Launched last year, the Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is another budget-oriented Zenfone 3 series smartphone wrapped around with metallic body and as the name suggests its comes with laser-focus assisted camera which is now available at a price point of Rs. 16,999/-, whereas at the time of launch its was priced at Rs. 18,999/-.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Key Specs Sheet
- 5.5-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core Processor
- 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage, MicroSD Card up to 128GB
- Android Marshmallow, Asus ZenUI
- 13-Megapixel Rear Camera with Laser Auto-Focus
- 8-Megapixel Front Selfie Camera
- Hybrid Dual SIM Slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB & 3.5mm headphone jack
- Fingerprint Scanner (Rear)
- 3000 mAh Non-Removable Battery
In terms of design, it’s a sleek device. It comes with metallic back and glass on the front and it looks similar to the Zenfone 3 Max variant. It is having non-backlit capacitive touch buttons. The volume and power buttons are placed on the right side, SIM tray is on the left, 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and the micro USB port, primary microphone along with loudspeaker is on the bottom side of the handset.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 2.5D contoured glasses and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has 77% screen-to-body-ratio along with 500nits brightness. The display looks good, with good viewing angles and it won’t be a problem to view it in bright sunlight. Plus, you can also change display colour settings.
It comes running on Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) operating system along with ZEN UI. It comes little bit bloatware, although you can uninstall it.
Zenfone 3 Laser gets its power from a (64-bit) 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core processor coupled with Adreno 505 graphics processor. So you can expect almost identical performance as we earlier tested on the Zenfone 3 Max (Gameplays & Benchmarks).
To be precise, the Zenfone 3 Laser score on Antutu was 43290 whereas, on the Geekbenck 3 it scored 615 and 1931 for single-core and multi-core, respectively.
(Images will be updated soon).
Memory And Storage
This handset comes with 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 32GB of internal storage, out of which approximately 23GB is what user gets. However, the storage can also be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card.
Zenfone 3 Laser comes equipped with a 13-megapixel rear auto-focus camera which is assisted with laser focusing, f/2.0 aperture and dual rear-tone LED flash. The camera interface is Asus typical, and you will get tons of modes like manual mode, super resolution mode, time lapse mode, slow motion mode, etc.
For selfies, it is having an 8-megapixel front sensor with f/2.0 aperture and there are a bunch of modes like beautification mode, selfie panorama, etc.
In terms of camera performance, the images taken in good daylight looks pretty good with a fare amount of details. Saturation levels seem to be on the higher side and the HRD modes work nicely. As mentioned earlier, the Zenfone 3 Laser uses laser auto-focus which helps it to focus on the subject quickly. The camera can be set on Auto HDR or HRD Pro mode. However, sometimes with HRD Pro mode images came out to be pretty brighter than what we expected.
Whereas, the front camera cam take good images, although there is some kind of sharpening going in the background and for the selfies lovers, it is having beautification mode as well as selfie panorama mode for group selfies.
(More camera samples will be added soon.)
Zenfone 3 Laser supports hybrid dual SIM slots placed on the left side of the phone and it can hold dual nano-SIM cards or one nano-SIM card, plus a microSD card (Configuration: SIM 1 + SIM 2 or MicroSD). Other connectivity features include a Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2 (A2DP, EDR), 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro USB port.
This smartphone packs a 3000 mAh non-removable battery which has a good standby time. [Battery results will be updated soon]. Like most of the other Zenfones, it comes with 4 different battery modes i.e. performance, normal, power saving and super saving mode. Moreover, there is also a mode for your customization.
It comes with a 5.2V 1A wall adapter and I have to say that the USB to micro USB cable is pretty small. And, to charge this device from 0 to 50%, it took us about 1 hour 40 minutes with the supplied charger.
This phone also features a slightly weird looking fingerprint scanner which is placed on the rear side below the camera module. In our testing, it worked over 95% of the time. However, it takes around 1s to unlock the devices that make it slightly slower than average phones we have tested. You can set up to 5 fingers with it and it also allows you to pick calls and to open camera as well as take selfies.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser priced at Rs 16,999/- is a decent device with mediocre performance and a lot of style. This device is neither an underperformer nor an over performer. For the price, you are getting a solid built quality, good camera, beautiful display, average performance and battery life.
If you require longer battery life, we recommend you to go for the Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL) which has almost similar features but it packs a 5000 mAh battery. However, for gamers, Zenfone 3 Laser might be a better option compared to the Zenfone 3 Max as it has 3GB of RAM, instead of 4GB.
- Best Buy Link – (Flipkart) Asus Zenfone 3 Laser.
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