Asus came up with its Zenfone series back in 2014. Now in 2016, they released a new range of phones under the Zenfone series named Zenfone 3. Earlier the company tried to capture the mid-range market but sadly they weren’t able to do so. This time, the company has a different approach and wants to compete with top players like Samsung and Apple in the high end segment. And to do so, the company came up with tons of different variants of the phone.A 5.2-inch model, a 5.5-inch model, Zenfone Laser, Zenfone Ultra and the top-most variant named Zenfone Deluxe.
We got the opportunity to spend some time with the 5.5-inch Zenfone 3. Read on to know what do we think about this device!’
When Asus said that it is going to compete in the premium range of smarpthones, the company meant it and didn’t want to leave any stones unturned. The company did a total makeover of the device and moved away from the ugly looking plastic panel that was seen on the Zenfone 2. This time the company made sure that the device looks gorgeous and premium so that no one cans top themselves from shelling out money for this beautiful device.
This time the company has gone the Metal + Glass way. The body has a metallic finish with Asus’ signature concentric cirlces on the back. 2.5D curved corning gorilla glass on the front and the back of the device adds a lot more to the looks. The back is supper glossy but still looks magnificent.
Asus Zenfone 3 comes with different display sizes, it depends on the variant you choose. We had the 5.5-inch model. The device comes with a FHD IPS display which is stunningly sharp and converts to a density of 401ppi. The display is bright enough at 600nits which makes it vibrant and gives out rich colors. Even if you are going to use the phone outdoors then you won’t have any problem as it is bright enough to withstand the harsh sunlight.
You can even tune the colors according to your needs with the built-in app called Splendid. The device even comes with a bluelight filter that adds a filter on the top of the display to keep your eyes safe in dark.
ZF3 comes with a 16MP camera on the back with a 6P Largan lens and f/2.0 aperture. The focusing capabilities of the device are pretty interesting, it uses company’s TriTech AutoFocus which combines the laser autofocus, PDAF and continuous autofocus to make sure that the subject is in focus in fraction of a second.
The camera also sports OIS and EIS which makes the videos as well as the images pretty stable. The surprising part on this phone was that the default camera resolution was set at 12MP instead of 16MP, although you can change it in the settings of the device.
Indoor images were pretty great with perfect amount of details and accuracy. The outdoor shots were good as well, the images didn’t looked overprocessed even when they were zoomed in. The low-light performance wasn’t upto the mark as the images were filled with grains and there was a loss of detail. Overall it is a good camera for casual use but sometimes it wouldn’t be the best thing.
What do you expect from an Octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM and Adreno 506 GPU? The answer is awesomeness. And that’s what the Zenfone 3 delivers. The phone is able to handle heavy games with ease with no frame-drops at all. The SD 625 processor and the 4GB LPDDR3 RAM does a pretty good job at handling multi-tasking.
The fingerprint sensor is really accurate and gives a quick response. The best thing is that the FP sensor is able to recognize your fingerpint even with wet fingers.
The 3000mAh battery on the device is pretty decent and can last almost for the whole day if you are a casual user. However, heavy users may require a second-charge by the evening.
Asus Zenfone 3 is priced at Rs. 27,999 which makes it a direct competitor of the OnePlus 3. There is no doubt that OnePlus 3 is a great phone, but Zenfone 3 manages to give it a tough competition. If you are someone who prefers a good looking smartphone with a great performance in the mid-range, then Zenfone 3 is something that you should definitely go with.