Asus with the launch of Zenfone 3, enters into the luxury segment. They no more, want to be the part of lower end market because of too much competition. They launched Zenfone 3 with some really great and excellent unique design, but with some really high price. Recently, Asus has launched Zenfone 3 laser which is the upgrade to their previous model zenfone 2 laser, and this time they have worked a lot with design and other features.

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The Phone is available in both offline and online market with the price of Rs. 16,999.

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So, let’s check out how Zenfone 3 Laser performs while in daily use.

Key Specs

Operating system Android 6.0 with Zen UI 2.0
Display 5.5-inch 2.5D Curved Glass
1920 x 1080 pixels with Gorilla GLass 3
Processor Snapdragon 430
RAM 4GB
Internal Storage 32GB
MicroSD up to 128GB
Battery 3000mAh
Rear Camera 13MP with Laser AF
Dual Tone LED flash
Front Camera 8MP, f/2.0
Dimensions 149 x 76 x 7.9 mm
Weight 150 g

Design & Built

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When we previously reviewed Zenfone 3, it was made up of with premium glass and with some unique and luxury looking design. But this time zenfone 3 Laser design has been redesigned by removing the glass and adding brushed metal finish to it, which make the device look simpler. This time still they have worked a lot on the design and built. Even after using full metal body the device only weight’s you 150 gm. So starting with the front they have added a 2.5D curved glass on its 5.5″ FHD Display panel which adds extra protection and some looks to the phone.

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On the top portion of the phone, you will be getting a 3.5mm audio jack and beside it a secondary noise cancellation MIC.

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Turning around to the down portion, it houses single Speaker grill, beside it a normal Micro USB port and a primary mic. Micro USB port supports OTG feature and no quick charge.

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Coming to the left side of the phone you will get a supports of a Dual Sim tray which supports single sim + Micro SD card up to 128 gigs or Dual Sim which make it a hybrid SIM tray.

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Turning around to the right side of the phone you will get volume rockers and below that power lock key which give quite good tactile feel and also has a premium patterned feel on it which we see in Zenfone 3.

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At the front top side you get a 8MP, front facing camera and different sensors beside it.

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Coming little bit down you will get navigation back keys, which are printed and wont light up.

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At the back panel of the phone you will get a 13MP camera beside it Dual Tone Triple LED Flash and a Laser AF sensor which is the USP for this phone. The laser AF works pretty fine and camera samples are already included below in this post. Below that you will find a Fingerprint sensor which works perfectly, even 360 Degree recognition is working perfectly. No complains regarding it.

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At the back panel you will also get two antenna lines and Asus Branding.

Display

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Asus Zenfone 3 Laser comes with a 5.5-inch FHD with a resolution of 1920×1080 and pixel density of 403 ppi. The Front is covered with 2.5D curved glass as well as a Gorilla glass 3 which adds up double protection to the display. The colors are more towards natural side and as of my usage i haven’t found any color shift while watching the screen from odd angles. Watching movies and playing games won’t be disappointing you in any way.

Coming to the Sunlight legibility, before getting the update i was disappointed from outdoor visibility, but as of now after update they have fixed that issue and brightness level is increased. Now, i am facing no problem while using the phone in sunlight.

Rest you can always tweak around with different color modes, and adjust it as per your eyes.

Performance

The Zenfone 3 Laser comes with an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 with 4 Cortex A53 and 4 Cortex A53 cores that are clocked at 1.2Ghz and 1.5Ghz respectively which gives you decent performance and some great battery life to the phone. To support some high intensive games, the phones is powered by Adreno 505 GPU a 4GB of Ram which adds up decent and smooth multitasking.

While in daily use you are not going to find any lag in the phone, but as you push it a bit hard like chatting and at the same time watching movie and browsing it may lag or may not, it will depend on how you are using the device.

Rest, it can handle any game, i have played GTA, NOva and many other and no lag or frame drops were found. It heats up a little bit, but it is Okay with this thin metal body and long time game play.

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Geekbench 3196 Multi-Core

Camera

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As the USP of Zenfone 3 Laser is its camera and its focus, it performs quite average. The Focus works pretty fine after the update but still there is noise in every image which need to be tweaked by software. I think this is due to the some bug in their camera software which can be fixed in other updates. Rest while recording video you have electronic image stabilisation which works pretty fine but still Zenfone 3 is better in it.

The camera software is quite good if we don’t think about that noisy bug which we get in every picture we click from any Asus phone. The best part of the software is their manual mode  that offers a number of options like manual focus, shutter speed etc. There’s huge range of inbuilt options that includes Nightshot, Super Resolution, Beautification and many more. Using all these modes you can always play with them and get some perfect shots.

Camera Samples

Software

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Same as always, Asus zenfone 3 laser comes up with same Zen Ui 2.0 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The UI is full of Bloatware and so many apps preinstalled on it, but the good thing is that we can always uninstall them.

Both the homescreen and launcher are customisable and include lot of options for icon packs, themes. Rest the UI is pretty smooth but they need to work a lot on their UI or just simply opt Stock android with customisation.

The best part of Asus UI is there software optimisation and tweak which gives you best battery in any smartphone. Even with low power battery any asus device will easily last you a day or more. Overall, the software on the Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is well optimized and will give you lag-free experience.

Battery

Zenfone 3 Laser comes up with 3,000 mAh battery with some great battery optimisation in their software. Still their is no support for fast charging support. The phone can easily lasts you more than a day or even more. This is with a regular use, which includes managing email, social networks, WhatsApp and youtube videos and some small gaming.

In heavy gaming and immense usage, the battery will still last you a day very easily.

Verdict

Overall, the device performs pretty fine. If we compare in online market or with the offline market, there are few other brands which is going to give competition to zenfone 3 laser. But, the built, battery and camera focus is much battery from other.

The price at which zenfone 3 Laser is available is Rs. 16,999 is quite good because the release price was Rs. 19,999. As of now Vivo V5 and oppo F1s is the only offline competition of the phone.

Pros

  • Battery Backup
  • Software Optimisation
  • Slim And premium feel with light weight
  • Fast fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • No USB Type-C and no Fast Charging
  • Bloatware (Removable)

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