Asus seems to be prepping an updated version of its Zenfone Zoom.

The original was a smartphone with a 3x optical zoom lens and specs that are largely the same as those for the Asus Zenfone 2. The follow-up is called the Asus Zenfone 3, and it’s a phone with dual cameras on the back.

As Notebook Italia discovered, an unannounced Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) just showed up at the Bluetooth SIG website.

The Bluetooth SIG product description is unusually wordy, so we know that the phone will have:

  • 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel AMOLED 2.5D glass display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 5,000 mAh battery
  • 13MP front camera
  • 12.2M and 13MP rear cameras

Update: Chinese regulatory agency TENAA has also posted some pictures and specs of the Zenfone 3 Zoom, also known as the Asus Z01HD.
From these we learn that the phone will be available with 2GB 4GB of RAM and 16GB to 64GB of storage, depending on the configuration.

It’s not clear if the new model has a telescopic lens like its predecessor, but the name suggests this is a camera-centric phone with some sort of zoom enhanced capabilities. Maybe the Zenfone 3 Zoom uses an iPhone 7 Plus-like system to leverage the twin cameras on the back of the phone to let you zoom in without using moving parts and without sacrificing picture quality.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Asus officially unveiled the new Zenfone 3 Zoom at the Consumer Electronics Show in January… although that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to buy one anytime soon. The company has a habit of showing off hardware many months before it’s ready to ship.

The original Zenfone Zoom was first introduced during at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, but didn’t hit store shelves until February, 2016.

via GSM Arena

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