Asus, the Taiwanese gadget maker, seems to be a launching spree in India. Over the last few months, the device manufacturer has launched various models from its 2016 flagship series Zenfone 3. Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is one more phone from the series which was first launched in Vietnam in June last year. The device comes with a 4GB RAM with a 64-bit Octa- core CPU. As with its predecessor in Laser series, this gadget is also a camera-centric device with ultra-fast laser autofocus of 0.03s. The device is one of thinnest smartphone out in the market with just 7.5mm in thickness.
Zenfone 3 Laser: Design & Hardware
The device features a metal unibody design with a fingerprint scanner on the rear. Zenfone 3 Laser sports a 5.5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution and a 2.5D curved screen protection. Below the display are the three screen buttons. Power off and Volume buttons are placed on the right side of the device. Overall the design is almost similar to its siblings in the Zenfone 3 series. The device is 4G compatible with dual-SIM support. Powered by a Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 processor which clocks at 1.4 GHz it is supported by 4GB RAM. The earphone jack is fixed at the top of the gadget while the Micro USB slot is placed at the bottom of the phone. The device comes in colour variants gold and silver.
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Software: Laser as with the other Asus smartphones comes with Zen UI 3.0 skin on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The user interface is more or less similar to other phones in Zenfone 3 family. As with its siblings, even this gadgets comes with multiple themes and icon packs for users to customize the phone. The inbuilt Zen Apps which consumes a lot of memory and may frustrate some users.
As earlier said the device is a camera-centric smartphone. The device sports a 13 MP camera on the rear and a 8 MP front selfie shooter camera. The device comes with Asus Pixel Master technology. On super resolution, pics can be taken up to a resolution of 52MP. The Deep Trench Isolation Technology and the Color Correction sensor helps one to take realistic pics. The real-time HDR feature is another add-on. The device scores pretty good marks on all aspects of the camera. See the pics here
The gadget comes with a 3000 mAh battery which is typical for smartphones with the said specifications. Once charged users can seamlessly use the smartphone for a day or so. The inbuilt power saving options help you to increase the battery life even longer.
Zenfone 3 Laser was initially priced at INR 19,999 which is a high price for a gadget with the given processor. Currently, the device is available for INR 16,999 which is a decent price. If you are camera freak and are looking for a great camera smartphone but can compromise on other features like processor, this is a good phone to go with. Although the processor is not a great one, we didn’t have issues with using the gadget. The price of the device is justified because of the great camera and its features. Undeniably the device faces stiff competition from Oppo A57 and Vivo V5 which you can check before taking a decision.