ASUS Zenfone 3: In depth Review
After so many average looking generations of Zenfone, ASUS came out with a their brand new successor of the Zenfone and truth be told we were not one bit disappointed in the design section.
But with great looks there come great price, ASUS launched the device in 2 variants: 3 GB + 32 GB variant for 21,999 and 4 GB + 64 GB variant for 27,999.
The device is designed really well with a 2.5D glass on the front and the back, unibody design and a glass back, volume rocker and lock button on the right of the device and no physical buttons anywhere the SIM tray has its home on the left flank of the device. Back of the device houses the big lens of the 16 MP camera with sapphire lens able to record 4K videos which is helped by a laser focus and a fast fingerprint sensor.
The mind of the device is a 64 – bit octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor running at 2.0 GHz with a 4 GB/3 GB RAM and desktop – grade Adreno 506 for all the gamers out there.
ASUS were kind enough to provide us with this device and since the launch, I was more excited for this rather than seeing Sonakshi Sinha at the launch.
Since the second I took it in my hand I was impressed, the device has a presence it is not heavy that you will get tired nor is it so light that you think you have a paper for a phone.
Zen U.I (running on Android M) is a bit not of my liking and the pre – installed apps are there to be annoying. But nothing bad only criticism here is that the generation change in the looks of the device is major but nothing too noticeable is done to the U.I. The device has a USB Type – C to charge the device but also has our hero 3.5 mm Jack.
I played a lot of games on the device and there was a bit of lag which came after long hours of gaming, but surprisingly the device didn’t heat up and was usable at all times.
The gaming was fluid and there were no issues coming my way during the time I was playing on the device.
ZenFone 3 has a really good on the back which performs well in most lighting situations, and clicks photos without distorting or loosing colors, the pictures looks bright and full of colors and the laser auto focus makes the pictures even better.
The front camera of the device is also very good, the frame is big the colors are good and it beautifies the picture if you want to, which is also a great little feature.
The device has a non – removable 3000 mAh battery which lasts about a day and a bit more on average use which is quite good for the device, and the charging happens with a USB Type – C which charges the device pretty quickly.
- Premium Looking – Design of the device feels very premium
- Stunning Display
- Amazing Camera – On-par or even better than the Nexus 6P
- Very Responsive – No lags even while handling heavy multi-tasking
- No heating issues even after high hours of gaming
- Keeping aside the fact that the back glass looks and feels phenomenal the device is very slippery in the hand as the 5.5″ screen is big and glass doesn’t help with the grip.
- The buttons on the device are quite hard to press and resemble each other so you are not able to differ when trying to operate inside a pocket.
- The ZenFone does not have on screen buttons and the off screen button sometimes stop responding or takes a bit to realize that I was stumping it.
- The sound on the device is good but when playing on full volume on speakers the device vibrates a bit too much for my liking.