Asus Zenfone 3 Smartphone Review: Stunningly Designed Phone with Great Performance

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Price: ₹ 27999

Key Specs

    Display 5.50-inch (Resolution 1080x1920 pixels), Processor 2GHz, Rear Camera 16-megapixel and Front Camera 8-megapixel, RAM 4GB, OS Android 6.0, Storage 64GB, Battery capacity 3000mAh

Pros: Great design and build quality, Good screen, 4K video recording support and Fast fingerprint scanner, performance

Cons: Glass is prone to fingerprints

Bottomline: The glass makes Zenfone 3 a beautiful device, but at the same time the front works like a magnet to fingerprints. Overall, it is a great device with good camera and battery that can last for more than two days, making it a good companion without thinking of battery backup.

Asus keeps experimenting with its devices and the new Zenfone 3 is a great example of their efforts. It has gorilla glass protection at the front and back, however, earlier Creo an Indian smartphone company made Mark 1 smartphone having the gorilla glass at both ends. But, the new Asus Zenfone 3 has not only added glass to protect the body, as well as has utilised it in a way to offer premium look and feel. Its design can easily grab attention of any buyer and surprisingly, it’s available at a quite competitive price.

The stunning beauty

Asus ZenFone 3 is finished with a diamond-cut chamfer and has only 6.16mm slim metal frame. It has 2.5D curved edges at the front and rear, slim bezels across the screen with 77.3% screen-to-body ratio, making the 5.5-inch a device comfortable to hold even in one hand. The corning gorilla glass offers rich feel but unfortunately makes the device a bit slippery.

The vibrant screen with FHD resolution

Asus Zenfone 3 Smartphone Review

The screen produces vibrant colours and bright enough to be used even in direct sunlight. The display comes with 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution delivering awesome details while watching videos or playing games. It has great viewing angles letting you share the screen with your friends and family. We enjoyed movies using the VR as well and the experience was great, even gaming experience was tremendous, we were able to see every detail.

Asus Zenfone 3 Smartphone ReviewMade for photography

The phone has 16 MP camera at the back with next-generation PixelMaster 3.0 that enhances the photography experience. The camera comes with the latest Sony IMX298 sensor, six-element Largan lens with a large f/2.0 aperture, and subject-tracking TriTech auto-focus for variable distance and lighting clarity in just 0.03 seconds. The lens is protected by sapphire glass that offers great clarity. It is also capable of capturing 4K UHD video. The lens has four-axis optical image stabilisation, improving low light condition shots. Overall, the rear camera does great work and is perfect for photography enthusiasts.

The front 8 MP shooter comes with Asus Beauty Mode, letting users enhance the beauty of the selfies and groufies.

Handy but Heavy UI

The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and top of it Asus added new ASUS ZenUI 3.0. The interface is quite intuitive with various new features, we enjoyed using it, but after setting up the device we noticed that several Asus apps are being updated as well and it consumed a huge amount of internal space about 11 GB. For security, it has finger print sensor at the back which works well.

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Great performer

Backed with powerful hardware, the device is capable of handling various tasks easily. While using the device for more than three weeks, we played several games including Mortal Combat X, Asphalt 8, etc. and there was no lag in the performance. When we opened different apps, and switched between them, still there was no visible lag.

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Long lasting battery

The phone is packed with 3000 mAh battery, lasting more than a day with moderate usage. In our video loop test it was able to play videos of more than 11 hours in one full charge over wi-fi with full brightness and sound.

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