Why I bought a Zenfone 3 Zoom last week

The world of Zenfone is a rocking right now. The Zenfone 4 is rolling out across the globe with a North American release coming very soon. In fact the Zenfone 4 Max is in North America already.

So why the heck did I just go and buy a Zenfone 3 Zoom last week? Afterall, the Zenfone 4 line-up is coming to where I live in short time. Am I a party pooper?

More than anything it was called a sale. The Zenfone 3 Zoom a couple of weeks ago was at a fair discount and it was beyond tempting. More than that, Best Buy has this lovely price match where you save even more because the price difference means you pay even less than what the competitor is selling something for. So first and foremost the price was too hard to pass on.

As a complete package, I feel the Zenfone 3 Zoom has everything you could ever want at a price that’s big time value. Be sure that thanks to Apple, AMOLED displays cost more now than when Asus produced the Zenfone 3 Zoom. A shortage of AMOLED displays means higher cost to companies like Asus. I truly believe that the Zenfone 3 Zoom managed to get those screens at an ideal time and therefore the price of that phone is really cheap considering that display.

I have a Zenfone 3 Deluxe with a AMOLED display. Needless to say every time I unlock it, I’m astonished. I simply can’t own a phone that doesn’t have this display type. If you want that quality display of course the phones cost more than the others. Thus, not everyone can get this display which makes something like the Zenfone 4 a better overall value minus the premium display. It really depends on your budget of course.

The Zenfone 3 Zoom has a whopper of a battery. It has the battery of the Max series, but in a package that has this premium display. Let me not forget the dual rear camera. There is essentially a trio of features in this phone that make it genius. It’s not the fastest, thinnest or lightest, but it sure does tick a lot of boxes that are key with a smartphone.

So if you see an AMOLED display, big battery and dual cameras as important, I urge you to look at the Zenfone 3 Zoom before they are no longer available. Grab one while you can.

To be clear, the Zenfone 4 main model is going to provide a better camera experience and a nice over design. That’s assured. The Zenfone 4 Pro has top of class hardware along with superior cameras. But also you may be in a pinch right now and can’t wait for the Zenfone 4 series to land in stores. In that case, take a look at the Zenfone 3 Zoom and also consider the Best Buy price match and use that to your advantage.

Our hiatus is over! We’re back!

Well it has been a long crazy summer on a personal level. Our level of updates and news has been absent as of late on the site. Be assured that we’re back and will be pumping out Zenfone news as we’ve done in the past. If you’ve been checking in, we thank you for that. The Zenfone 4 launch is certainly underway with the North America launching coming in a staggered process as the Zenfone 4 Max is already in the US and Canada.

Thank you for your continued support and visits!

Buy Zenfone 4 models now!

Asus was delayed in their official Zenfone 4 line-up unveiling, but they aren’t wasting time getting the phones into stores. So right now you can order a variety of Zenfone 4 models including the main model ZE554KL along with the Zenfone 4 Selfie and Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro. We are hoping to see the Zenfone 4 Pro as well. We will do our best to track various listings here.

So you can buy out of Taiwan which means you need to check compatibility depending where you live. In the past we’ve ordered via Taiwan eBay sellers and the experience was excellent. I do highly recommend going for an expedited shipping because you don’t want to wait too long. If you’re ordering early to get one there is no sense being cheap on shipping because it’s going to make the wait painful. Pay for expedited shipping if you want some friendly advice.

Current Cheapest Zenfone 4 Deals on eBay:

Link: $389 USD – Zenfone 4 (ZE554KL) 4GB/64GB – Ships Worldwide

Link: $365 USD – Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) 4GB/64GB – Ships Worldwide

It’s here. Zenfone 4 officially launches

Sorry for the delay in this post. Vacation and internet access “in the middle of nowhere” are the culprits. Needless to say, expect to see the best image galleries and pricing information in the coming days.

Asus just took the wraps off the Zenfone 4 series and we have the details. First, the pricing is not to be taken “as is”. Do not simply convert these Taiwanese prices to your countries currency and consider that the selling price. So take the details of the phones and wait for a detailed model price when a launch happens for your region or country.

Let’s look at each of the models, in an overview way for now. Detailed pages will coming in the next number of days, along with high resolution images.

Zenfone 4 Pro (ZS551KL)

This is the most premium Zenfone 4 offering. Further down the line there will likely be a Zenfone 4s Superior, but nothing official in that regard.

Display is king on the ZS551KL with an AMOLED, FHD display. There is a 2x zoom on the rear cameras, which are a 12MP Sony IMX362 and a 16MP Sony IMX351. You also get an 8MP front facing camera.

