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Asus Zenfone Zoom Review – The Best Camera Smartphone?

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A few days back Asus launched the Asus Zenfone Zoom, A phone with a beastly performance, Awesome Camera and a lot more which we will find out in the Zenfone Zoom review.

Asus Zenfone Zoom Review

Box Contents

On the launch itself, Asus’s CEO Jerry Shen mentioned that the box of the Zenfone Zoom will itself give a premium feeling and the box actually feels very premium. Unlike the other Zenfones, Zenfone zoom case opens vertically and has a flap.

Asus Zenfone Zoom box

Asus Zenfone Zoom box

The first thing we see is the phone itself along with a small string to attach along. Taking the phone out we see the USB cable as well as some booklets. Under the string, we find a pair of in-ear style headphones, the fast charger as well as some extra ear tips for the headphones.

Asus Zenfone Zoom box contents

Asus Zenfone Zoom box contents

Display

The Asus Zenfone zoom features a 5.5″ full HD display giving it a PPI density of ~403. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which provides optimal protection. In the course of use, I kept the device in my pocket which also had my keys as well as some coins but the phone got no scratches what so ever. If you want to see a specific scratch test video, do let me know in the comment section below. The display panel is sharp and the colour saturation is also on the point. Out of the box the display is a bit cool but we can easily make it nuetral with just the “Screen Colour Mode” settings in Zen UI. We can turn the display a bit warmer, a bit cooler, select preset modes or even customise it with any colour tint user wants.

Asus Zenfone Zoom Zen UI features

Asus Zenfone Zoom Zen UI features

The user can also enable Bluelight filter which removes the bright blue colour which is the main reason for eye stress. On my other devices I used to download an App called Bluelight filter but in this, It is inbuilt to the system which is very much appreciated.

 

Design and Built

The Zenfone Zoom comes with a premium look and feel. It has metals on the sides with chamfered edges and leather on the back. It is not the pure leather which we saw in the Moto X second gen but rather a hard leather engraved over a plastic shell.

On the front, as usual, there is an earpiece, the front camera, the full HD display, the three non-backlight keys and a chin with the shiny metallic look. The front of the phone is similar to every other zenfone out there.

Zenfone max vs zenfone zoom

Asus Zenfone Zoom Design

On the back, You have a circular budging ring for the camera even though the camera actually does not touches the surface. Under the camera is the Asus logo and just below it is an elevated bar which supports the camera hump. Because of the bar, phone can lie straight on the table and won’t shake if you use phone there. There is also a small grill for the speakers.

Asus Zenfone Zoom Camera

Asus Zenfone Zoom Camera

On the top there is a microphone and a 3.5mm jack while, on the bottom, you get another mic, micro USB port and a two-way hole to add the string. On the right side of the phone, there are several buttons, Volume rockers, Power button, a tiny button to start recording and a two-level shutter button.

Asus Zenfone Zoom Built

Asus Zenfone Zoom Built

Coming to the build quality, The phone feels really robust and strong. The phone is also on the heavier side weighing around 195gms. Though I do not have guts to do a drop test but I am pretty sure it would handle some easily.

Performance

From day 1 this phone is performing flawlessly and that is what you would expect after spending 40K on a phone. The phone comes with Intel Atom Z3590 processor clocked at 1.33GHz and PowerVR G6430 GPU coupled with “4GB” of RAM. I played many games like Real Racing 3, Asphalt 8, Need for speed most wanted and it gave no problem at all. The Asus Zenfone Zoom runs on a highly customizable Zen UI which I think, does not use the hardware to its fullest. The experience wasn’t the best, Sometimes the wallpaper goes and comes back after 2-3 seconds when coming to the home screen from an app. If you do a little multitasking like opening around 4-5 apps in the background the Zen UI starts to become a little laggy and such other problem. What I did find something exceptionally good was the RAM management, even though the Zen UI starts to lag a bit but the Apps work smooth and I was able to multi-task between 13 apps before any app started to restart.

After this, I tested some other apps and I came to a conclusion that the GPU, as well as the RAM, are doing good but the processor is becoming a letdown. TO prove this fact, I ran some benchmarks.

