Dual SIM Metal Body Asus Zenfone 3 is an all-rounder device
Asus is an active brand when it comes to selling smartphones. It launches dozens of devices every year but still faces difficulty in selling them. Even after years since Asus launched its first smartphone, it is yet to enter the group of elite manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, and Sony.
This year, the Taiwanese company, Asus, has tried to change its policy. Up until now, it focused on making a device attractive in looks but less useful in real life conditions. It looks like all of that is going to change now. Just a few weeks back, the brand launched a new range of smartphones and the device to get the most attention was the Zenfone 3. This phone can prove to be a game-changer for Asus specially in the Indian market. As of now, it has been listed on some eCommerce websites with a price tag of 21,999 rupees (there is also a higher end variant with a price tag of 27,999 rupees).
A Redesigned Body
Asus has tried to do with the Zenfone 3 what Samsung did with its Galaxy S6: a complete body redesign.
The Zenfone 3 sports an all-metal body covered with 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and on the back. It gives a great feel in the hand and also provides a firm grip. The outer shell looks premium. Asus has upped its game and tried to offer the best build quality possible in this price segment.
Power and volume keys give good feedback upon pressing and are also easily accessible. The phone is a bit heavy because of the glass and metal but that is a good tradeoff considering the design.
Amazing Display Panel
On the front of the Zenfone 3 sits a 5.5-inch super IPS display panel that generates 16 million colors. It has amazing viewing angles and displays every pixel perfectly. The screen quality is on par with some of the costliest smartphones out there. Its full HD panel allows the users to enjoy movies, games, and web browsing at the fullest. The high pixel density of 401 PPI makes the graphics crisp and full of details.
The Asus phone runs on the latest Android Lollipop out of the box. Heavy customization and loaded bloatware degrade the experience. I would like to point though Zenfone 3 does give the option to uninstall or disable some apps.
Under the hood, the Zenfone 3 sports Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 chipset featuring an octa-core A53 processor clocked at 2.0 GHz. There are two variants of the phone available in the market i.e. 3GB RAM/32GB storage for 21,999 rupees and 4GB RAM/64GB storage for 27,999 rupees. Both variants offer great performance and do not get hot no matter how many apps are running in the background.
At first, I was a bit skeptical about the Adreno 506 GPU since it has received bad reviews from the experts. Much to my surprise though this small graphics processor performs really great on the Zenfone 3. In my test, the phone was able to handle even the most intensive games available on the play store.
At the bottom of the phone is a 5-magnet loudspeaker capable of generating superior and high volume sound. It also uses AMP technology to enhance individual audio frequencies.
Captures High Quality Shots
When it comes to photography, the Zenfone 3 performs exceptionally well. I have never seen a mid-range smartphone that can take images as good as this one. Its 16 MP rear camera comes equipped with laser and face-detection autofocus system for capturing super-sharp shots. Image quality turns out to be amazing. It has a shallow depth of field and will allow you to shoot any subject with blurred background. The Asus phone can even record 4K videos at 30 frames per second by its rear camera. Its 4-axis optical stabilization makes everything smooth. The manual settings are available not only for photos but for videos as well.
The front camera is capable of shooting in 8MP and is perfect for selfies. It also comes with some interesting enhancement modes. UI of the camera app is quite intuitive but has some bugs, which Asus can fix by releasing an OTA update.
300 MBPS LTE
While most of the 4G phones out there offer only 150 MPBS connection, the Zenfone 3 sports Cat-7 LTE and is capable of pushing the speeds up to 300 MBPS.
Asus has also featured a USB Type-C port on this phone making it compatible with many upcoming technologies. Hybrid SIM slot is a disappointment but that is manageable as the onboard storage of the phone is enough.
Just below the rear camera, is a fingerprint reader module. It can read prints at all degrees and is fast.
The Zenfone 3 sports a non-removable 3000 mAh battery. It will give full day usage on moderate usage without any problem. The chipset of this smartphone also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which gives 2 hours of usage after just 5 minutes of charging.
- Durable body
- Mind blowing design
- Quick charge support
- Great cameras
- Good battery life
- High speed LTE support
- Can run heavy games
- Multiple color variants
- Hybrid SIM slot
- Capacitive keys do not light up
The Zenfone 3 is a great device. Although its price tag is a bit on the higher side but the features it offers are also of premium flagship category. Metallic body (with glass panels), a performing CPU, more than enough RAM, fast charging and superior camera are among the few things this phone comes packed with.
|Features||Android, Fingerprint Sensor, Massive Memory Expansion, Lightweight, Dual SIM, Indian 4G LTE Support, Slim profile|
|Body||Metal, 7mm Thickness, 144 Grams Weight|
|Display||5.2 inch, Full HD, 424 PPI, IPS LCD, 68.55% Screen-to-body Ratio|
|Performance||Snapdragon 625, Octa Core, 2GHz, 64Bit, Adreno 506 GBPU|
|Memory||3GB RAM, 32GB Memory, Up to 2TB SD Card support|
|Main Camera||16MP, Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor, 2.0F Aperture, Optical Image Stabilisation, Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Digital image stabilization|
|Front Camera||8MP, Aperture 2.0F|
|Battery||2650 mAh Battery|
|Connectivity||Dual SIM, 1G, 2G, 3G, Dual SIM 4G, USB-Type C, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi|
|Multimedia||FM Radio, Audio & Video Player|
|Sensor||Gyroscope, Light, Proximity, rgbw sensor, Accelerometer, Compass|