We reviewed the Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL) a few days back. and now we oneplus 3 ,review) for those looking for a second phone option. Recently the company in India Asus Zenfone 3 Laser (ZC551KL)) which will be available online only before being available on offline retail channels.
Like other Zenfone 3 models, the new Asus Zenfone 3 Laser runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This phone is made of metal body. In this phone, an attempt has been made to remove the shutter problem with faster autofocus and better camera. Will this phone be able to stand apart from the rival and maintain its identity? Today we will know about the advantages and disadvantages of this smartphone through review.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Design and Look
The Zenfone 3 Laser is a metal body smartphone and comes with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection on the front. Its dimensions are 149x76x7.9mm and weighing 150 grams. Despite the 5.5-inch screen, the Zenfone 3 Laser fits snugly in one hand. while the same screen size Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE5552KL) We didn’t find it convenient to use with one hand.
The phone flaunts a 5.5-inch Full HD display on the front with a front-facing camera. According to Asus, the handset has a screen-to-body ratio of 77 percent. Below the display is the capacitive Android navigation button. The navigation buttons are not backlit, so we did not find it easy to use the phone in the dark. Our review unit was in Gold color and this phone will also be available in Silver color.
The rear of the phone is also made of metal and like the Zenfone 3, it comes with a glass rear. There are two lines at the top and bottom on the rear. xiaomi redmi note 3 is like. Asus says that this phone also has a fingerprint sensor and it has been covered with such a coating that does not leave marks.
The rear camera of the phone is embossed and its design is similar to other smartphones in the Zenfone 3 series. There’s a dual LED flash and laser autofocus ammeter on the rear near the camera lens. The fingerprint scanner is given just below the camera. And on the bottom is the Asus branding. The power and volume buttons are on the right side of the phone while there is a hybrid SIM slot on the left side. The phone has a 3.5mm audio jack at the top while a standard Micro-USB port and speaker grille is given at the bottom.
One problem we encountered during the review process was that the sides of the micro-USB port were a bit sharp. Due to which there is a slight scratch in the hand while using the phone.
The 5.5-inch Full HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display is vibrant and the color output is decent. The brightness level of the display is also very good. Text and photos look crisp. Users can adjust the color temperature through Asus’ Splendid app. The phone can be read well even in sunlight and we did not face any problem in using the phone in daylight. There was no problem with the viewing angle while watching movies, videos and other multimedia content.
We noticed that the display is a fingerprint magnet and we have to clean it from time to time. Like the Zenfone 3(ZE552KL), the Zenfone 3 Laser has a blue light filter that is claimed to protect the eyes. During our review, we did not see any problem with the touch of the display and can use the phone even with gloves on.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Specifications and Software
The Zenfone 3 Laser is powered by an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4GHz. For graphics there is Adreno 505. There is 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM. This phone has 32 GB inbuilt storage which can be expanded up to 128 GB via microSD card. In collaboration with Google, Asus is also offering up to 100 GB of cloud storage on Google Drive for two years, which you can use to store photos, videos and other documents.
This phone has a 13-megapixel rear camera with aperture F / 2.0 and dual tone LED flash. It supports video recording of up to 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. The phone also has an 8-megapixel camera with aperture F/2.0. In terms of connectivity, the Zenfone 3 Laser features Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS and 4G. The handset comes with a hybrid SIM slot which means the user has to choose between two SIM cards or one SIM card and one microSD card.
Asus claims that both the slots support 3G and 4G networks but only one can be active at a time. Zenfone 3 Laser supports LTE. The handset has a 3000 mAh non-removable battery.
The Asus Zenfone 3 Laser runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s ZenUI 3.0 skin on top. The Zenfone 3 Laser runs on the same software as the Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL). More details about the Zenfone 3 can be read in our review. Its most notable feature is the real-time animated weather and clock widgets.
Asus has revamped ZenUI’s interface a lot in the recent times. The new version is lighter, clearer and cleaner than before. However, many of Asus apps like Themes, Photo Collage, Mini Movie, ZenCircle, ZenSync, Weather, Do It Later, Games, Gene, Zenfone Care and Cover do bother us a bit. Apart from this, third party apps like Amazon Shopping, Saavn, TripAdvisor, Instagram, Amazon Kindle and Facebook are also installed in the phone. Many of these can be uninstalled.
asus zenfone 3 laser camera
In this Asus phone, the camera app can be opened quickly from the lock screen as well. The interface of the app is easy to understand. Features like User Manual, HDR Pro, Beautification, Super Resolution, Low-light, QR Code, Night, Depth of Field, Effect, Selfie, GIF Animation, Panorama, Miniature, Time Rewind, Slow Motion and Time Lapse. It is worth noting that all these modes have been given in all the smartphones of Zenfone 3 series.
The most talked about feature of this phone is the laser autofocus technology given in it, which is claimed to lock focus in 0.03 seconds. During our review, we found that this feature works really fast. Laser autofocus plays a big role when taking close-up shots.
The Zenfone 3 laser can capture great pictures with better detail and great color reproduction in bright light. When we zoomed in on the photos, we noticed a little noise and smudges at the edges. We were very impressed with the pictures taken in low light.
We recorded video at 1080 pixels with the Zenfone 3 laser and the results were excellent as well. The Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) feature comes in handy while recording videos and it also records better videos when the hands are not steady.
The front camera of the phone is also great and it can take quick selfies. The Zenfone 3 Laser automatically opens the beautification mode when the front camera is opened. However, it can be disabled. We have to say that the phone can take great pictures.
asus zenfone 3 laser performance
Multitasking can be done smoothly with the Asus Zenfone 3 Laser but the phone tends to slow down when too many apps are open in the background. Due to the display quality, it is good to watch movies in the phone. We did not face any heat problem in the phone. However, the phone does get a bit hot while charging, playing games and recording 1080p video. Like any other metal device, the Zenfone 3 laser also slips, especially if your hands are sweaty. The Zenfone 3 laser slipped from our hands several times during our review but the good thing is that the device was not damaged.
The fingerprint sensor worked mostly well while using the phone. The fingerprint samsar can unlock the phone even when it is in standby mode, which is very convenient. The absence of USB Type-C is now a problem in this phone. The speakers given in the phone are loud and the accompanying earphones also make good sound.
The Asus Zenfone 3 Laser got decent figures in benchmark tests.
This phone has 3000 mAh non removable battery. The phone’s battery lasted for 12 hours and 25 minutes in our video loop test. At the same time, the battery of Zenfone 3 lasted for 13 hours and 45 minutes. The Zenfone 3 Laser lasts for more than a day when making short calls, browsing the Internet, photography, watching videos on YouTube, and running apps like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. The Zenfone 3 Laser does not support fast charging like other Zenfone 3 smartphones.
Asus has priced the Zenfone 3 around Rs 20,000. xiaomi redmi 3s And redmi 3s prime ,review) also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and their price is less than Rs 10,000. The performance of the Zenfone 3 Laser is less than other smartphones in this price range.
It is hard work to recommend this phone to buy. phone crash Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime ,review) And Lenovo Z2 Plus ,review) which perform very well according to the price. The camera of Zenfone 3 Laser is very good but its high price cannot be justified. With features like metal body, decent screen and software enhancements, it would be better if the price of this phone is Rs 15,000 or less.