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Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Review: Laser Auto Focus Camera with Simple Body Design

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Asus Zenfone 3 Laser (ZC551KL) is the latest flagship smartphone released by the company. Asus has a history of introducing the handsets with the great features within the lower pricing segment. Earlier, Asus has come up with the Zenfone 2 Laser, and it seems the company is looking forward to implementing the same tradition, for releasing the next line-up Zenfone 3 Laser. When compared with the pricing segment, this phone gives the competition to Xiaomi’s Mi5 and other smartphones. Check out the complete review of Asus Zenfone 3 Laser.

Design

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser comes in the 5.5-inch display with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Zenfone 3 Laser’s body is designed with the mix of glass and metal. This handset goes with the simpler design rather than going with the fashionable design. Although the complete body of the phone is metallic built, you don’t feel heavy when you hold it. There is the Asus branding on the back of the phone at the bottom. There are two strips on the bottom and top of the device.

On the up front of the device, you can notice the standard sensors along with the 8 MP front-facing camera. There are capacitive buttons right below the display. These buttons arrive with the backlit, and we feel easy and comfortable to use.

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On the right side of the device, you can notice the volume rockers along with the power button. These buttons are well placed and handy to use.  The left side of the phone comes with sim tray. The headphone jack is placed on the top of the phone, which is more convenient. But it is not placed at the center; it is placed left side on the top. The fingerprint sensor can be observed on rear-end and right below the camera of the phone. The micro USB is placed at the bottom of the phone which is common for the smartphones these days.

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Display

Display

The Zenfone 3 Laser has remarkable 5.5-inch Full HD display. As we can say, smartphones these days are with 5.5-inch size, which is common and people are used to it. The resolution comes with 1920 x 1080 pixels and great viewing angles. The screen to body ration is 77% on the phone. With good and wide screen size the display is packed with the details along with decent brightness.

As mentioned earlier, it comes with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display. It helps the display screen of your phone from scratches. On having the Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the device has enhanced scratch resistance power and also reduced scratch visibility and better strength.

Processor

Heading to the Processor segment, Zenfone 3 Laser is having 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 on the board. This Octa-Cores distinguished as 4 Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz and rested 4 Cortex cores are A53 clocked at 1.5 GHz. With the perfect balancing of these cores, performance and battery of the phone is enhanced. For effective working of the phone, it is arrived with Adreno 505 GPU.

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The RAM of this phone is with 4GB on the board which is equivalent to the processor. With the given RAM, it lets the users perform multi-tasking. You can experience smooth operations when you access multiple applications. Switching between the apps is convenient, and lag is not observed on using it. When you play, go with high-end gaming, the phone gets heated. For example when you play the games like Asphalt, Modern Combat, and more you can feel the heat at a panel of the phone. So normal gaming is good, and continuous gaming leads to the heating. The benchmark statistics of this phone are impressive according to the performance and all.

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Gaming

But when considering the pricing segment, under 20K you can expect not better than this. Asus Zenfone 3 Laser has given the decent performance scores within the given price range, and it is acceptable with the results.

Camera

As you all know, this phone is the Zenfone 3 Laser successor of the Zenfone 2 Laser. The particular thing about this phone is laser autofocus camera. The primary camera of the phone comes with a 13-megapixel camera with different technologies. This handset is included with the EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) for the video recording and super-fast focus speed.

Focusing the subjects on a mobile phone is the toughest thing, but you can focus quickly on the subjects using the Zenfone 3 Laser. The images captured on this phone are decent, and the details of the subjects are good. But having the device with the built-in laser focus, the image quality is just good which should not to be faced. The focus time and the shutter speed are good when the user captures the pictures which worked well in this segment.

The secondary camera or the front facing camera is with 8 Megapixel with the f/2.0 aperture. The photos captured with this camera gives the good results which are good for taking the selfies. It supports up to 84-degree field of view not only selfies, capturing groupies are made easy with this.

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Camera

Some of the features on this camera are Selfie Panorama, Beautification mode which is the default, Auto, Night mode, GIF Animation, HDR Pro and Low Light capturing.

OS and Software

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is pre-installed and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with the Asus ZenUI 3.0 which is the brand new interface added with the intelligence. The best hardware needs the best software for effective and efficient performance.

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The features that can be experienced with the ZenUI are Real-time animated weather and clock widgets, Tailor your phone to your liking, see your world in motion, ZenMotion-Tap and swipe just the way you liked and optimized your mobile experience. The home screen, app launcher, icon packs, themes are completely customizable. This OS is the Brand new interface with added the intelligence.

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser UI

Apart from the operating system, the phone is pre-installed with few applications. Only some of the apps are useful, and yes you can uninstall those apps.

Features

Zenfone 3 Laser is having the features like fingerprint sensor, Dual Sim support and more. The fingerprint sensor is perfectly positioned on the phone at rear-end. Unlocking the phone with a fingerprint sensor is done in a fraction of seconds’, i.e., 0.3S is the unlock time which is very responsive. It supports five fingers and 360-degree recognition. Another thing to be noticed is, it has the app integration support for the fingerprint sensor.

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Fingerprint

You can swipe down your fingertip on the sensor to initiate the selfie camera and tap your fingertip to capture the image. This acts as the secondary shutter button on your phone which is very helpful. You can even answer the incoming calls with the double tip tap. By registering the fingerprints up to 5, you can quickly launch the apps.

