Asus debuted its ZenFone 3 Zoom at CES 2017 and finally, the device is all set to hit the store shelves in the U.S. Despite hinting at a delayed launch in order to upgrade the specifications earlier, the phone is now up for pre-order on B&H’s website bearing a price tag of $329.

Asus latest ZenFone: What's in store?

Following in the footsteps of its precursor, the ZenFone 3 Zoom focuses on mobile photography with #Optical Zoom. But, this time the Taiwanese handset maker decided to get rid of the standard 3X optical zoom 13MP lens and replace it with a dual-camera 12MP system instead. While one lens features a f/1,7 aperture 25mm wide-angle lens, the other boasts a 59mm second with 2.3X optical zoom.

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Moreover, the system is capable of magnifying up to 12X with digital zoom. The camera comes with RAW file and 4K video support, paired with full manual controls thus allowing users to fiddle with aperture, ISO as well as shutter speed. In order to keep these features from completely draining battery life, the popular handset manufacturer has backed the handset with a robust a 5,000mAh battery.

The much-anticipated smartphone has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display. It is powered by a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor and packs 3GB of RAM coupled with 32GB of expandable storage under the hood. The smartphone runs the aged Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system and is currently up for grabs at leading US retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg and more. Alternatively, smartphone enthusiasts can buy the phone from Asus's official website.

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ZenFone 3 Zoom: the latest cameraphone by Asus

On the photography front, the upcoming device sports a 13MP front shooter and a couple of 12MP rear-mounted cameras with IMX362 Sony sensor. There's no official word regarding exactly when the pre-order will end and the shipping will start. Nevertheless, more shreds of information are likely to surface online sooner rather than later.

Asus X00ID spotted on GFXBench

Meanwhile, Asus X00ID has made an appearance on GFXBench giving tech buffs a peek at its specifications that seem quite identical to the Zenfone 4 Max, which is all set to launch by the end of the month.

The recently discovered listing on benchmarking website completely aligns with previous reports that have been indicating that Asus is hard at works on a mid-range smartphone that focuses on the camera component. Aside from that, the GFXBench listing for model number Asus X00ID divulges more details about the long-rumored handset's dual camera module.

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