I first ran Antutu Benchmark which is more of a GPU intensive benchmark and I got a pretty good score.

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Asus Zenfone Zoom Benchmark Antutu

 

Now I ran GeekBench 3 and the scores were very similar to 2-year-old Samsung Galaxy S5.

Zenfone-zoom-geekbench (Custom)

Asus Zenfone Zoom Benchmark GeekBench 3

As you can see the scores aren’t that great but still the Zenfone Zoom performs great overall and that is what is most important.

Camera

The camera is the most important aspect of this phone as 90% of the buyers will buy this guy just for its camera. In a Digital camera, With optical zoom the camera comes outside but in Zenfone zoom, the lenses lie inside the phone vertically.

Asus Zenfone Zoom Optical Sensors

Asus Zenfone Zoom Optical Sensors

Even with the camera fully zoomed-in (Optical) the pictures comes out to be clear and sharp. It has a 13MP front sensor while a 5MP front sensor. I would first like to show you the samples then do the talking.

Zenfone Zoom unprocessed images

 

So as you can see the phone captures flawlessly in good lighting. I image saturation, as well as contrast, is good and there isn’t anything to complain. I took a few low light pictures but have to take some more to comment on it. I will be adding the images in coming days.

Battery Life

The Zenfone Zoom has more than average battery life. I was getting around 4 and half hours of screen on time which for a phone with full HD display is really good. The added bonus is the turbocharging which charges the phone from 0-60% in just 40 minutes. The full charge took approximately around 1 hour 20 mins. You can judge the battery from the screenshots below.

zenfone-zoom-screenshot (Custom)

Asus Zenfone Zoom Battery Life

Zen UI

The Asus Zenfone Zoom runs on Zen UI which is a custom skin over the Android lollipop. Zen UI gives the user a number of customizability options like changing the font, changing animations, One handed Mode, Custom lock screen wallpaper, smart group, gestures, zen motion etc.

Asus Zenfone Zoom Zen UI Screenshots

Asus Zenfone Zoom Zen UI Screenshots

Asus Zenfone Zoom Zen UI Screenshots

Asus Zenfone Zoom Zen UI Screenshots

Storage and Sim

The Zenfone Zoom has 128GB of internal memory which I am pretty sure will never be full, I doubt If I will be able to consume even one forth of it. I would have liked if Asus would have released a model with maybe 16 or 32GB of internal storage cutting a few thousands bucks. The phone also has an option for SD card by which you can add another 64GB on your phone.

Zenfone Zoom Review Back

Zenfone Zoom Review Back

Unlike other Zenfones, The Zenfone Zoom is Single sim which in countries like India is much required. The phone is 4G compatible which means that the phone is not going to be obsolete in coming year. There have been some rumors that the company will be launching a model with less internal storage as well as dual sim compatibility.

Call quality and Antenna Reception

My room is a little deep in our home and has rooms on all the sides. This makes the signal reception really low. I was using Moto G 3rd Gen before and I was never able to talk properly from the room. Even with the Zenfone laser, I faced the same issue but with the Zenfone Zoom, I got full bars at my room and the call quality was exceptionally good. Even the other guy on the phone was hearing me crystal clear. This is may be because of the uni-body antenna which Asus mentioned in the launch. The earpiece of the phone also produces clear audio. Also the Zenfone zoom has all latest connectivity options like Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and NFC.

Overall The Zenfone Zoom is a feature packed phone, The camera captures beatifull images and I see the Optical zoom as a new inovation in out tech industry. Inspite the great camera, the phone performs well too. The build as well as the display of the phone also does wonders. This phone is absolutly a best buy under 40K though it faces stiff competition from the Nexus 6p and Samsung Galaxy s6.

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Fix – OnePlus 7T not charging

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The OnePlus 7t is one of the best phones available in the sub 600$ range. It provides great build quality, awesome display, and best specs at a decent enough price. With this, it improves upon the OnePlus 7 with a 90Hz refresh rate screen, some camera improvements, and faster charging. There are tons of other minor improvements, and it all makes up for a more refined and reliable overall smartphone. The 7T is an excellent low-cost flagship. However, some users suggested that they were facing charging issues on their OnePlus 7T. So we are going to have a look at how to fix OnePlus 7T not charging.

