ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe Review

ASUS has launched the ZenFone 3 smartphone subsequent to the launch of the ZenFone 2 series in 2015. For staunch fans of the phones, the new series has something for everyone; let us see how the ZenFone 3 Deluxe fares.

Asus Zenfone 3

Smartphone specifications

Heralded as the new flagship phone from ASUS, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe has a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED full HD (1080p) display with a pixel density of 386ppi, and a screen to body ratio of 79 percent which offers a fair amount of real estate on the screen and less bezels on the sides of the body. It is being touted as the world’s first full metal, seamless unibody phone with an invisible antenna design, and the sleek looks of the phone are testimony to the fact. A bonus? No visible plastic components on the phone!

The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with a 6GB RAM, and between 64 – 256GB of internal storage. This does provide adequate storage, and given these specs, you can expect the phone to support multiple apps at one go, without slowing down the performance. It runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and is equipped to handle the Android Nougat update (for when it launches).

Let us now look at the camera, a feature most of us give a fair amount of weightage to. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe houses a 23MP primary camera, with a range of shooting modes including Super Resolution, Manual and Panorama. It has a dual-tone LED flash and a laser autofocus module, as well as 4-axis optical image stabilisation. Now while all this may sound mighty impressive, the camera does a decent job at best – it really is nothing to write home about. Ditto the front camera, an 8MP offering, which gives adequate results under good lighting conditions. You can also choose to modify your selfies using the ‘beautification mode’, which works fairly well.

On the battery front, the phone comes equipped with a 3000mAh battery, along with Quick Charge 3.0 support to enable faster charging. However, it still takes the good part of an hour to fully charge the phone. On the upside, once charged, the battery can easily last up to a day and a half with regular usage.

It also comes with other high-end smartphone features such as the USB Type-C port with USB 3.0, 3.5mm audio jack, and a dual 5 magnet speaker which gives good sound output. A hybrid SIM slot provides 4G support. The fingerprint sensor on the rear of the phone can manage 360-degree recognition, and registers up to five fingerprints.

 

Asus Zenfone 3

The Verdict

A lot more was expected of this phone, and while there definitely are pros to some of the features (stylish design, plus light for a phone of its size), there are some others that could have done with possibly more attention to detail. When it comes to the pricing (approximately Rs. 63,000), you are left with no option but to consider other smartphones within the same category before making that all-important purchase decision.

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Picture courtesy – asus.com


by techtalks @TechTalks March 15, 2017 10:42 AM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

Lionel Gurjao

Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

Shivendra Singh

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

Q5 blackberry

Alhassan A Bukar

Nice

Ishwar Maradi