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Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Review: Well made, but highly-priced!
We have already reviewed two devices from Asus Zenfone 3 Series. Asus Zenfone 3 Max which was a real bummer in terms of performance and Asus Zenfone 3 which we find it, a perfectly priced device. Now It’s time to review another Zenfone device. This time we’ve got Zenfone 3 Laser.
With Asus Zenfone 3 Laser, the Taiwanese brand has once again created a camera-centric smartphone which according to them delivers the good quality image. Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is priced at Rs. 16,999 and is available in Gold as well as Silver color. We’ve got Zenfone 3 Laser in Gold color. I am not a fan of gold color, though.
Does Asus Zenfone 3 Laser stand out from competing options? Let’s find this out in our comprehensive Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Review.
Specifications of ASUS Zenfone 3 Laser
- 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display
- Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 ( 4 x 1.2 GHz Cortex A53 + 4 x 1.5 GHz Cortex A53) 64-bit processor with Adreno 505 GPU
- 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
- Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano/microSD)
- Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Zen UI 2.0
- 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, Sony IMX214 sensor, Laser AF, 3-axis EIS
- 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture
- Fingerprint sensor
- Dimensions: 149 x 76 x 7.9 mm; Weight: 150g
- 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
- 3000mAh battery
Build and Design
Asus has always given good build quality in their 3rd generation smartphone and Zenfone 3 Laser leaves no doubt in that case. Asus Zenfone 3 Laser comes with all metal body with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass in front for protection. Almost every other smartphone comes with the same design just like Laser but still, this device feels more sturdy and durable.
According to the website, the smartphone weighs 150g with dimensions of 149 x 76 x 7.9 mm. If you compared this device with Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Honor 6X, this device is very light and slim. Under the 20k segment, we also have Lenovo Zuk Z2 which weighs same but is 8.5mm in breadth.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser comes with 5.5-inch full HD display. At the top, you will see a front camera module with receiver and sensor. Zenfone 3 Laser has capacitive navigation button which as always are not backlit. Also, Asus has the different capacitive button in the sense that back and recent button they are interchanged and does confuse us sometimes. You also can not reassign those buttons.
The back has a centered place camera with laser assist on the right and dual tone flash to the left. There is a fingerprint scanner just below the camera module which is in a rectangular shape. There is an Asus logo near the bottom too. Apart from that two antenna bands are also there which as always improves the look.
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. You will find the speaker grill along with the microUSB 2.0 port on the bottom edge of the smartphone with the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top.
In a nutshell, Asus Zenfone 3 Laser comes with the impressive build quality which is quite light and slim as compared to other competitors.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser comes with 5.5-inch Full HD IPS Display at 401ppi and coated with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is quite good. If you look at the competitors, they are not gonna give you any protection. We have been using this device for around 2 weeks and found no problem in display whatsoever. Many other reviewers claimed that the smartphone doesn’t work well in sunlight and brightness is strangely dim but that was not the case with our review unit.
The display is bright, vivid and viewing angles are perfect. I had a good time while reading, web browsing, gaming or watching videos on the display. Text and images look crisp. Color reproduction is great. There is a black border in the display which according to me doesn’t contribute towards a stylish look. The touch response for this device is smooth and fluid.
The device comes with a splendid app which lets you change your color mode. There is also a Bluelight filter which works superbly and reduces strain while reading especially in night time. The device also supports Glove touch which is definitely a life savior if you are living in the very cold environment. You can enable this in setting menu.
We have talked about the display and build quality. Now, it’s time to look at the inside. Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is packed with Qualcomm Octa Core MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4GHz with Adreno 505 GPU. In terms of Ram and storage, you will get 4 gigs of Ram with 32 gigs of internal storage. With this price tag, Asus should have gone for 64 GB. If you find 32GB not too much, you can opt for micro sd up to 128GB instead of second sim card.
Asus has added a 13MP 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 at 1080p resolution at 30fps. Also, the phone sports an 8MP camera module with f/2.0 aperture on the front.
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.
Asus ZenUI comes with large numbers of preloaded apps which no one uses. When I received this review unit, disabling the useless apps was the first thing I did. I guess Asus should minimize the preloaded apps. One can opt for disabling them but they still use your storage.
One of the best things of Asus ZenUI is that you can customize it to large extent as compared to other brand’s UI. You can use third party icon packs, chooses between one page or two-page layout and much more. ZenUI gives you lots of great features such as built-in search functionality which can be used by swiping down on the screen. This feature allows you to search installed apps, contacts or trending terms. You also get the inbuilt theme store which lets you customize your device from icons to the font, basically everything.
The best thing about their UI is ZenMotion which allows you to enable some premade gestures, Double-tap to wake up or sleep and motion gesture too. You can also set quick trigger for One Hand Mode. The fingerprint scanner can be used to answer incoming calls, launch the camera app, or take a picture.
Overall, The UI is good but not finest. Asus should focus on providing a good experience not just in build quality but also in terms of software.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser works pretty well as compared to Asus Zenfone 3 Max. Performance in 3 Max was a big pain for me. You were not even able to do simple multitasking most of the time. Well, that is not the case with Asus Zenfone 3 Laser.
Yeah! It is not up to the mark but Asus can fix that problem in future updates. Most of the time the smartphones works flawlessly. I’ve been using this device as my primary smartphone and surprisingly, does not have any complaint. We have done basic multitasking, switching between apps, playing games etc. Yes! at this price point, Asus should focus more on performance and they can solve various issues with OTA updates.
I don’t usually play games on my smartphone and can not give you the exact performance stats while gaming but can assure that It should not be a problem.
Zenfone 3 Laser sports a 13MP rear camera with Sony IMX214 sensor with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, Laser AF and 3-axis EIS. It includes Pixelmaster 3.0 imaging technology and a second generation ultra-fast focus technology which, as per the company, focuses on an object in 0.03 seconds.
Laser Auto-Focus is impressive at 0.03s which is evident while taking close up shots, it was not as efficient on long shots. However, the resulting image didn’t break much ground. While daylight images were good enough and showcased saturated colors, low-light shots and those clicked in artificial light were not satisfying enough.
Electronic Image Stabilisation is helpful while Video recording which makes the footage appear smooth. The front camera is an 8MP shooter with the aperture of f/2.0, it captures decent selfies and the beautification mode is automatically activated on launching the front camera. The camera is quite good for regular captures and nothing exceptional should be expected from it which its competitors do not do.
You can look at some camera samples below:
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is currently priced at Rs. 16,999/- while when the first time It was launched It was priced at Rs.19,999/- which was insanely overpriced given this specification. Still, the smartphone is not well priced and is missing features which one can get with this price tag. It does not have USB Type-C and Fast Charging at this price point. You can get fast charging even below 15k segment.
Keeping aside the price, the Zenfone 3 Laser sports decent build with the good display, decent camera performance and decent battery. It will be a great buy if ASUS plan to cut short the pricing by a good margin.
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Disclaimer: We have used images from other sources as raccoon came in deleted all the device pictures and we don’t have this device anymore. So time to exploit some copyrights 😉