Solution – Fix OnePlus 7T not charging

Method 1 – Restarting your 7T

One of the best solutions for your device not charging is to just restart it. Even with OnePlus sometimes the software can become buggy, it can hang and just not accept any charge. The first solution is to restart your 7T by pressing and holding the power button for 5 seconds and press on shut down. Once it restarts, chances are, your phone will charge as usual.

Method – 2 – Installing any Pending Updates on OnePlus 7t

As said above, charging issues often occur because of the software. If your phone is still turned on, check if your phone has any pending updates. If yes, then update it. These are the basic options that one must go through if their phone is not charging.

Method 3 – Changing the Cable | OnePlus 7T not charging

OnePlus 7T not charging

OnePlus is another apple in a lot of terms and After Apple, OnePlus is known for week charging cables. The USB C cable can often fry at the ends and can cause the cable to dis-function. A bad cable can also short circuit the phone’s USB C port so it is best to use the cable in its best condition and replace whenever necessary. If your OnePlus 7T not charging, try charging it with another cable or another adapter. To be honest, the quality of the OnePlus cables is not that great. Mine got frayed within two years of us so there is a high possibility that your adapter or the cable is the root cause of your phone not charging. Here is the link to a good USB – C cable which is compatible with your phone.

Also Read: Asus ROG Phone Review

Method 4 – Turning on USB Debugging on the OnePlus 7T

If the restarting of the phone has not worked and It is not the cable then you should try the third method. This works only if your phone is turned on. Go to about phone in settings. Tab build number seven times until you see the dialog saying you are now a developer. After that go back to settings and now you will see developer options. Go to developer options and check the option saying USB Debugging. This will force the phone to accept everything from the USB port. This even though is used by app developers but can fix your issue.

Method 5 – Clean the USB – C port

Phones are often kept in our pockets and a lot of times pockets have lint in them. The lint can then build up in the speakers, mic jack or the USB port. Before going to a service center or doing an experiment yourself, just take a toothpick or a paper clip and try to get all your lint out. This will take some patience but there is a high chance it might work. This is because when lint is present inside the port, the cable is not able to get inside completely and proper contact between the pins is not made. So it is suggested to clean the port thoroughly.

Method 4 – Replacing USB C Port | OnePlus 7T not charging

OnePlus 7T not charging

If your phone is still not charging then its the port on your phone that has gone bad. If you are not comfortable opening your phone then it is best to visit the service center. You can find the nearest service center from here. If you don’t mind tinkering with your phone then here is the link for the USB port of OnePlus 7T. Buy it and replace it on your 7T. You can consult this guide for disassembly of your phone.

 

Were you able to fix your phone? Let us know in the comment section below 😀

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How to – Screen Record on OnePlus 8

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The OnePlus 8 is no more an affordable flagship in 2020. It is though cheaper than the main flagships, it still costs a lot. While its design refinements borrow elements from other flagships, it’s an undeniably sleek phone, with waterfall display edges and a punch-hole for the front-facing camera. It comes with a Snapdragon 865 and up to 12GB of RAM, the phone is high-performance despite costing notably less than most flagships, making it the cheapest 5G phone in many markets. Today we will show you the best way by which you can Screen record OnePlus 8. There are a couple of methods to Record Screen on OnePlus 8. One Uses OnePlus’s own screen recorder other uses an app. With Screen recording you can record gameplay eg recording PUBG, CNN, you can also record other videos you find on social media as well as you will be able to record stories of other people on WhatsApp/Facebook or Instagram. Having a way to Screen Record on your phone gives you a lot of opportunities to use it. Here are the methods by which you can Screen Record on OnePlus 8-

How to – Screen Record on OnePlus 8

Method 1 – Using Oxygen OS’s screen recorder

Notice: You will need an Updated OnePlus 8 to do this as Old version’s of Oxygen OS does not support this. If you have older Oxygen OS, try the method 2

Steps

  1. Open you quick settings from the notification bar
  2. You will find a pencil icon with which you can edit it
  3. Find the Screen Recorder option
  4. drag it to your Active Quick Settings box
  5. Press Back to Save the settings
  6. Not Press the Screen Recording Icon and you should be able to record your Screen on OnePlus 8.

