News by Micah Bartos on Monday November 16, 2015.
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We first heard about the ASUS ZenFone Zoom way back at the CES event in Las Vegas during January, but still the handset has not been launched. ASUS reconfirmed the potent camera smartphone at IFA in Berlin back in September and now finally it seems as though the ZenFone 2 Zoom as it has just passed through TENAA in China.The regulatory body passes products for sale in China, so this usually means that a handset will launch in the country during the coming weeks. The Zoom does not hide its intentions, with the camera module sitting proud and large on the back of the device. It comes with the new Asus UI running on top of Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop, although the skin is light load and simplistic, letting Lollipop speak for itself. It has similar specs to the ZenFone 2, which means: 2GB and 4GB RAM options, a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, an excellent 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options, micro SD card expansion, and of course that camera. It is a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.7 to 4.8-aperture, 10-element lenses with 3X optical zoom, OIS (optical image stabilisation), laser auto-focus and dual-color Real Tone flash. The device is more expensive than the bargain ZenFone 2 ($199.99) and will cost $399.99 when it launches.