Asus Zenfone 3 Review : Design Appeals, Price Doesn’t

When Asus launched the Zenfone 3 series last month a lot of people expected the Taiwanese company to launch another set of value for money budget devices. People also wished that there will be some change in design language but honestly, people did not expect what Asus came out with. The new range of smartphones was absolutely gorgeous and Zenfone 3 looked a stunner. Overall, the design was the talking point, however, pricing of the new phones was a major point of discussion.

Without any doubt, Asus Zenfone 3 is one of the most talked about device, I had the opportunity to use the device for the first time.

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Let us know have a look at the detailed review of Asus’ latest flagship device the Asus Zenfone 3 :

Design and Display

Asus Zenfone 3 is a premium looking extraordinarily beautiful device. It looks extremely beautiful and definitely way more expensive than its actual cost thanks to its glass finish on the back and chamfered aluminum body.

The Phone comes with a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass panel on top. The display is amazing and is very bright with wide viewing angles and slim bezels. The thing with slim bezels is the that even a 5.5-inches device is very comfortable to hold.

On the front its all screen with 3 touch sensitive android buttons at the chin of the device which unfortunately are not backlit. Above the screen, there is a speaker grille. On the right side of the speaker grill are the sensors and front facing camera, while a notification LED sits on the left of the speaker grille.

On the left of the device, there is a hybrid slot while the power button and the volume rocker are located on the right side. The physical button has a decent tactile feedback.

This phone comes with a jack (pun intended). The 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the top along with the secondary microphone. The primary microphone, speaker grille and USB type C charging port is located at the bottom.

You can also find 2 thin antenna lines on the top and bottom of the phone each. On the glassy back you can find the 16 MP primary camera module sitting in between the laser focus and the dual tone led flash. A rectangular fingerprint scanner is located just below the camera setup. Asus branding can be found on the lower back side of the phone.

Asus Zenfone 3 camera bump

The camera bump on the back is quite thick. While Asus claims that a sapphire glass protects the camera module but I was always worried that it may get scratched during my usage.

Specifications and Features

Asus Zenfone 3 is powered by 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. You get 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. The Phone supports a micro-SIM and a Nano-SIM card. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, 3G and 4G. The cellular reception was really strong and call quality was crystal clear. Asus is also offering 100GB of free cloud storage space for two years, in collaboration with Google.

Storage on Zenfone 3

The phone runs on Android 6.0 out of the box and is powered by a 3000mAh nonremovable battery. It weighs around 155 grams and doesn’t feel heavy at all while holding the phone. Fingerprint sensor was fast and accurate. I didn’t have a single instance of it failing to unlock the device.

A lot of effort has gone into the UI design and one can notice a lot of improvements in overall UI performance. However, my biggest complaint with Asus has been the preloaded apps. They are just way too many. I’ve listed the pre-installed apps here. 35 pre-installed apps is an overkill.

  • ASUS Game Center
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Backup
  • Puffin Browser
  • Instagram
  • AudioWizard (Equalizer)
  • Calculator
  • Camera
  • Clock
  • Contacts
  • Do It Later (Todo List)
  • Facebook
  • Facebook messenger
  • File Manager
  • Flashlight
  • FM Radio
  • Gallery
  • Go2Pay
  • Laser Ruler
  • MiniMovie
  • Mobile Manager
  • MyASUS
  • PhotoCollage
  • Quick Memo
  • Share Link (WiFi file transfer)
  • Sound Recorder
  • Splendid (Screen calibration)
  • System Update
  • Themes
  • Truecaller
  • Weather
  • Web storage
  • ZenChat
  • ZenCircle
  • ZenFone Care
  • Need For Speed – Game
  • The Sims – Game

What will a user do with 3 browsers on a smartphone ?? Asus Zenfone Max and Asus Zenfone Max 2016 had the same problem but thanks to 4GB RAM present here it doesn’t affect the performance much.

The ZenUI, still heavily customized, does have some nifty features like long press the app switch button to take a screenshot,Customizable “ZenMotion” touch gestures , Tap to wake/sleep and a built-in App locker.

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I've always been interested in Gadgets and stuff around technology. I got hooked to Android when I bought my first Android Smartphone around 2008/09. Mobile technology has been my first priority ever since. Other than technology I also enjoy Photography, watching movies and socializing with my friends and family. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

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