The first time we saw this phone was back in September at IFA in Berlin, but it was originally announced was during last year’s CES so it has been quite a while between announcement and a firm launch date.
The ZenFone Zoom features a 22nm quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 2.33GHz or a 22nm quad-core Intel Atom Z3590 2.50GHz (up to two cores running at 2.50GHz), 4GB of LPDDR3 memory and 64GB or 128GB of NAND flash storage and supports up to 128GB of additional microSD card storage.
The device measures 158.9mm long by 78.84mm wide by 5 – 11.9mm thick and weighs in at 0.18 kilograms (0.40 pounds). In terms of display quality, the device will feature an IPS panel measuring 5.5 inches with a 1920x1080p resolution and built with Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
In an effort to be another “world’s first” smartphone, ASUS claims that the ZenFone Zoom is the “world’s thinnest 3X optical smartphone offering up to a 12X zoom-in effect.”
Connectivity options include Micro-USB 2.0, NFC, GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, 4G LTE (Category 4 LTE) and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
The ZenFone Zoom will be launching at $399 USD in February for the 64GB model. Pricing for the 128GB model with Z3590 SoC has yet to be announced.