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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.

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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.

Do let us know what you feel about Asus Zenfone Zoom Review

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How to – Screen Record on Pixel 3 or Pixel 3XL [No Root]

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Pixel 3 is a very powerful phone with a lot of capabilities. It is much cheaper than Samsung and Apple counterparts and the performance it offers is on par. The camera of the pixel 3 is still unmatched and what Google is able to do with just a single camera is phenomenal. Even though the notch of 3XL is something not many will like but after some time it gets okay. Pixel 3 is packed with great specs, the 845 coupled with Adreno 630 gives the pixel 3 the best performance one can get on a mobile phone. Such performance opens a lot of possibilities such as recording your PUBG gameplay or just making some sort of tutorial on your phone. So today we will be showing you how to Screen Record on Pixel 3 or record PUBG on Pixel 3.

Solved – Screen Record on Pixel 3 or Pixel 3XL

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Method 1

  1. Go to this link
  2. Install the app
  3. It will ask for permission, grant it.
  4. Now you will get a floating circle on the left side of your screen of the Google Pixel 3XL. Just press the Red button which has a Video Camera Icon. Refer to the image below-
    Screen Record on Pixel 3
  5. Now once it has started, you can do all the stuff you want to show in your video and to stop it, You need to pull down the notification bar and press the stop icon on it.
  6. Now you will get a pullout with the video, to save it just simply touch the back button on your Pixel 3 and that’s it.
  7. You have now successfully recorded your screen or PUBG.

How to – View Screen Record on Pixel 3 XL

  1. Go to gallery
  2. There should be a folder by name A-Z if not it could be inside the Collections folder.
  3. Now from here, You can either view it or share it across different platforms like Whatsapp or Instagram.

How to – Edit the Screen Record on Pixel 3 XL

  1. Go to Playstore and download this app.
  2. Now just select your video and start editing it!

Google Pixel 3XL Specs

GENERAL

Release dateOctober 2018
Launched in USAYes
Form factorTouchscreen
Body typeGlass
Dimensions (mm)158.00 x 76.70 x 7.90
Weight (g)184.00
IP ratingIP68
Battery capacity (mAh)3430
Removable batteryNo
Fast chargingProprietary
Wireless chargingYes
ColoursJust Black, Clearly White, Not Pink
SAR value1.31

DISPLAY

Screen size (inches)6.30
TouchscreenYes
Resolution1440×2960 pixels
Protection typeGorilla Glass
Aspect ratio18.5:9

HARDWARE

Processor2.5GHz octa-core (4×2.5GHz + 4×1.6GHz)
Processor makeSnapdragon 845
RAM4GB
Internal storage64GB
Expandable storageNo
Dedicated microSD slotNo

CAMERA

Rear camera12.2-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron)
Rear autofocusPhase detection autofocus
Rear flashYes
Front camera8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 8-megapixel (f/1.8)
Front autofocusYes

SOFTWARE

Operating systemAndroid 9.0

So were you able to record screen on your Pixel 3 XL by Google? Let us know in the comment section below! 😀

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Fix Bluetooth getting disconnected on OnePlus 6 6t

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Yesterday I was checking comments on of our article on OnePlus 6t and ALmost every other comment was mentioning about the issue they were facing on their OnePlus 6t US version. So I researched a bit more about the same topic and what I found was that there does really exist some issues with the bluetooth on these new OnePlus phones. I was trying to find the solution for this bluetooth issue with OnePlus phones since then and I think finally I have the solution. So today we will see how you can fix the issue of Bluetooth getting disconnected on OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6t. There can be different methods but I will be showing you the most robust yet the most simplest one.

How to – Fix Bluetooth getting disconnected on OnePlus 6/ 6t

Method 1

OnePlus even though is growing at an exponential rate is still not even near to the software teams of Apple or Samsung. The Oxygen OS is one of the lightest ROM you can find on a phone and it works well most of the time, but sometimes it is not perfect as it should be. The OS itself has some bugs related to Bluetooth that can only be fixed by a system update that has to be done by OnePlus. The same is also discussed on its own forum here. So, does this means that we have to live like it is? well, not at all! There are a few workarounds which we will tell you here.

