The next ASUS ZenFone Zoom might use dual cameras instead of a mechanical zoom


The ASUS ZenFone Zoom lineup has been one of the more interesting options for camera nuts. The devices of old would be equipped with a mechanical optical zoom sensor that essentially made it a point-and-shoot and phone in one package.


But it looks like they want to take a different approach with the same concept. An ASUS device that is listed as the “ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom 3” at the Bluetooth SIG has turned up at the TENAA, and its profile photo shows a dual-rear camera setup.

It may retain its Zoom moniker by making the “zoom” feature work as a quick switch between a normal camera angle and a telephoto version. It’s the technique Apple used on the iPhone 7 Plus for their own “optical zoom” feature. Any further zoom would likely come from digital cropping, unless ASUS has managed to build one into such a small camera sensor (we doubt it)


Anyway, if it does indeed come with this iPhone-like trait, don’t expect iPhone-like performance, with TENAA suggesting a mid-ranger is on the way. Specs include 2GB, 3GB and 4GB of RAM alongside 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of storage, respectively. It’ll also supposedly rock a Snapdragon 625 chipset.

As for those cameras, you’re looking at 12.2MP and 13MP units. With ASUS typically waiting until CES to make noise about their new products we should look forward to January 2017 to hear more about their plans (alongside confirmation that they’re coming out with their very own Tango phone).

[via Times News]

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