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Released: Dec, 2015
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  • Display : 5.5 inches, IPS LCD
  • Max OS : Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Storage : 128 GB
  • RAM : 4 GB
  • Body Material : Aluminium
  • Cameras : Rear: 13 MP, Front: 5 MP
  • Dimensions (L, B, W) : 6.26, 3.1, 0.47 in.
  • Connectivity : 4G, VoLTE

After launching a couple of affordable and powerful smartphones in the last couple of years, Asus has recently announced their latest flagship smartphone – the Asus Zenfone Zoom ZX551ML.

This phablet is being touted as a potential replacement for your DSLR camera! We’re here to find out whether all the hype is justified, or not.

Released in December 2015, Asus’ latest offering features a 5.5 inch Full-HD IPS display with a pixel density of 401 ppi and a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on top. Text appears sharp and crisp while colours are vibrant. Outdoor legibility isn’t the best, as was the case with the Zenfone 2.

This phablet comes packed with Android 5.0 Lollipop with Asus’ Zen UI on top. You can expect to see a lot of the Zen UI features that were seen on the Zenfone 2 (which was released in Q1 of 2015), including a hefty amount of pre-installed applications, which most people would consider ‘bloatware’.
The pre-installed apps cannot be deleted from the smartphone, but you can disable them. Asus also lets you select which apps will be blocked from running automatically when you restart the smartphone – which is a very good thing, considering the boatload of stuff they’ve crammed in there, gratis.

Under the hood, this device is powered by a quad-core 64-bit Intel Atom Z3590 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz and backed by the PowerVR G6430 graphics unit and an ample 4 GB RAM.

There are three memory variants on offer: 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB; each of which allow you expand the memory upto 128 GB externally.

Performance is blazing fast, just as you’d expect from Asus, who have a habit of coming up with powerful devices that show no signs of lag or stutter in daily use. Heavy duty games such as Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2 also run with relative ease and the device didn’t even show any signs of heating up!

Getting to the highlight feature of this smartphone – the camera. There’s a 13 megapixel camera unit at the back with an f/2.7-4.8 aperture, 3x optical zoom, laser autofocus, optical image stabilisation and dual-LED flash. The 10-element lens design also allows for 12x digital zoom.

There’s also a new Super Resolution mode that can create shots up to 52 megapixels, along with a manual mode that allows for instant adjustment of the shutter speed, exposure, white balance, ISO, and many other Pro level grade settings.

Whether it is good enough to replicate the quality of a DSLR however, remains to be seen.

At the front is a 5 megapixel shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. The front camera manages to click some decent selfies in daylight, but images take a hit during low-light conditions and tend to offer very little detail with a good amount of distortion.

Other features include: fast battery charging (60% in 40 minutes) and 5 GB of free lifetime Asus WebStorage.

There’s a 3000 mAh battery unit inside this smartphone which should last you a day, if not more. This phablet is available in two colours – Pure Black, Ceramic White.

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