Asus announced the ZenFone 3 series during Computex 2016. The company launched three devices, and the Zenfone 3 Laser was announced after Computex. We have already reviewed Asus ZenFone 3 Max and Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra, and in this review, I will be talking about the Asus ZenFone 3 Laser.
As expected from the announcements, ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Max and Zenfone 3 Ultra, all cater to a particular subset of the audience and work well for what they offer. You can check out the detailed breakup of the three smartphones in the reviews done for the devices.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is pegged to be the camera-centric smartphone with Laser autofocus mechanism and the stresses on delivering good image quality.
Build and Design: 6.5 / 10
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser comes with an inspiring design, and the philosophy follows the general guidelines set by the ZenFone 3 series, going with an all metal body. You get the physical navigation buttons on the bottom which can’t be reassigned and are not backlit.
There is no textured back or fancy design element to make it stand out in the sea of smartphones in the same or even lower price bracket. According to the website, the smartphone weighs 150g with dimensions of 149 x 76 x 7.9 mm. The overall feel of the device is sturdy with no squeaky or loose parts, thereby giving it a durable feel.
You will find the volume rocker and the power button on the top right side of the smartphone with the SIM tray located on the top of the left side of the smartphone. One thing to note is that the Sand Gold variant gives the smartphone a dull look which is not the case in the Asus ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Max, ZenFone 3 Ultra or even the ZenFone 3 Deluxe.
The fingerprint sensor comes on the back of the smartphone, and it does not come in the circular form factor as most smartphones have these days. Instead, the fingerprint sensor comes in a narrow rectangle with rounded corners. This form factor of the fingerprint sensor makes it difficult for the users despite the increase in the surface area, as the increased yet restricted surface area reduces the accurate detection of the fingerprint.
You will find the speaker grill along with the microUSB 2.0 port on the bottom edge of the smartphone with the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top.
Features: 7 / 10
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser packs an Octa-core Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4GHz with Adreno 505 GPU. I got the 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage variant for review. But the phone also comes in 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage option. If you are running out of storage space, then you can add a microSD card up to 256GB in the second SIM slot. Laser has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD with an effective resolution of 1080×1920 at 401ppi pixel density covered with Gorilla Glass 3 for additional protection.
Asus has added a 13MP camera module along with laser autofocus with f/2.0 aperture dual-tone LED flash on the back. This camera module is capable of shooting video at 1080p resolution at 30fps. Also, the phone sports an 8MP camera module with f/2.0 aperture on the front.
ZenFone 3 Laser is equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS and BDS, microUSB v2.0 port with fast-charging support (sort of depending on the max current supplied by the adapter) and USB On-The-Go support. The smartphone also provides 3.5mm headphone jack on the top side of the smartphone, IR port and FM radio support along with hybrid dual SIM slots (one nano SIM + one micro SIM or one nano SIM + one microSD).
The company has added fingerprint sensor on the rear side of the smartphone right below the camera module along with an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and compass sensors. You get a 3000mAh Lithium-Ion non-removable battery in the device which performs decently.
Publish date: December 16, 2016 12:33 pm| Modified date: December 20, 2016 9:24 am
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