
Network standards GSM/GPRS/EDGE; WCDMA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+; FDD-LTE
(Network support varies by country)
Memory and storage 64GB ROM
mDDR3 4GB RAM
Micro SD card slot (up to 128GB supported)
Wireless 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth® 4.0
Connectors 3.5mm audio jack, single micro-SIM
Location sensors GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Other sensors Accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, gyro, digital compass and Hall-effect sensors
Battery 3000mAh non-removable lithium-polymer
Colours Obsidian Black, Glacier White
Dimensions
(H x W x D)
158.9 x 78.84 x 11.95~5mm
Weight 185g


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