Asus zenfone 3 laser review: borderline decent smartphone, with an unfortunate price tag


This is a comprehensive Review of the Asus ZenFone 3 Laser ZC551KL comparing and outlining every feature of the điện thoại thông minh.

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Rehan HoodaDec 16, 2016 12:33:13 IST






Asus announced the ZenFone 3 series during Computex năm nhâm thìn. The company launched three devices, và the Zenfone 3 laze was announced after Computex. We have sầu already reviewed Asus ZenFone 3 MaxHãng Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra, & in this Reviews, I will be talking about the Hãng Asus ZenFone 3 laze.

As expected from the announcements, ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Max and Zenfone 3 Ultra, all cater to a particular submix of the audience và work well for what they offer. You can kiểm tra out the detailed breakup of the three smartphones in the nhận xét done for the devices.

Hãng Asus Zenfone 3 laze is pegged khổng lồ be the camera-centric smartphone with tia laze autofocus mechanism and the stresses on delivering good image unique.


Build and Design: 6.5 / 10

Hãng Asus ZenFone 3 Laser comes with an inspiring thiết kế, & the philosophy follows the general guidelines phối by the ZenFone 3 series, going with an all metal toàn thân. You get the physical navigation buttons on the bottom which can"t be reassigned & are not backlit.

There is no textured baông xã or fancy kiến thiết element lớn make it st& out in the sea of smartphones in the same or even lower price bracket. According khổng lồ the trang web, the smartphone weighs 150g with dimensions of 149 x 76 x 7.9 milimet. The overall feel of the device is sturdy with no squeaky or loose parts, thereby giving it a durable feel.


You will find the volume rocker and the power button on the top right side of the smartphone with the SIM tray located on the top of the left side of the smartphone. One thing lớn note is that the Svà Gold variant gives the điện thoại thông minh a dull look which is not the case in the Hãng Asus ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Max, ZenFone 3 Ultra or even the ZenFone 3 Deluxe cộ.


The fingerprint sensor comes on the bachồng of the điện thoại thông minh, and it does not come in the circular form factor as most smartphones have sầu these days. Instead, the fingerprint sensor comes in a narrow rectangle with rounded corners. This form factor of the fingerprint sensor makes it difficult for the users despite the increase in the surface area, as the increased yet restricted surface area reduces the accurate detection of the fingerprint.


You will find the speaker grill along with the microUSB 2.0 port on the bottom edge of the smartphone with the 3.5milimet tai nghe jachồng on the top.

Features: 7 / 10

Hãng Asus ZenFone 3 Laser packs an Octa-core Qualcomilimet MSM8937 Snaprồng 430 processor clocked at 1.4GHz with Adreno 505 GPU. I got the 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage variant for reviews. But the phone also comes in 2GB RAM & 32GB internal storage option. If you are running out of storage space, then you can add a microSD thẻ up to lớn 256GB in the second SIM slot. laze has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD with an effective resolution of 1080x19đôi mươi at 401ppi pixel density covered with Gorilla Glass 3 for additional protection.


Hãng Asus has added a 13MPhường camera module along with laser autofocus with f/2.0 aperture dual-tone LED flash on the back. This camera module is capable of shooting video clip at 1080p resolution at 30fps. Also, the phone sports an 8MPhường camera module with f/2.0 aperture on the front.


ZenFone 3 tia laze is equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, công nghệ Bluetooth không dây v4.2, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS và nhà đất, microUSB v2.0 port with fast-charging tư vấn (sort of depending on the max current supplied by the adapter) & USB On-The-Go support. The điện thoại thông minh also provides 3.5mm headphone jack on the top side of the smartphone, IR port và FM radio tư vấn along with hybrid dual SIM slots (one nano SIM + one micro SIM or one nano SIM + one microSD).


The company has added fingerprint sensor on the rear side of the smartphone right below the camera module along with an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and compass sensors. You get a 3000mAh Lithium-Ion non-removable battery in the device which performs decently.

Display: 6.5 / 10

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser has a respectable 5.5-inch FullHD IPS LCD display. The display seems lớn hold on its own during daily usage. The screen is reflective sầu, và you will face discomfort while working in direct sunlight & will need lớn re-adjust your viewing angles. One thing to note is that the screen brightness seems to be strangely low.


The LCD IPS display provides decent viewing angles despite seeming a bit dlặng when viewed from sides. But overall, I had a good time while reading, web browsing, gaming or watching videos on the display. The colours, contrast và vibrancy of the display was fairly decent at all times. There is no special mode for outdoors, and I wish that Asus had added something for the direct-in-sun workflow which could make working easier.

Software: 7 / 10

Hãng Asus ZenFone 3 Laser runs Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 out of the box along with the custom ZenUI 3.0 on the top of the OS.

There are elements lượt thích the three quick-launch options on the lock-screen & the folder-style on the home screen that could have sầu been better. Thankfully ZenUI does give you the option to lớn turn the quick-launch options off which helps it give more AOSPhường lượt thích experience.


Asus has packed "thiết bị di động Manager" as part of its ZenUI which gives you information on data usage, power saving modes, notifications and privacy and security. This works amazingly in principle, giving you quick access khổng lồ everything important that you need to take control of. But also, they have added "Cleanup" và "Boost" options on the "Smartphone Manager" which doesn"t make sense lớn me.

