- General fluidity.
- Quality of wide angle and zoom shots in broad daylight.
- Multimedia performance.
- Extremely comfortable.
- True Amoled screen.
- Pictures in low light disappointing.
- Fingerprint reader too high.
BOTTOM LINE :
The Asus Zenfone Zoom S stands out as one of the most interesting terminals of the manufacturer. He makes quite a few mistakes and even allows himself to come heckle the iPhone 7 Plus in his garden. To top it off, this smartphone has an excellent autonomy that places it far enough in front of the competition on this point.
Asus returns to the charge with a new Zenfone Zoom S, but this time the Taiwanese manufacturer drops the mechanical zoom for a dual module system, similar to that of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The photo is therefore placed at the center of Asus’s speech, but not only. The Zoom S is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery for maximum autonomy. All this gives us a very interesting smartphone for less than 500 $.
08/06/2017 with 17:59
The Asus Zenfone Zoom S is a smartphone that rests on a 5.5-inch screen in Amoled Full HD (1920 x 1080 px). It is powered by a Qualcomm SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 8-core ARM Cortex-A53, an Adreno 506 iGPU and 4 GB of RAM. The model sold in France has 128 GB of internal memory, a memory that can be extended with a microSD card. Asus has chosen to integrate a big battery of 5000 mAh in its Zoom S,
but is content with the version 6.0 Marshmallow of Android and it is Android 7.1.1 that turns the beast. As for connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS or the 4G LTE.
The Zenfone Zoom S offers a photo experience similar to that of the iPhone 7 Plus. It incorporates two back modules each with a 12 Mpx sensor. While the former has a wide-angle optics (equivalent 25 mm) stabilized at aperture f / 1.7, the second is surmounted by a 59 mm non-stabilized and opening at f / 2.6. Two cameras that give the equivalent of a 2.3x zoom to this smartphone. At the front, it’s a more classic 8 Mpx sensor that takes care of capturing self-portraits.
ERGONOMICS AND DESIGN
The back of the device is dressed in a brushed metal elegant and pleasant in hand, but slippery; the clumsy are forewarned. Also on the back of the smartphone is a fingerprint reader. If its operation does not show any weakness and unlock Zoom S quickly, its positioning is more problematic. For a standard-sized hand, reaching this fingerprint reader at the end of the index requires some gymnastics. He would have deserved to be a centimeter below.
On the right side, the volume and locking buttons fall much more easily under the thumb of a right hand. As on the majority of its smartphones, Asus has positioned the navigation keys in the bar that highlights the screen. A choice that allows us to exploit this fairly wide space. A 5.5-inch terminal is rarely fully usable with one hand. The Zenfone Zoom S does not escape the rule, especially since the occupancy of the front panel by the screen is not exceptional (70.5%).
As often, you have to enter the settings of the smartphone and choose the display mode “Standard”. With this one, one obtains a delta E to 3.1, for colors almost perfect with the naked eye. The best cameras are capable of passing under a delta E of 2. For the color temperature, it is also necessary to go through the setting of the display to obtain a good value at 6674 K.
Concerning the reactivity, the screen of the Zenfone Zoom S is in the correct average. We detected a tactile delay of 79 ms, below the average of our comparison (87 ms). The remanence is excellent since it is zero.
INTERFACE AND NAVIGATION
Unfortunately, Asus did not bother to release its Zenfone Zoom S with Android 7.0 Nougat. Here you have to be satisfied with the version 6.0 Marshmallow of the OS of Google. A very critical choice as Nougat is available for almost a year now and that does not make it very serious for a smartphone with such qualities otherwise.
We therefore find the usual interface of Asus, ZenUI, still colorful and whose icons round are no longer so much in the air of time. In addition, Asus continues to install a myriad of applications not necessarily useful, but rather intrusive. One is constantly harassed by the notifications of the optimization of this or that application. We still find the suite of Google apps (Gmail, YouTube or Maps). Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are also part of the game and can only be disabled at best. All of this results in occupying 18 GB by default on the 128 GB internal memory.
The shortcuts – which are beginning to be well known at Asus – are also present. They allow for example to lock the screen of a double tap, to launch an application quickly by tracing a letter of the finger on the screen or to switch to the mode of use with one hand, which passes the display on a small portion of the screen.
Overall, the behavior of the SoC Snapdragon 625 and the 4 GB of RAM that accompany it is very good. Slowdowns are counted on the fingers of one hand after a week of use and the Zoom S allows you to run the vast majority of Play Store applications without any hassle.
On the audio side, make sure to disable the Audio Wizard from Asus. This one has an unfortunate tendency to bring its lot of distortion, to tighten the stereo and to clamp the output power. Once cleared of this anti-music lover, one obtains a distortion very low and a correct power, but always limited for greedy helmets. The dynamic range measured here is in the average of our comparison, while the reproduction of the stereo image is rather satisfactory for a smartphone. The loudspeaker positioned on the bottom edge is not a precision model and will be enough for calls, even videos without music.
For video games, the graphics chip Adreno 506 has good dispositions. She runs all the games in the Play Store without any false notes. Only the few very greedy games will occasionally ask for some concessions on the level of graphics.
Capture in low light is less brilliant. On our test stage, the iPhone 7 Plus provides better results, but this one captures at a speed half as much. Anyway, the result is correct, but still far from what the U11 and G6 propose.
The front sensor of 13 Mpx ranks among the good students of our comparison. The photographs are of good quality and sufficiently detailed. It is nevertheless necessary to make sure to completely disable all so-called “beauty” tools that tend to smooth out the face. The backlight management is flawless and the white balance measurement also.