ASUS ZenFone Zoom launched for RM2099, coming end of January 2016 with ZenWatch 2 and more


ASUS Malaysia and Intel Malaysia presenting the ASUS ZenFone Zoom

ASUS Malaysia have just launched the long awaited ASUS ZenFone Zoom. Designed with the cameraphone enthusiast in mind the ZenFone Zoom packs in a 2.5GHz Intel Atom Z3590 processor, 13MP PixelMaster rear camera with 3x optical zoom, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), laser autofocus, 10-element Hoya lens and dual-tone LED flash. It will be priced at RM2099 with a Malaysia release date expected at the end of January 2016. Check out the full tech specs below:

  • 2.5GHz Intel Atom Z3590 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB storage + up to 128GB microSD
  • 5.5-inch display (full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 4)
  • 13MP rear camera (PixelMaster, OIS, 3x Optical Zoom, 10-element Hoya Lens, dual-tone LED flash) + 5MP front camera
  • 158.9 x 78.8 x 5mm~12mm | 185g
  • supports 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 3000 mAh battery (quick charging)

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom will be priced at RM2099

As per our previous hands-on experience with the ASUS ZenFone Zoom, the smartphone features a full metal frame all around the device but unlike previously, the back now has a hard leather surface for better grip and a more premium look. While it feels like plastic, ASUS have apparently used premium leather in the making to create a more durable leather backside unlike the soft leather backed LG G4.


According to ASUS, the treatment process hardens the leather, making it more durable

While the rear camera hump is quite pronounced, the ZenFone Zoom is still quite thin with a 5mm edge and is relatively lightweight at just 185g. It is 12mm thin at the camera hump but at least there isn't any telescoping zoom lens. A dedicated 2-stage camera shutter button is also located on the side along with a video record button and zoom rocker. ASUS have also added on a Panasonic Smart FSI image sensor for better camera performance.


The ASUS ZenFone Zoom feels like the ultimate cameraphone, minus the thick telescoping zoom barrel

In addition to the ZenFone Zoom, ASUS also announced the ASUS ZenWatch 2 smartwatch, ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe Edition smartphone, ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501 notebook computer and ASUS Zen AIO Pro all-in-one. While there are no definite pricing details for these devices yet, they are also expected to arrive in Malaysia at the end of the month as well.


The very pretty ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition also got displayed


The ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501 notebook computer was also on display


The ASUS ZenFone Zoom in action, check out the detail with 3x optical zoom