Asus Zenfone 3 Review: The mid-range phone to beat this year

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Asus Zenfone 3 launched on 17th August 2016 officially in India. Asus Zenfone 3 which falls under the mid range price segment, offers elegant design, excellent camera quality, fast and power efficient processor and a long-lasting battery. Thin 6.16mm edge, multi-dimensional design that’s finished with a diamond-cut chamfere.

Zenfone 3 has the ability to match everyone’s personality and provides outstanding functionality to meet the needs of each user. The earlier models of Zenfone series were less appreciated due to their bulky design, but his phone seems to have a lot of improvement in terms of everything.

DESIGN

Asus ZenFone 3 has a 5.5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution and intense 600nits brightness for viewing under brightest light and also with an ultra-slim 2.1mm bezel. 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla glass which ensures its protection from unwanted scratches and splashes. The spun metal pattern beneath the glass and curved edges of the back panel provides solid grip with a single hand. The dimensions of the phone are 152.59 x 77.38 x 7.69 mm and it weighs around 155 grams so it is thinner than the Zenfone 2 and almost 15 grams lighter as well.

On the left side it has the hybrid SIM tray which includes one Nano SIM and one Micro SIM slot. At the top it has 3.5 mm jack and a microphone. At the bottom you will find another microphone, USB Type-C connector and the loudspeaker.

On the rear side near the top it has a raised front camera which is covered by a sapphire crystal lens to protect it from any accidental damage. The rear camera is accompanied by a dual LED flash on the right and a laser sensor on the left. Below the camera you will see the fast and accurate fingerprint reader. Fine-drawn on the top and bottom of the metal frame on the front side are hard to observe.

CAMERA

Asus Zenfone 3 has a 16 Megapixel Camera with a large f/2.0 aperture, and with Laser Auto-focus that helps photography enthusiasts focus on an object in as fast as 0.03 seconds. The laser auto-focus helps you to take pictures faster and lock focus less than a seconds, nevertheless the image quality is average at best. I found the images to be good, especially in bright natural light. At low light shots are average, with a increase in darker environment, noise increases. Asus ZenFone 3 front camera has a 8 MP, f/2.0, 1080p

PERFORMANCE

The new Asus Zenfone 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and provides the users an option to opt for a 4GB RAM. It has 32GB internal memory with expandable up to 64GB. Backed by Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) comes with its on Zen UI for more Asus traditional look and feel. ZenFone 3 supports 4G LTE, 3G and GSM network frequencies along with dual-SIM slot and the latest 802.11ac technology for Wi-Fi connections that scream at up to 433Mbps. ZenFone 3 comes with 3000mAh battery and it lasts around 15-16 hours which is good. It also comes equipped with a fingerprint scanner which boasts of smarter fingerprint technology. The metallic fingerprint reader allows for rapid 360-degree fingerprint authentication from various angles and scanning accuracy just in 0.2 seconds.

VERDICT

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After all that’s said and done, ASUS’ upcoming Zenfone 3 is one of the best phones they’ve ever produced. It’s easy to make a great looking, great performing phone, but to make one with a price tag that’s under 20K – that’s the real challenge. While ASUS hasn’t released pricing for the Zenfone 3 yet, IF they follow international pricing then there’s a lot of value to be had for the phone (it’s expected to retail at right around 16K-17K for the larger 5.5-inch variant) despite its higher street price compared to last year’s model.

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