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Primarily because anyone who is familiar with Android architecture & the changes done since Android Kitkat 4.4, the OS has evolved sufficiently khổng lồ make sure that user experience remains unaffected in the long run. The "Boost" mode, in particular, does not provide any benefit và may indeed worsen the battery life and break cross-tiện ích operations. The company has even added a shortcut for the same labelled "nguồn & Boost" which claims to "Boost" your smartphone.

Asus has added other apps like ZenTalk, Themes, Puffin, MyASUS Service Centre, ZenFone Care also in-house apps lượt thích Gallery, Contacts, File Manager, MiniMovie, PhotoCollage, Weather, Do It Later, Clock, Calculator, Flashlight, Share Link và WebStorage. One thing that I continue khổng lồ love sầu about the ZenUI is the option to lớn turn off the screenshot notification in the settings menu.

Performance: 6 / 10

Hãng Asus ZenFone 3 Laser"s performance was quite average, without any significant device freezing, lag or stuttering for the majority of the reviews. The experience turned rocky immediately after I ran any high-cấp độ benchmark apps where the entire system came khổng lồ a crawl. I had lớn manually kill some benchmark apps to return to usable system conditions. I also regularly suffered from micro stutters while using the phone where the UI seemed sluggish while scrolling through long danh mục of Google Play Store apps.

It"s not clear if Hãng Asus purposely included the slow animations to lớn make sure that users don"t detect the stuttering & slowness from the animations. Apart from the occasional micro-stutters, Snapdragon 430 coupled with 4GB RAM performed decently during all the tasks, music, gaming, website browsing and photo lớn editing. But at these price points, you need to have sầu a well-optimised software user experience. Asus needs to fix these issues in future updates.

The điện thoại thông minh scored 3481 in the PCMark "Work performance 2.0" benchmark along with scoring 642 in Single-Chip Core and 2026 in Multi-bộ vi xử lý Core benchmarks in Geekbench 4. laze did decently & did not heat up considerably during extended gaming sessions and held admirably lớn heavy games like DeadTrigger 2, Modern Combat 5Gear Club.

It scored 9398, 5569 & 9590 in IceStorm, IceStorm Extreme và IceStorm Unlimited benchmarks. The điện thoại thông minh scores 22779 in Quadrant & 44525 in AnTuTu benchmark that I ran during my testing.


The Điện thoại tư vấn chất lượng of the ZenFone 3 laze is decent with good clarity & volume of the sound. The audio unique of the speaker grill on the bottom side of the điện thoại thông minh is decent with no surprises. However, the volume should have sầu been more as in large halls or noisy rooms, the audio quality goes for a toss.

Camera: 6 / 10

ZenFone 3 Laser is supposed lớn be a camera-centric smartphone which should take decent if not great photos. But I am sad lớn report that the photos taken by the ZenFone 3 laze are not great. The 13MP camera on the rear và the 8MP camera on the front are equally bad with most of the images full of noise in anything less than ideal lighting situations. Some turn lớn be a blurry mess in the tự động hóa mode.


The camera lượt thích all the ZenUI running smartphones provides sufficient options regarding shooting modes ranging from Aulớn, ZenFlash, Manual, HDR Pro, Beautification, Super Resolution, Children, Low Light, QR Codes, Close-up among muốn others.

Asus needs to lớn step up their camera game, and the camera needs khổng lồ take better photos in anything less than perfect lighting conditions. One cannot name the smartphone "Laser" to signify the Laser Autofocus system of the camera và then deliver such ordinary photos throughout.

Battery: 8 / 10

ZenFone 3 Laser performed great in the battery life department. During my extensive sầu testing, the smartphone performed admirably well coping to lớn my heavy usage. It lasted a little over 11 hours during my typical day which consists of always being connected khổng lồ the internet through Wi-Fi, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp throughout the day in addition to 1 hour of music, 35-40 minutes of gaming và installing & testing new apps.

However, two major things are missing in the offering are the USB Type-C port và fast charging. It is almost criminal for people khổng lồ wait for more than two hours khổng lồ wait for their smartphone being charged from 0 percent to lớn 100 percent in 2016.

I could not figure out what it was that was causing the PC Mark for Android battery life test benchmark khổng lồ crash constantly. I tried running the test four times, but all the times PCMark would crash as the kiểm tra reached 50 percent.


Similarly khổng lồ other ZenFones, the Smartphone Manager has a "Power nguồn Saver" which gives us Performance, Normal, nguồn saving, Super saving và Customised power saving modes lớn improve the battery life. The smartphone also offers lớn reserve battery for calls, và you can phối the conservation mode lớn kick in once the battery drops lớn a certain percentage. Even though the performance drops once the nguồn saving mode is activated, the fact remains that I would much rather use my điện thoại thông minh in a reduced performance state rather than have a dead điện thoại thông minh.

Verdict và Price in India

Asus ZenFone 3 tia laze is a decent điện thoại thông minh in the whole ZenFone 3 series. But despite the decent attempt at going with tried và tested way, there is no way that I would suggest this smartphone to anyone for the Rs 18,999. I would never pay this much money for a smartphone that has issues such as micro stutters and lags in operation, average camera và does not have sầu essentials such as USB Type-C và fast charging in năm 2016.


It is better that you look elsewhere lượt thích the Xiaongươi Mi Max or you can get Xiaomi Mi5 with the exchange of your current smartphone. Looking at other smartphone offerings even Mokhổng lồ G4 Plus or Lenovo Zuk Z2 Plus is better than what Hãng Asus is offering here both in terms of performance as well as the value for money. Even if you are Asus loyalist, I would recommover you to lớn save up and look for something else like Hãng Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra or ZenFone 3 Max or ZenFone 3.

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