I personally used the device for a long time and now its time to shear the Asus ZenFone 3 Laser Review with all of you.
Budget smartphones are getting better over the past couple of years. 2016 was especially an incredible year for affordable phones worth buying. It is now more than ever before to spend about 400 dollars or less on a mobile phone that closely resembles the experience of a device that costs twice as much.
This is good for consumers who want a great user experience and without having to spend much money. But also, that means, to stick out of this extremely crowded market, manufacturers that are creating these affordable phones must differentiate as much as possible.
Asus is no foreigner to the budget-friendly world of smartphones, and with ZenFone 2, the company was one of the world leaders for this market in 2015.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is a premium-looking device in the budget segment the-main highlight of the device is that its camera and the all-metal unibody design which looks premium for sure. The device flaunts a 5.5 inch Full HD Plus screen with a 2.5D curved corning gorilla glass protection to avoid scratches on the screen.
Zenfone 3 laser comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor and a 13 Megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor (f/2.0 aperture) with the pixel size of 1.127mi and an 8 Megapixel front shooter. A 3000mAh battery is packed with the device, a USB port and, a 3.5mm audio headphone jack. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat on top of Companies own custom skin ZEN UI (which can be upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo).
Let us find out in this detailed Asus ZenFone 3 Laser Review.
Zenfone 3 Laser Design and build
When it comes to the design segment the Zenfone 3 Laser, it has solid aluminum metal build with a unibody frame, the device feels premium to carry in hand with its sleek design and curved edges which allows us to comfortably carrying the device with single hand, however the device feels slippery in hand, if you do not use a protective case for the device.
The display is designed with a 2.5D curved screen and is protected by corning gorilla glass. An 8 Megapixel front-facing camera is provided for the selfies. At the bottom of the display, capacitive buttons for navigation are placed, and sadly, they are not backlit.
The 13 MP rear-facing camera is placed at the back and has a LED flash and a laser light as well. Right below the camera flash, there is a vertically designed fingerprint scanner which is quite small to place your finger on it, and it takes time to get used to it. At the bottom, you will find a mic, a micro USB port, and a speaker grill.
The volume button and the power button is placed on the right side of the device, and the SIM card tray is located on the left side. A 3.5mm audio headphone jack is placed at the top and a secondary noise cancellation mic. According to the company, the Zenfone 3 Laser comes with Oleophobic coating, which is fingerprint- and smudge-resistant.
The screen of Zenfone 3 Laser features a 5.5inch IPS full HD display with a resolution of 1920×1080 and has a screen to body ratio of about 77% as claimed by Asus, the screen is covered by a 2.5D curved corning gorilla glass protection.
The display is good under the direct sunlight; the auto-brightness sensor works really well to adjust accordingly to the light. The visibility from different viewing angles is great, and color reproduction is good. The display brightness and colors can be adjusted by the pre-installed “Splendid” app by Asus. The touch response from the screen even with the gloves is amazing. It has a blue light filter which helps in reducing glare and the strain on the eyes. All in all, the display quality is decent.
Performance, Software and UI of Zenfone 3 Laser
The devices sport a midrange Octa-Core 64bits- Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor paired with Adreno 505 GPU and powered with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card.
Zenfone 3 laser’s performance is not its USP, although it manages to perform all the basic tasks quite well enough. When it comes to multi-tasking, the lag and stutter is evident. The device gets slightly warm while gaming and charging the phone. Zenfone 3 Laser struggles with high frame rates for graphically intense games. The fingerprint scanner works well to unlock the device, to my liking the fingerprint scanner is quite small to accommodate your finger easily to unlock the device.
The Zenfone 3 laser was launched with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s custom ZenUI 3.0. And now, after two major Operating system updates, the device runs Android 8.0 Oreo with the ZenUI 5.0. The performance of the device is much improved than the previous version of the ZenUI.
The ZenUI looks sleek and efficient. In fact, it is quite better than the bloated UI. However, there are still a few pre-installed Asus apps still available on the device. The Zenfone 3 Laser comes with a hybrid SIM card slot which can have a single SIM and microSD card at a time or both the SIM card.
Camera of Zenfone 3 laser
The device comes with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera (f/2.0 aperture) with the Sony IMX214 sensor and 1.127mi pixel size. The photos were great under the daylighting and the Night mode is impressive too, the images were clear, and the has good colors as well. The LED flash also helps to make the photo even better under low lighting conditions. The macro shots were fantastic with good details and sharp colors. Using the 13MP camera, the Super Resolution mode enables you to take 52MP pictures and then combine them together.
We attempted to record 1080p videos on the Zenfone 3 Laser, the 13 Megapixel camera video quality was fantastic. The electronic image stabilization (EIS) feature was handy when recording videos, capturing the videos clean even when our hands were not stable.
The selfie camera of the device is an 8 Megapixel shooter for selfies. It has a Beautification mode which is enabled by default, and the option is provided to turn off the Beautification mode — overall a decent camera to take selfies.
A 3000mAh non removable battery is packed to power the device. The battery backup is decent and will last a day on moderate usage. The “power-saving mode” is also included to boost the battery life of the device. To charge the battery of handset, a micro USB port is provide by the company, it would have been nice to have a USB Type-C port as the phone does not support fast charging.
The Zenfone 3 Laser is a well-built Smartphone that performs reasonably well. It has a good display, a great camera, and a decent battery. I wouldn’t recommend the Zenfone 3 Laser if you need a performance device with a good battery life. There are a lot more choices available in the market in the same price segment and are better in overall performance.