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New ASUS ZenFone to pack optical zoom camera

ASUS is preparing to launch a new ZenPhone at CES, which integrates an optical zoom camera, judging by a teaser video posted online.

The brief clip, posted to YouTube on Friday, asks viewers to ‘guess the hidden message’ laid out in Morse code.

As 9to5Google has deciphered, the code translates into ‘optical zoom,’ with the firm promising it’ll be one of its CES highlights in the caption beneath.

So, it seems clear ASUS’ next ZenFone will feature an advanced zoom camera module and will be unveiled at CES next week.

The deployment of an optical zoom lens, rather than the digital zooming capabilities more commonly found in smartphones, will enable users to get closer to their subjects without distorting the resolution and clarity of the picture.

Handsets with optical zooms are few and far between because the lenses tend to require more space and can bulk up the size of the device.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 6x optical zoom, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom hybrid device boasts an 10x optical zoom lens.

Read more: ASUS ZenFone 6 review

It’ll be interesting to see what ASUS produces at CES next week. TrustedReviews will be at the event in force, so we’ll be sure to swing by the ASUS stand and take a look.

In the meantime, check out the teaser video below.

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