Asus ZenFone Zoom Philippines Review Package Arrives in TechPinas HQ!

In my eight years of being a technology blogger, I've received many cool gadget review units and packages. This one right here - from Asus Philippines - is definitely one of the most well-prepared.

Asus ZenFone Zoom Philippines
They sent me their new imaging-powerhouse Asus ZenFone Zoom to experience and compare with my other great cameraphones. It's beautiful; A joy to hold and behold.

The media kit is so special it was even bubble-wrapped. I appreciate that.

And apparently, TechPinas is the first Filipino tech blog to receive such package. Ain't that something? I'm very grateful.

"See The World Up Close"

The box obviously contained more than just the review unit.

Asus ZenFone Zoom Philippines
Removing the outer case revealed this note.

"The world is a big place with endless things to explore and experience. But the best stories are often hidden in the details and easy to overlook. With the ZenFone Zoom, you can See What Others Can't See - with true 3x optical zoom, it comes with powerful Intel Atom processor and has a thin form factor to ensure that wherever you go, you never miss an incredible moment. Now, no matter what your passion is, you'll always be able to capture the stores within the details. The Search for Incredible has never been so easy. See the World Up Cose. See your passions in rich detail. And then keep zooming."

Asus ZenFone Zoom Philippines
Check out the complete kit.

Asus ZenFone Zoom Philippines

Meet Zenny! Introduced at ZenFestival 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia, Zenny - who's an owl - is Asus' new mascot, 'guiding them to the future'.

Asus included these Zencredible cards to help me in reviewing ZenFone Zoom. Looks like I'll have to take Zenny out and snap photos of him in various scenes using the smartphone.

Now, let's take the ZenFone Zoom box out.

A true high-end release. Asus ZenFone Zoom comes in this elegant black box, different from the packaging design of ZenFone 2, ZenFone Selfie, and other 2015 models.

The device's key technical specifications are listed on this white sticker at the bottom. I have Asus ZenFone Zoom ZX551ML with 2.5 GHz Intel Atom Z3590 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. It's an LTE-enabled 5.5-inch Full HD Android Lollipop smartphone.

The standard retail package includes the unit itself, travel charger, microUSB to USB connector cable, earphones, extra silicone buds, and wrist strap.

The strap is made of genuine leather with real metal accents.

The stereo headphones have in-ear silicone buds and microphone for making calls.

Asus ZenFone Zoom Philippines
For those who are wondering, the removable back plate of Asus ZenFone Zoom flaunts genuine Italian Leather. The Asus and Intel logos are heat-pressed into it while the protruding strip at the bottom keeping the phone from rocking when you put in on the table is hand-woven.

Asus ZenFone Zoom Philippines
The luxurious rear design is complemented by the opulent CNC-prepared Aluminum frame that gives the device an air of durability and corporate sophistication.

Asus ZenFone Zoom Philippines
Asus ZenFone Zoom is now available at select Asus Concept Stores and authorized retail partners across the country. You can get it for Php 26,995 and it's out in just one color: Black.

Expect to see my full review of this incredible imaging-centric smartphone within the next few days. And yes, I'll also compare it with my Nokia Lumia 1020; I'm sure many of you will love that.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Asus Zenfone Zoom Philippines ZX551ML
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Phablet
Price Category High-end (Flagship Level)
Dimensions158.9 x 78.8 x 12 mm
Weight 185 grams
Available Colors Black (Italian Leather)
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop with Zen UI
Display 5.5 inches (~403 ppi pixel density), 1080 x 1920 pixels, IPS+, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Gorilla Glass 4
Processor Quad Core 64-bit 2.5 GHz Intel Atom Z3590 chipset with PowerVR G6430 GPU
Internal Storage 128 GB of ROM, expandable via microSD card slot
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, 4208 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, Dual Tone LED flash
Front: 5 MegaPixels
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, HD for front camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE Cat4, NFC
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Gyroscope
Network 2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 and SIM 2, 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G LTE 700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29), TD-LTE 1900 / 2300 / 2500 / 2600 (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
SIM Card Type Single microSIM
Battery Non-removable 3,000 mAh Li-Po battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Zen UI, PixelMaster camera, Affordable price tag; Top-notch specs, Fast Charging
Announcement Philippines, January 16, 2016 ~ ZenFestival 2016, Cebu City
Availability January 2016
Price Official SRP: Php 26,995