Hopefully, Screen Record on OnePlus 8 should now be possible, if not follow the method 2 below-

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Method 2 – Using 3rd Part App

  1. Click here to download the recommended app for your OnePlus 8. This is a screen recording app which is supported by your phone.
  2. Now after installing the app, you will get a screen like this.
  3. Click on the Small Circle which has appeared on your Left side of the screen. Now what you’ll get is this.
  4. Click on the Center circle with the camera icon.
  5. Now click on Start on your phone.
  6. The video should start recording.
  7. To stop the recording, Go to your navigation bar and click on Stop.

Also Read: Best Bluetooth Speaker in budget

View the video you just recorded – Screen Record on op 8

Go to the gallery.

  1. In Albums, Go to the folder named Collection.
  2. Now you can share your video from here itself.

How to edit your Video you just recorded – Screen Record on OnePlus 8

  1. Go to Playstore and download Quik by GoPro.
  2. Now just select your video and start editing it!
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Fix Charging issues on Galaxy A50

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Galaxy A50 is one of the best mid-rangers out there. With a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It comes with Android 9.0 out of the box though it can be upgraded to Android 10. Samsung always fits the phone with the best hardware available on smartphones. When we reviewed the A50, we termed it as the Best Samsung midranger you can get. Recently, our A50 was starting to get some troubles charging and today it completely stopped charging. When searched online we found that many other users were also facing the same issue. We were able to get a solution and today we will be sharing how to fix the Charging issues on Galaxy A50.

There is no simple solution that works for all. You would have to go through all the solutions to see which one works for you.

Method 1 – Restart the phone – Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Well, this might sound simple but the One UI of Samsung could have a couple of bugs. I have gone through many situations where things like camera stopped working and with just a restart it starts working again. So one of the best options you have is to just go ahead and do a restart. When you restart your A50, it will first stop all the running operations including the ones stopping you from charging. When the phone is again turned on, all the tasks start from the startup position which hence clears the error that might be coming.

Note: If your phone is not responding, you have to do a hard reset. This can be done by holding the Power Button for 7 seconds or until your phone switches off. This, however, will delete any of unsaved data that you might be working on at that time.

Method 2 – Update the phone – Charging issues on Galaxy A50

As said above, charging issues often occur because of the software. If your phone is still turned on, check if your phone has any pending update. If yes, then update it. This is the basic options that one must go through if their phone is not charging.

Method 3 – Charge while switched off

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

If your phone is not getting charged while it is on, try to charge it while it is switched off. This actually worked for a lot of people and could work for you as well. Sometimes the wall charger is not able to provide sufficient voltage to charge. As the phone requires energy to run, If the voltage is not enough, It will just not accept the charge. The best way to check this is by charging while the phone is switched off. If it is able to charge, then maybe try using a different wall outlet. You can also wait for some time as it is possible that the grid is doing some technical work because of which the voltage is low. By this time, you should have a reason as to why your phone was not charging. If not then continue reading below 🙂

Method 4 – Change the Adapter/ Cable

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Galaxy A50 Picture

This may sound obvious but the culprit could be your adapter or the cable. To be honest, the quality of the Samsung cables is not that great. Mine got frayed within two years of us so there is a high possibility that your adapter or the cable is the root cause of your phone not charging. Here is the link to a good USB – C cable which is compatible with your phone.

Method 5 – The USB – C Port

With time often the USB – C port gets a lot of lint stored up in it. As the phone is always kept in our pocket, it pickups up little garbage from our pockets. To clean this, you can try blowing air onto your USB C port. If you are certain that the port is clean but it is still not working, it might just be that the port is damaged. For this, you can either go to Samsung service centre. You can locate a nearby store from here or if you are someone who likes to tinker with stuff, maybe try to replace it by yourself. You can get a full daughterboard for less than 5$ from Aliexpress.

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