Asus has launched three new smartphones, the Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Ultra and Zenfone 3 Deluxe along with a 2-in-1 called Transformer 3 Pro alongside the Zenbook 3. Out of the three devices, the Zenfone 3 is the cheapest and it comes with decent specifications as well. It has a 5.5-inch Full HD display and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. It is priced at $249 for the 3GB and 32GB internal storage variant.
Specifications of Asus Zenfone 3:
- Display: 5.5-inch Full HD Super IPS+ display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
- Processor: 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm processor with Adreno 506 GPU
- RAM and Storage: 3GB of RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory with microSD
- Camera: 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, PDAF, Laser AF, f/2.0 aperture, 6P Largan lens, 4 Stop OIS and an 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture, 88-degree wide-angle lens
- Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Zen UI 3.0
- Connectivity: 4G LTE with VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac (2.4 and 5GHz) MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C
- Battery: 3000mAh
If you are looking to purchase the Zenfone 3 check out the following questions and answers which we have listed out to help in clearing all your doubts to help in deciding whether to purchase the Zenfone 3 or any of its alternative competitors.
What is the display size and how is it?
The Display size on Zenfone 3 is 5.5-inch Full HD Super IPS LCD having 401 ppi. It really adds to the overall look of the phone which quite pleasing and gives good bright colors and decent contrast and saturation with good viewing angles. It supports Adaptive Brightness as well.
Does the display on Zenfone 3 have protection?
Yes, the Zenfone 3 comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection not just on the front but also on the back of the device with 2.5D to give it a smooth a rounded finish.
How is the Build quality of Zenfone 3?
It is a massive improvement from the earlier Zenfone 2 variants with a metal frame all around and the front and back having 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass giving it a smooth finish and feel to hold the device in hand. At the price range, it is one of the best-looking devices in the market.
How is the performance of the Zenfone 3?
The Zenfone 3 comes with Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and it is a decent upgrade from the previous generation Zenfone. Giving good performance, we will be giving you the detailed performance update in the Review.
Does the Zenfone 3 heat on usage?
As with all Glass covered phones, there will be a slight heating issue which can be felt. But it was nothing excessive which cannot be handled and unmanageable.
How is the Rear and Front Camera on Zenfone 3?
The rear camera is a 16MP shooter equipped with Laser Autofocus and the front is an 8MP camera.
Can you record 4K Videos with the Zenfone 3?
Yes, you can record 4K Videos on the Zenfone 3
Can we Play 4K Videos on Zenfone 3?
No, as the display resolution is justFull HD you can play the videos only in 1080p resolution
Does the Zenfone 3 have LED notification?
Yes, the Zenfone 3 comes with an LED notification light
Which OS version is available on Zenfone 3?
The Zenfone 3 runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS based Zen UI 3.0 which has been launched alongside giving many new features to the device.
What is the battery capacity and how is the battery life?
The Zenfone 3 sports a 3000mAh battery and the detailed battery performance will be updated in the review
Does the Zenfone 3 have Power saving feature?
Yes, it comes with a uilt0in power saving more
Does the Zenfone 3 support Fast Charging?
Yes, it comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Does it support USB OTG?
Yes, you get USB OTG support on the device
Does the Zenfone 3 support VoLTE?
Asus has sent out and update which makes the Zenfone 3 support 4G VoLTE now. (It was not available on launch)
What are the Network Bands or Frequencies supported by Zenfone 3?
It supports the following GSM – 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz along with 3G or WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 2100 and 4G LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 40(2300).
What are the color options available in Zenfone 3?
It comes in Sapphire Black, Moonlight White, and Shimmer Gold variants.
What is the price of Zenfone 3?
It is available at $249 which is in the mid-range and is pretty competitively priced
Asus Zenfone 3 Pros:
- Premium build quality
- Good display
- Latest Marshmallow OS with Zen UI 3.0
- 64GB internal storage with microSD card support
- Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
- USB Type-C reversible connector
Asus Zenfone 3 Cons:
- The battery capacity could have been better than 3000mAh
- No Single Handed use feature
- The Glass Nack shows is a Fingerprint magnet
Do let us know if you have any other doubts which we can clarify to help you choose the device and to decide if this is the perfect phone for you in your budget and the features which you require.