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Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom has a giant battery and two cameras for $329

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2.3X optical zoom, and a 5,000mAh battery

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Asus’ ZenFone 3 Zoom, a follow-up to 2015’s original ZenFone Zoom, is now available with a starting retail price of $329. Like its predecessor, this gadget prioritizes mobile photography with optical zoom. Although, this time around, Asus has swapped out the original 3X optical zoom 13MP lens for a dual-camera 12MP system. One lens is a f/1,7 aperture 25mm wide-angle lens, while the second is a 59mm second with 2.3X optical zoom. The system can magnify up to 12X with digital zoom.

Asus says the camera has RAW file and 4K video support, as well as full manual controls, so you can tinker with aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. To keep all these features from hogging battery life, Asus has stuffed a 5,000mAh battery into a device that, at just under eight millimeters thin, is actually three millimeters slimmer than the original Zoom, according to Asus.

As far as specs go, the ZenFone 3 Zoom comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It’s running Android 7.0 Nougat and comes powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor. You can buy the ZenPhone 3 Zoom from most major US retailers like Best Buy and Amazon, as well Asus’ website.