The recently launched Asus Zenfone 3 is a stylish and chic looking device. Compared to its predecessors, Asus has ditched the rugged looking plastic body for a premium glass body. The tempered 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass for rear and front gives the device a smooth textured feels, which we felt was so delicate that we were afraid of it slipping from our hands. But of course it has the Gorilla glass protection from scratches. Weighing 155 grams with 6.16mm metal frame, this smart phone is sleek and lightweight. It sports a 5.5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution. We tried playing few videos and games on this devices and the image was crystal clear.
It’s not just about good looks; the Zenfone 3 also offers a few interesting specs. The 16 megapixel primary camera comes with PixelMaster 3.0, Sony IMX298 sensor, six-element Largan lens, optical and electronic image stabilization. It also has a combined TriTech auto-focus which includes the laser, phase detection and continuous auto-focus. The end result of all these features is a smooth, quick and steady camera function. The pictures were sharp and bright, even during low light photography. The front camera of 8 megapixels also did an impressive job with the selfies. It comes with a beautification mode along with panorama mode for groupies and low light mode for selfies in the dark. It also comes with 4K video recording.
The Zenfone 3 runs on AsusZenUI 3.0, which is based on the Android 6.0. It is powered by 2.0Ghz, Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB RAM. The internal storage of 64 GB is expandable up to 2 TB via MicroSD card. But the catch here is the hybrid slots, which means you can either accommodate two SIM cards or one SIM and a memory card. But we feel that 64 GB is good enough to store most apps. Keeping up with the current trend, the Zenfone 3 features the latest Type C USB port, along with a 3.5mm audio jack. The 4G device packs a decent life with 3000mAh non removable battery.
The AsusZenfone 3 is priced at Rs 21,999. If you aren’t too tight on budget and looking for a smart phone that is visually appealing as well as a decent performer, this might be a good choice.