Overall Ratings: 8.3 / 10
- Excellent Battery
- Premium design
- Full HD display
- Expandable Storage
- Non Removable battery
- Average Camera
- No NFC
- Speakers are of poor quality
Asus produced and marketed its previous series of Smartphones with a plastic design. It finally decided to bring in a premium build quality with its third generation Smartphones “Asus ZenFone 3 Laser”. Some phones in its third generation lineup include Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 deluxe, Zenfone 3 Zoom and Zenfone 3 Laser. Our discussion will be around Zenfone 3 Laser. Budget friendly Android Smartphones have improved immensely and Asus has surprised us with this beautiful yet affordable device. But has Asus stocked enough in Zenfone 3 Laser to make it stand out from its competition? Lets look into it…
Zenfone 3 Laser has an all metal aluminium construction, the 5.5 inch full HD display is covered with a Gorilla Glass 2.5D protection. The only plastic on Laser is the top and bottom caps which blend in with the smooth and premium design of the Smartphone. The edges are elegantly curved and the phone feels perfectly smooth with no bumps at the front (Asus excluded the physical home button at the front, hence a bump free display). The rounded corners and curved edges also make the phone much more comfortable to hold.
At the front there’s the front camera and the proximity sensor at the top, at the bottom there are 3 capacitive non-luminous navigation keys. The power button and volume rocker lie at the right edge, the SIM tray is located on the right side. On the top edge is housed a 3.5 mm audio jack and at the bottom edge you will see the microUSB 2.0 port along with the speaker grill. Instead of a circular finger print sensor Zenfone 3 laser has a unique rectangular cut sensor at the back below the camera. But this tall rectangular sensor is not so accurate due to reduction of its surface area. At the back you can see the shiny metal antenna lines at the top and bottom. However unlike the front side of the Smartphone the rear camera has a prominent bump which I personally find really annoying, besides that on the right and left of the camera are the LED flash and Laser autofocus.
There’s a 5.5 inch LCD display with a pixels resolution of 1920 x 1080 full HD. Its wide viewing angels, beautiful color reproduction and vibrancy make the display pretty acceptable. But Its hard to view the screen and readability is almost impossible in direct sunlight due to the highly reflective display. Another disappointment is a black outlining to the display this reduces the style quality of the Smartphone and many users will find it hard to fall in love with. For the price being we can not expect a better display and this display may not be perfect but we cant say that its not functional.
Zenfone 3 Laser comes powered with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. The processor isn’t as exciting, ASUS could have opted for a more snappier processor like the Snapdragon 650 or 820. Multitasking does not show any lag, and its overall perfect for day to day usage for messaging and powering apps; but for gaming this is not the best choice. It falls short in the gaming department even though it is packed with a 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. Games like Candy Crush and temple run work spot on but if your a heavy gamer then we recommend you go for some other device.
Thankfully its a dual SIM smartphone, and if your only going to use one SIM you can power a microSD card in the other Slot. Keeping your headphones with you might be a good idea, because unfortunately the speakers on Laser are a huge downfall. The audio is distorted and low, compared to Flagship Mobile phones, the speakers could not get any worse.
Users who have gotten used to android payment will miss that feature in Zenfone 3 Laser, it does not support NFC. However there is Wi-Fi support, hotspot functionality and Bluetooth 4.2 and you can use it on both AT&T and T-Mobile’s LTE Network. The best feature of Zenfone 3 Laser is its amazing 3000 mAh battery which by far is the best and lasts for a full day.
Zenfone 3 Laser supports a 13 megapixels rear camera and an 8 megapixels front camera. The rear camera has a decent picture quality, and you can take pretty good shots in daylight. The color contrasts and saturation levels work well with each other. The dual LED flash focus allows you to autofocus within 0.03 seconds, and well detailed shots are taken. The problem with the rear camera occurs when trying to take shots in low light conditions, the colors become dull and all the details are lost. Thank’s to the built in owl mode which helps out in photography in low light and retains details and colors. Otherwise taking shots in dim light would be a waste of time. The front facing selfie camera is good enough for taking selfies in well lit conditions, basically the camera will not disappoint you as long as you provide adequate lighting.
In conclusion its up to the users whether they prefer this handset or not. If you’r looking for a decent handset for a decent price then this is it for you, for usual day to day usage its wonderful in aspects like its design, performance, camera and connectivity. If you want bells and whistles then you should consider putting in more money and getting some other phone.
Display size: 5.5 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
Battery Capacity: 3000 mAh
Processor: Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
RAM: 4 GB
Internal Storage: 32 GB
Expandable Storage: 128 GB
Rear camera: 13 megapixels
Front Camera: 8 megapixels
Operating system: Android 6.0
Connectivity: Wi-fi, Bluetooth, GPS, dual SIM
Colors: Glacier Silver, Sand gold