Being a flagship, the Zenfone 4 Pro (ZS551KL) comes with the current top-end hardware. This means it packs a Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage and a microSD card slot that can expand storage by an additional 2TB. The battery is quite good at 3,600mAh.

Zenfone 4 (ZE554KL)

Zenfone 4


This is the mainstream model which is mid priced with mid specs. It’s 5.5-inches with FHD IPS display. Incorrect reports out there may suggest the ZE554KL comes with an AMOLED display, but that is not the case. There will be two different variations with either a Snapdragon 640 or Snapdragon 660. Either of those processors is more about battery savings than horsepower. There is also a 3,300mAh battery. Cameras are quite robust, offering a dual lens rear that provides 120-degree wide angle photos. There is a 8MP front facing camera as well. Depending on your region, you will get either 4GB or 6GB of RAM with 64MB storage.

Zenfone 4 Selfie

Zenfone 4 Selfie


Asus went big on cameras this year and the Zenfone 4 Selfie is specific to one consumer. The selfie fans will love this. Budget pricing is part of the Zenfone 4 Selfie as well.

The Zenfone 4 Selfie has the dual lens on the front with a single lens camera on the rear. We will get into the camera specs on our dedicated page coming in the next few days.

It’s a 5.5-inch display (IPS) with a 720P resolution. It comes with 4GB RAM along with a Snapdragon 430 processor.

Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro

Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro


If you want selfie camera excellence but don’t want to skimp on specs and hardware, the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro is a good fit.

Display wise, you get a FHD display which is AMOLED. You get better spec cameras on the Pro version which you would expect. It comes with a Snapdragon 625 processor along with a 3,000mAh battery.

Zenfone 4 Max / Zenfone 4 Max Pro

Zenfone 4 Max Pro


The Zenfone 4 Max has seen a release prior to this big official Zenfone 4 launch event. What’s new though is the Zenfone 4 Max Pro. We are just getting mor details for you as these weren’t part of the big unveil. From what we can see, both offer a 720P resolution IPS display, 5,000mAh battery with the pro versions having better cameras.

Our Initial Thoughts

Asus has gone “all in” with camera capabilities throughout this years Zenfone 4 offerings. There isn’t a super sized offering, and 5.5-inch and 5.2-inch is what will be coming to most markets. The Zenfone Laser series appears to have run its course which is unfortunate because the Zenfone 3 Laser offered a FHD display at a model price point.

Display wise, AMOLED is certainly worth the price of admission. If that’s something you are intereted in above all else, then you’re looking at the Zenfone 4 Pro or Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro.

There are some missing details so far on display resolution but it appears FHD is found on the Zenfone 4 Pro, Zenfone 4, and Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro.

Stay tuned for deep Zenfone 4 content specific to each model.

US / Canada Zenfone 4 Pro (64GB) price same as Zenfone AR (64GB)

There is now some discussion about projected Zenfone 4 pricing. That story which lists Taiwan rumored prices out of Taiwan has hit some of the major tech websites which are, as expected, having a field day on guessing prices for the US market. Don’t be fooled here. Far too much misinformation because simple Taiwan to USD conversions are simply no way accurate for Asus product pricing.

Let’s get one thing clear. Our information is UNOFFICIAL. However, you should trust us.

The Zenfone 4 Pro (ZS551KL) is going to be priced the same as the Zenfone AR. We are specifically referring to the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage unlocked model of the Zenfone AR. We cannot speak to markets outside of North America, but wherever you live, take a look at the unlocked Zenfone AR model with 64GB storage and that should be right at or near the Zenfone 4 Pro (ZS551KL) price. That gives you something to consider as the global Zenfone 4 series release gets underway shortly.

So the current Zenfone AR (ZS571KL) prices, unlocked 6GB RAM, 64GB storage model are as follows:

US – $599 CAD

Canada – $899 CAD

This is our price expectation for the most expensive Zenfone 4 model at launch, the Pro ZS551KL. We are expecting this model to have an AMOLED display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution alongside 6GB of RAM. We still think that Asus is keeping the all out premium model for the Zenfone 4s which is not part of the initial launch units.

Zenfone (A007) shows up at FCC – Zenfone Live (ZB501KL)

We’re talking Zenfone 4 these days, but the A007 model just showed up at the FCC. The Zenfone Live (ZB501) has the model number of A007.

The Zenfone Live is a budget phone that has enhancements for live streaming. Beautification is what this phone is capable of so some of us may benefit more than others from this technology. The Zenfone Live is similar in specs to the Zenfone Go series and both have been largely targeted at the Asian markets. It’s a big surprising to see the ZB501KL in the US or North America especially with the Zenfone 4 series coming. It’s also worth noting that the FCC appearance doesn’t guarantee that it’s going to be sold in stores. Let’s see what happens!

[source: FCC]