Asus was the first brand to bring laser auto-focus to budget mobiles with its Zenfone 2 laser. After a year of its launch, they are back with Asus Zenfone 3 laser. This time they are not competing in budget segment but rather directly challenging smartphones in the mid-range segment which is currently being ruled by brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus.
Today we will take a close look on the Zenfone 3 laser and will tell you if it’s worth your money or not.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 clocked at 1.4Ghz
- Adreno 505 GPU
- 2GB/4GB RAM
- 5″ Full HD display
- 32GB/64GB internal memory with external SD card support
- 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
- 3000mAh non-removable battery
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZenUI on top
Built and Design
The Zenfone 3 laser features a full metal body with 2.5D glass on the front. The phone sports 77 percent screen to body ratio which is one of the best in its class. The phone is very easy to grip on, and even though it has a 5.5″ display, you can easily use it single handily thanks to its curved edges and slim design.
Above the screen, you can find an 8MP front camera, earpiece, and a few sensors while you get three touch capacitive buttons below the screen. Sadly the buttons aren’t backlight which makes it difficult to find them in darker environments.
The handset features a hybrid sim slot which is found on the left, a 3.5mm jack on the top and a micro-USB port, microphone and speaker on the bottom.
Just like the Zenfone 3, the fingerprint scanner is situated on the back which I find much more convenient than front facing fingerprint scanners. On the back, you also get the camera module with flash and a secondary microphone for noise cancellation.
Overall the handset is slim and looks good. The phone feels sturdy in hand and has a good build quality. It is also very handy, so it will also suit those people who have small hands.
The Display of the Zenfone 3 laser is better than most of the 1080p screens you usually find in the market. Even though it is just a IPS display but the colors are sharp and accurate. With Zen UI you can further change the color temperature as well as add a Bluelight Filter to reduce the Blue color.
I have been using the Blue-light filter from the day one, and it has reduced strain on my eyes to an extent. The only con I feel with the display is sunlight visibility, It has a slightly reflective surface, and the brightness levels aren’t up to our expectations. Overall the display is great and will be a treat to your eyes.
Coming to most highlighted feature of this phone, the Camera. I didn’t really like the camera on some of the previous generation devices from Asus, and I think the company heard that. The camera on this phone is “magnificent.” The pictures it captures is very much comparable to the flagship phones from Samsung and Apple.
The camera interface is quick and easy to understand. Users can choose from multiple modes like Manual, HDR Pro, Beautification, Super Resolution, Low-light, QR Code, Night, Depth of field, etc.
The handset comes with laser auto-focus by which you can focus on objects in less than a second, and we did find it to be very fast. You just have to aim the phone at your object, and the camera will focus on it in no time.
The Zenfone 3 laser features Snapdragon 430 which is an octa-core processor clocked at 1.4Ghz coupled with Adreno 505. The phone is capable of doing everyday tasks very easily and without any hiccups. I played a few games on the phone, and I hardly saw any lag.
The device comes with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. The RAM management on the phone is decent. You can easily run multiple apps simultaneously on the phone. We didn’t face any lag while navigating through the interface or while opening or closing the apps.
This is not the most powerful smartphone available in the market but can definitely handle most of your daily apps and games with ease.
The phone comes with Zen UI 3.0 which is a highly customizable Custom UI from Asus. Zen UI. The third generation of ZenUI is light and uncluttered.
If you are someone who usually has a lot of apps on his phone, then you will really like this phone as it comes pre-installed with a few useful apps like the clean master, trip advisor as well as some of the Asus’s own apps like ZenCircle and Themes app. Overall Zen UI feels clean and sophisticated.
Battery life & Verdict
The handset can easily last one full day of use with light to medium use which I feel is decent enough for a 3,000mAh battery. If you are looking to buy a phone with great camera and a decent battery life then look no more, It has everything one looks for a daily use mobile. It looks great, has an impressive screen and a beautiful UI. I just wish Asus would have used a better processor, but even now it is one of the best camera phones you can buy under 20,000INR