We are continuously reviewing the Zenfone 3 series smartphones from Asus like Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Max, Zenfone 3S Max, etc., In the series now we are back with Asus Zenfone 3 Laser review. In addition to the Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Laser, Zenfone 3 Deluxe models, Asus Zenfone 3 Laser [ZC551KL] was also launched in India a few months back. This model comes with 4GB RAM and 32 GB storage and it is priced at Rs.16999. I’m using the device for more than a week now and here is my detailed review of the device.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Review:
Design & Display & Package:
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser comes in an all metal body design with rounded edges on four sides of the phone. The phone is slim, shiny and the metal body polished with hyperfine sandblasting technique. Easy to hold and compact in size. This phone comes with 2.5 D contoured glass on the front for protection. The phone features 5.5 inches Full HD display with intense 500nits brightness for easy viewing even under the brightest light conditions and it has 77% screen-to-body ratio. The dimension of the phone is 149 x 76 x 7.9 mm (WxDxH) and it weights about 150 grams.
On the front, we have 8 MP camera, sensors, earpiece and the notification light. On the right, we have volume and power buttons. We have the SIM card and microSD card slot on the left. On the back, we have 13 MP rear camera with Dual LED real tone flash and fingerprint scanner just below the camera and ASUS branding on the bottom of the back side. On the top, we have 3.5 mm audio jack and secondary noise-cancelling microphone. Bottom we have the primary microphone, speaker grill, and micro USB standard port. Below the display, we have the physical navigation buttons which are not having the backlit function.
The phone comes in 2 different colors Glacier Silver and Sand Gold.
The Box package contains the Asus Zenfone 3 Laser itself, Charging Adaptor and micro USB cable, Earphone with additional earbuds.
Hardware and Specifications:
Zenfone 3 Laser is equipped with Qualcomm 64-bit Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core processor along with Adreno 505 GPU. This processor is capable of Qualcomm quick charge 3.0. The phone has 4 GB of RAM for better performance. The inbuilt storage is 32 GB and the memory can be expandable up to 128 GB using a microSD card. OTG also supported on this phone, so you can connect external storage devices to access data. In addition to the above, both variants have 5 GB ASUS WebStorage valid for lifetime and 100GB Google Drive space for 2 years.
The phone has the fingerprint sensor which is located on the backside of the phone just below the camera. You can save up to 5 fingerprints.
The phone comes with Dual SIM hybrid SIM slot supports 4G LTE with VoLTE. Both SIM slots support 4G, but you can use any one SIM with 4G at a time. While using 4G on one SIM, the other SIM will support 3G/2G. This works well with all networks. The phone supports JIO VoLTE. Also the phone has Bluetooth V 4.2 +A2DP +EDR, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, GPS.
The phone has the following sensors – Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Fingerprint, Proximity, Ambient light, E-Compass, Hall Sensor and RGB sensors. In addition, we also have FM receiver.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is equipped with 3000 mAh non-removable battery. You can have various power saving options which usually comes with the Asus Zen UI.
On the rear, we have a 13 MP camera with Dual LED real tone flash, f/2.0 aperture, BlueGlass IR filter, Color correction (RGB) sensor for the best white balance and natural-looking colors, autofocus, Ultrafast TriTech autofocus. The camera supports Full HD vide recording which is 1080p @ 30 FPS along with 3-axis Electronic Image Stabilization for shake-free videos. As usual, you have the PixelMaster 3.0 camera app which allows you to take different types of pictures and videos.
PixelMaster Camera Modes available for the rear camera are Back Light (HDR) Mode, Low Light Mode, Manual Mode (for DSLR-like camera detail settings), Real Time Beautification Mode, Super Resolution Mode (for up to 4X resolution photos), Night Mode, Depth of Field Mode, Photo Effect Mode, Selfie Panorama, GIF Animation Mode, Slow Motion Mode, Time Lapse Mode.
On the front, we have 8 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture. It has the Beautification mode for selfies which has balance facial features, soften complexions and remove skin blemishes to create flawless photos and all in real time. PixelMaster Camera Modes available for the front camera are Back Light (HDR) Mode, Low Light Mode, Real Time Beautification Mode, Panorama Selfie Mode.
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Zenfone 3 Laser runs on Android MarshMallow 6.0 with the brand-new ASUS ZenUI 3.0 on top. As usual, it has a lot of the preloaded apps, but you can able to uninstall some of the third party apps which help to save some space used by the unused apps. If you don’t like any app from ASUS, then you can able to disable them. You can also make use of the plenty of themes available in the theme store.
Performance and Test Results of Asus Zenfone 3 Laser:
I have been using the device for more than a week now and I have tested the device with Jio and Vodafone networks where the JIO has the data connection on throughout the day. The call quality is decent enough and I don’t find any issues with it. The have used the phone for long hours continuously and didn’t find any heating issues. While playing videos, the display quality was nice. The phone is easy to hold and it is not slippery as the Zenfone 3 Max variant.
On an average usage the battery lasts for a day and if you are a heavy user, then it depends on the usage. On a continuous video play, the battery lasts for nearly 12 to 13 hrs. The phone doesn’t support fast charging which is disappointing. Zen UI has the various battery saving options which allow you to optimize the use of battery according to your need. My opinion is Asus should build at least a 4000 mAh battery in the device when considering the price of the device.
The navigation buttons are not backlit. Also, the phone has too much bloatware apps in which only a few of them can be uninstalled and the rest can only be disabled.
We tried recording the full HD 1080p videos to test the EIS feature on the phone. You know what, the output is really good and the electronic image stabilization (EIS) feature makes the video clean even when our hands weren’t steady at some positions. While coming to the pictures, the shutter speed is fast and the pictures taken in the low light are good. You can Checkout the sample pictures clicked with various modes of the phone above. The overall camera quality is good for the day to day photos.
The earphones bundled with the phone is decent and it comes with extra earbuds, so you can choose the one which fits in your ear.
- Full HD Display
- VoLTE Support
- More Bloatware
The performance of the phone is really good and I didn’t find any lag, heating issues and the camera is decent. The phone is priced at Rs.16999 which is higher for the device when compared to the other competitors. There are many other budget phones like Redmi 3S Prime and few other smartphones which feature the same processor for the price of below Rs.10000. On considering the other factors of the phone, the phone is worth if priced around Rs.12K to Rs.13K.
The phone is available via Flipkart in India, you can buy it here and it is priced at Rs.16999.
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