B&H has Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) pre order – Just $329 USD

There is some odd pricing going on right now with the arrival of the Zenfone 3 Zoom. Originally it was slated to have a $399 USD price but that was before the actual launch. So this week we posted about the Amazon.com listing for a price of $406 USD which is about what we expected. Now today we see a super friendly pre order price of $329 USD from B&H.

(update: product page no longer up) Shopping Link –> Shop B&H: $329 Zenfone 3 Zoom

 

What we can say is that the B&H listing is live. What’s better is that B&H ship to Canada for free (minimum $99) and they also ship internationally. This would be the North American variant of the phone so beware of network compatibility. Check the details!

With this kind of price tag, $329 USD, it’s a great option. Even if you’re not an avid photographer, consider the massive 5,000mAh battery onboard and the AMOLED display which is nicer than the original Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL and ZE520KL).

Model: ZE553KL-S625-4G64G-BK

Surprise! Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) now available to buy from Amazon.com for $406 USD

Update: The Amazon listing/link below is currently showing as “unavailable”. In the meantime, we spotted a US based retailer (with international shipping) selling the Zenfone 3 Zoom for $329. Check it out here.

The Zenfone 3 Zoom was originally coming in February, then was going to be delayed until Q2 2017 for improvements. But as of today, you can buy one for $406 USD from Amazon.com! If you live in Canada, they will also ship to you.

From the listing, it’s sold by and shipped by Amazon.com. They list North American carrier compatibility. In other words this appears 100% legit and is not a 3rd party selling an international version of the Zenfone 3 Zoom.

Shop Now: Click here to buy or check out the Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) listing from Amazon.com

Something noteworthy here is the display. I have a Zenfone 3 Deluxe which sports the super AMOLED display which is truly premium. Yes, the Zenfone 3 Zoom has this same AMOLED display technology! So I can honestly tell you that it’s absolutely visually stunning as comparison to the LCD screen type.

The Zenfone 3 Zoom packs a big 5,000mAh battery which surpasses the 4,100mAh found in the Zenfone 3 Max series. The Zenfone 3 Zoom is also reverse charge capable so you can connect other devices and charge them off of this battery. The processor is a more power efficient Snapdragon S625 along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The color is the terrific Navy Black which is amazing from the photos and hands-on videos that I’ve seen.

This phone is really all about the cameras. It features dual rear camera with 12MP/12MP with 2.3X optical zoom, 4K video recording and 13MP front camera.

ZE553KL Image Gallery:

New Zenfone AR promo video – Release date nears

With a new promo video comes hope that the Zenfone AR (ZS571KL) is coming to a store near you soon. Things have been relatively quiet regarding the Zenfone AR so it’s about time we get something to get us all excited.

The Zenfone AR was first unveiled at CES 2017 in January to a lot of fanfare from the tech industry and news outlets. It’s a very unique offering and because of that, Asus did get some good coverage.

The big unknown right now is price. Based on the display resolution and features, I suspect we’re looking at something around the price of a Zenfone 3 Deluxe (ZS570).

The video below does delve into the features of the Zenfone AR. It almost gets bogged down in the details with how AR cameras work and what’s going on inside the phone to make the magic happen. It’s a bit confusing in all honesty. That said, brilliant high resolution display and a good overall spec sheet on this phone.

 

Software update for Zenfone 3 Zoom improves camera performance

The Zenfone 3 Zoom is currently available in a few select markets but North America is still awaiting availability. We did see some retail listings from the US a few weeks ago, but those have since been removed. Asia has seen a release but it appears that a wider global release has been delayed.

We’re already seen a few software updates for the new Zenfone 3 Zoom camera and here’s another one!

You can go into your system settings and get this update right away. Go the the last few settings and you will see a “check for updates” button.

As will most updates, it’s important to consider reviews of the Zenfone 3 Zoom and what software version they are running. In this case, with the numerous camera improvements rolled out since its release, the initial reviews may not be a fair representation of what they camera can do now.

Version: ZE553KL_WW_V11.40.86.71

Date: 2017/04/14

Release Notes:

  • Improve auto exposure
  • Improved picture taking experience.
  • Performance improved and bugs fixed.

[source: Asus]

 

 

New Zenfone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) update improves camera performance

Good news for Zenfone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) owners. Asus now has a new software update which sounds promising. According to release notes this update will improve camera performance and also provides an android security update.

Because I’m currently using a ZS570KL I will update my review if there are noticeable improvements to the camera performance. Without know the details, it’s going to be a bit of a guessing game for now.

Update Version: ZS570KL_WW_5.14.44.2096

Release Date: 2017/4/17

Software update for Zenfone 3 Deluxe (ZS550KL) improves camera and network connectivity

Asus has been busy at work trying to get the Zenfone 3 Series upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat. For the most part, they have accomplished this task.

Now we are seeing a software update for the less common 5.5-inch Zenfone 3 Deluxe (ZS550KL) model. This is not a bug fix update, but instead it’s improving some of the phones performance. Check the release notes below.

From what we saw with the Nougat update, this update should be coming any day to the more popular 5.7-inch Zenfone 3 Deluxe model.

Version: ZS550KL_WW_V23.40.87.40

Date: 2017/04/12

Release Notes:

  1. Lock screen wallpaper slideshow
  2. Change wallpaper every time you wake up your device. And users can go to “Settings” -> “Lock screen” -> “Wallpaper slideshow settings” for setting.
  3. Improve total user experience of shutter speed.
  4. Add “ CAF mode” setting to focus mode.
  5. Fix Camera app’s function problems and improve function reliability.
  6. Improve cell network connectivity.

[source: Asus]

Software update for Zenfone 3 Max 5.5-inch (ZC553KL) adds Power Master app

Asus recently rolled out a new “Power Master” app for the 5.2-inch Zenfone 3 Max model recently. As of today, you can now get this app via a software update.

Version: ZC553KL_WW_13.0.0.190

Release Date: 2017/04/07

Release Note:

  • Add ASUS Power Master: a brand-new application to excel battery performance.

[source: Asus.com]

Philippines officially gets Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) and Zenfone Live

Asus just had their official launch event for both the Zenfone 3 Zoom and Zenfone Live.

Price for the Zenfone 3 Zoom is Php 23,995 and Zenfone Live is Php 6,995.

The Zefone Live is not available yet, but you can get a Zenfone 3 Zoom now.

If you’re wondering about the price of the Zoom, keep in mind that is comes with four accessories worth over Php 4,000. The accessories in the bundle include:

  • JBL Bluetooth Speaker – Php 3,099
  • Asus Clear Case – Php 699
  • Asus TriPod – Php 799
  • Asus Zenear – Php 699

Price is a tricky situation because Asus is competing with the likes of OnePlus 3T, Huawei P9 and OPPO F3 Plus. A big consideration here is the whopping 5,000mAh battery which is going to be the gift that keeps on giving.

Quick look at the Zenfone 3 Zoom specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5.5-inch, full HD Super AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 5, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 64GB storage
  • Twin 12-megapixel rear cameras, Sony IMX362 image sensor, f/1.7 aperture, 1x, 2.3x optical zoom, laser AF, PDAF, EIS, OIS, 4K video recording
  • 13-megapixel front camera, Sony IMX214, f/2.0 aperture
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, Fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Android 6 Marshmallow, ZenUI 3.0

Asus is offering credit card installment program! With 0% interest for up to 12 months installment.

[source: Asus]