Most of the problems in Oxygen OS can be fixed with a simple restart and the same goes with this issue as well. A simple restart will most probably fix this issue. Yup, it does sound naive but go ahead and restart your phone. This will solve most of your problems on your phone.

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Now what I’ll suggest is to bookmark this page and if you still get the same issue in future then come back and read the method 2.

Fix Bluetooth getting disconnected on OnePlus 6

Method 2 – Bluetooth getting disconnected on OnePlus 6 /6t

So the restart didn’t help, well, no issues. Just empty your cache and the problem should no longer occur again for a while. So how to wipe your cache? There are two methods and I’ll suggest you to do both.

  1. Open Settings – Storage & memory and scroll down to find Cache data. Tap on it and press OK to clear the cached data.
  2. Now, wipe the cache partition from the recovery menu.
    • Turn off the OnePlus 6/6t, and then press and hold the Volume Up and Power button simultaneously.
    • Release the Power button when the OnePlus logo appears, but continue to hold the Volume Up
    • On the Android recovery screen, use the Volume Down button to navigate down to wipe cache partition and press the Power button to select it.
    • Use the Volume Down button to select Yes — delete all user data, and then press the Power button to confirm.
    • Wait for the reset to finish and press the Power button when prompted with the message to Reboot system now.

Now just use your phone and connect to bluetooth devices and it should not get disconnected at all.

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If you are still facing the issue of Bluetooth getting disconnected on OnePlus 6 then let us know and we will forward it to OnePlus!

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OnePlus introduces new Thunder Purple Colour for OnePlus 6T

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The new Thunder Purple edition will go on sale on Amazon.in, oneplus.in, Reliance Digital and Croma stores and all OnePlus exclusive offline channels starting 16 November, 2018

Bangalore, 12 November 2018: Taking design inspiration from ‘lightning strikes at dusk’, the limited edition OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple will be coming to India starting November 16, 2018.

The special edition of the much-lauded OnePlus 6T comes with a gradient back that fades from black to purple under the frosted glass-backed OnePlus 6T, with the evocative ‘S’ curve racing across the back and highlighting the depth of colour. OnePlus has paid meticulous attention to detail to craft the perfect look, with a focus on how light reacts to the glass’ haze, roughness, gloss, transparency and reflective qualities.

“The OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple is a stunning combination of power and beauty – the black-to-purple fade is like a thunderstorm on a summer night,”Pete Lau, Founder and CEO, OnePlus, said. “We experimented extensively to test how light interacts with the colours in order to give people what might just be our most beautiful design yet.”

The OnePlus 6T is the company’s most futuristic flagship till date with Screen Unlock on the immersive 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display, class-leading hardware and meticulous industrial design to create the industry’s fastest and smoothest smartphone experience. It features the latest, most powerful platform, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, with up to 8GB of RAM that creates an experience that continues to set the standard for performance.

The OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple edition will be available from 16 November on Amazon.in, oneplus.in at 2 pm, and in Croma outlets, Reliance Digital outlets and all OnePlus exclusive offline stores starting 11 am. It comes packed with 8GB RAM and 128 GB storage, with the same price tag as the OnePlus 6T Midnight Black and Mirror Black, at INR 41,999.

For images of the OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple, click here.

For the OnePlus 6T Thunder Purples official product video, click here.

On purchase of the OnePlus 6T, users will receive additional benefits starting 16 November including:
  • INR 1500 cashback on all HDFC Bank Credit and Debit Cards

  • Reliance Jio and OnePlus have come together to offer OnePlus 6T Unlock The Speed Offer that gives users an instant cashback of INR 5,400 in vouchers on the first prepaid recharge of Rs 299 on www.jio.com, Reliance Digital stores, MyJio Stores, Jio retailers and the MyJio app. The plan will entitle them to 3GB 4G data per day with unlimited voice calls, SMS and access to Jio’s premium applications. Effectively, the offer will bring a total of 3TB of 4G data to the users over 36 recharges

  • 3 months of no-cost EMI on Amazon.in and OnePlus exclusive offline stores

  • Free damage protection for 12 months from Kotak Servify

  • Discounts up to INR 500 on Amazon Kindle on Amazon.in

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