Phone Off: Galaxy S8+ vs Zenfone 3 Zoom

After the dust has settled on the flagship race, we are all left with choices on the table as to which phone makes the cut and which makes it as our daily driver.

 

Now that we’re experiencing a calm, I bring you the Phone Off between the Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom.

Design

It’s nigh impossible to dismiss how the Galaxy S8+ is built. Two glass panels sandwiching a metal frame is hard to dismiss as a compelling argument by sheer aesthetics alone.

This is way over the metal meets plastic helm and bottom for the Zenfone 3 Zoom that emulate the tired parts of an iPhone meets Android marriage. The front glass panel has been curved 2.5D to call upon the sleeker look.

The Galaxy flagship finally let go of the non-interchangeable capacitive keys and fingerprint scanning home button in place of the on-screen navigation keys and places the security feature at the rear.

It’s the same look and feel for the Zoom in this aspect down to key placements all around.

Camera

Perhaps the main selling point of both phones are the shooters that are placed in each.

The Zenfone Zoom employs dual 12MP rear facing cameras with the other focused on, you guessed it, zooming in on your subject up to 2.3x optical goodness.

The stubborn Korean manufacturer did not want to join the fray of dual camera battles and stuck to its tried and tested formula that maintains much of what the S7 and the S7 Edge had to offer with some tweaks to improve overall performance.

Neither contenders had much of a difference in the daylight category as both are mighty capable in producing great quality output shots with the assistance of Mr. Sun.

Low-light shooting as well as night time shots were a piece of cake for both as details are still crisp on either phones provided you have steady hands.

This indoor shot serves a good benchmark of a properly lit area with no sun.

The Zoom focused a bit on the darker side of things while the Galaxy S8+ had a brighter overall image.

In case you were wondering about the Zoom’s capabilities, here you go.

The auto mode had good dynamic range considering it was taking a photo from the wide angled camera that can focus on details better.

The 2.3x optical zoom did not disappoint with quality and details.

The 12x digital zoom will start having noise creeping in from the blacks but will overall be a good shot provided you have steady hands and or have a tripod handy.

 

Performance

Powered by Samsung’s proprietary processor, the Exynos 8895 (173,000 Antutu score), the Galaxy S8+ has some edge in some capabilities built specifically for the phone compared to the mass produced Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 found inside the Zoom (63,000 Antutu score.)

Scores aside, the Zoom was no slouch in the proccessing department for the same tasks and apps you would use on a daily basis.

Verdict

The Zenfone 3 Zoom is a good alternative to flagship phones at almost three quarters of the price from which you get good performance, great camera, and an overall good experience.

The Galaxy S8+ is just as a  compelling argument if you have the money to shell out for a flagship tier device.

Who do you think won the camera-off? let us know at the comments section.

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Drew Uy

I do words, food, coffee, and photos. Hit me up on Twitter @ginuhit

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