Build and Design
Zenfone 3 Laser sports 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass display with an all aluminum body which has made device feel premium. You’ll immediately realize it when you hold the device. We’ve reviewed the Zenfone 3 Max a while ago, the Zenfone 3 Laser comes with same design & build quality. Weight of Zenfone 3 laser is 150g which feels really light in-hand.
The display panel at front is big 5.5″ display. Below the display, there are back, home and recent apps keys which are not backlit. On the lower side, there is a speaker, charging port (which isn’t USB-C) and microphone. On the top, yes, there is 3.5mm headphone jack, and on the right, you’ll find the power and volume keys. On the left, there is a hybrid sim card tray, which supports dual-sim 4G connectivity. On the back side, it features rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and laser auto-focus, with fingerprint sensor and the Asus logo on the bottom side. The display looks sharp and color quality is also good. The display is bright enough for viewing in direct sunlight.
Performance, Battery Life
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser sports 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor with clock speed of 1.4GHz and an Adreno 505 GPU. It has 4GB of RAM and has a 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. Storage available out of the box from 32GB is 23.53GB.
The device supports one micro-SIM and other nano-sim (or microSD card). Both the sim can support 3G and 4G connectivity. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow on top of Asus’ ZenUI 3.0. Asus has improved the ZenUI a lot since the inception of it, there are some notable features introduced in ZenUI 3.0 like Real-time animated weather and clock widgets & Mobile Manager which Asus define as one-stop tuning shop to keep your Zenfone running at maximum speed.
The Zenfone 3 Laser performs well while running regular tasks. There were no hiccups while multitasking/browsing. Games can also able to run smoothly without any kind of issues. Device did get little warm after long gaming and while recording 1080p videos, but it wasn’t that much uncomfortable at all. The fingerprint sensor does its job greatly. But sometimes it doesn’t work; you’ve to unlock it via pin/pattern you’ve set. The sound from speaker and headphones was decent. The 3000 mAh battery performs well as it always had at-least 15 percentages left at the end of day. The Zenfone 3 Laser doesn’t support fast-charging, it took me approximately 3 hours to charge fully via provided charger.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser has 13 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash. It can record up to 1080p video. There are lot of capture modes to choose from to enhance the shots. The main feature of this particular device is that it has laser autofocus which helps to focus on a specific object in about 0.03s as claimed by Asus. We clicked some sample images with Zenfone 3 Laser, few of them you can see below.
In my opinion, camera performs well in day-light but in some low light conditions, it struggles to capture details. Talking about video, can able to record good looking videos and stabilization is also good. Here’s a sample video recorded from Zenfone 3 Laser.
There’s an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture. Images from front camera looks great and it manages to capture colors properly. But again in low light, front camera is also struggling to capture details; here Asus needs to improve it.
Final Thoughts on Asus Zenfone 3 Laser
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser performs well and has a great camera. The design does give a premium feel, but it seems little overpriced to me. There are some devices in the market which offers better processor than one comes with Zenfone 3 Laser, as near same price point. It doesn’t mean that I’m not recommending this device, but It would be better if Asus priced it little lower.