Battery & Connectivity

The battery on this phone is equipped with non-removable 3,000 mAh capacity and life of the battery is decent. This phone doesn’t support the fast charging which is the major back drop for the given price range. But when compared to the Snapdragon 617 processor, the power efficiency has increased 35%.

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser comes with the 4G LTE support, and other connectivity options are Wi-Fi with the version number 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1 and GPS. The phone is sported with the hybrid Sim slot which is quite uncomfortable, but it is becoming the standard. You will be confused when you have to choose between Storage expansion and Dual sim capability.

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Pros

  • Stylish and Premium Design with Slim and light weight.
  • Front Camera Quality is good and Rear camera is decent.
  • Less Heating issues (Not on Heavy Gaming)
  • Decent Battery Backup over 4G Usage.

Cons

  • Hybrid SIM
  • The processor could have increased.
  • Lack of Fast Charging
Verdict

As per the price range of Rs. 19,999.00 these are the best features any company can include and Asus did it with the decent price segment. The camera, design, fingerprint sensor and battery are the assets of this smartphone. But after considering lag of some common features within the price range like Fast Charging and more, you have to consider the pricing. So it’s better to wait for the price drop. Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is now available on Flipkart for the discount price, and you can even avail the bank cashback offer for this phone.

Asus ZenPad Z10 Tablet Launched with 9.7-Inch Display and 4G LTE Support, Check Specs, Features and Price

Asus ZenPad Z10 Tablet Launched with 9.7-Inch Display

Asus has recently announced the company’s latest Tablet ZenPad Z10 (ZT500KL). This tablet comes with US operator Verizon Wireless. ZenPad Z10 is large when compared with the ZenPad Z8 which had released in June. The display comes in 9.7-inch QXGA size with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution. This tablet is powered by hexacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC.

ZenPad Z10 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow along with ZenUI. It has 3GB of RAM, and the internal storage comes with 32GB. It has MicroSD card slot and supports for expandable memory up to 128GB. Coming to the camera segment the primary camera comes with 8-megapixel and 5-megapixel on front-facing camera. It also supports the Video recording.

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The audio system in this tablet comes with Dual stereo speakers and DTS-HD audio. This tablet has the 4G connectivity, and other connectivity options are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C. It comes with 7800 mAh huge battery. Now a days, USB Type-C is becoming common feature in gadgets.

Asus ZenPad Z10 Specifications
  • Display:     9.7-inch IPS display
  • Processor:     Hexa-Core Snapdragon 650 and Adreno 510 GPU
  • RAM:        3GB RAM
  • Storage:    32GB storage, expandable up to 128GB with microSD
  • Operating System:    Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow along with ZenUI
  • Camera:    8MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera
  • Connectivity:    4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C
  • Battery:     7800mAh

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Asus ZenPad Z10 is available in Slate Gray color variant and priced at $329.99 (Rs.22,040 approx.). It will be available exclusively on Verizon retail store starting from October 13, 2016.  The users who are willing to buy this tablet can also avail the contract offer, starting at $13.74 per month for 24 months.

Asus Unveils its New Zenbook UX410 Laptop

Asus to announce Zenbook UX410

Asus to launch a new addition to its laptops range, with its new Asus Zenbook UX410 . It is expected to be a size of a laptop with 13.3 inches or smaller. With slimline design, the Asus Zenbook UX410 sports display of 6 mm bezels on the left and right sides which are a bit thicker than Dell’s XPS 13 laptop.

Asus Zenbook UX410 has a webcam above the display unlike Dell’s XPS 13 which has it below. This will be a major one because Dell’s light and thin laptops are found to be excellent in many ways. One odd thing is that user’s knuckles will be shown up when you type while using the webcam for video chat or web conferencing. There is also few other problem apart from the camera angle.

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Spotted by Notebook Italia for the first, Asus Zenbook UX410 web page found work in progress. The specs sheet for the one model doesn’t have weight or the dimension of the laptop. However, the information is inconsistent, as some pics show a laptop with thicker bezels. Company’s description reads the notebook has a 13.3-inch screen.

“The all-new ZenBook UX410 brings you elegance, sophistication and superb performance in a gorgeously slim and light design. Crafted from solid aluminum and featuring our iconic spun-metal Zen-inspired finish, ZenBook UX410 is a mere 18.95mm thin. And its travel-friendly weight of just 1.6kg means taking it with you is never a burden, and using it is always a pleasure with its crisp, clear 14-inch wide viewing angle display and 6mm slim bezel,” mentioned in the description.

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Coming to the specs, the notebook will be available in Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 kaby Lake Processor variants. The gadgets may roll out with RAM up to 8GB and a solid state storage of 512GB or 1 TB. 14-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution is also expected to take place in the device.

Another model with NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics may be held in the series. It is unclear at the moment about the availability of the new laptops and the looks in reality when compared to the pictures on the website. Summing up, Asus Zenbook UX410 is worth keeping an eye on.

Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe Price Specs, Features and Overview

Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe

Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is another smartphone from the Zenfone 3 series going to be launched on August 17, 2016. Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is the smartphone which is high-end smartphone when compared with the other two phones in the Zenfone 3 series.

Walk-through with the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe specifications

Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe comes with 5.7-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD Super AMOLED display with 100% NTSC colour Gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass4 protection. The phone is included with Quad-Core Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU.

Coming to the storage segment the phone will be available in 3 variants 64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage, and it can be expandable with the external microSD. The phone is embedded with the 6GB of RAM which enhances and boosts the performance phone speed, and the gaming experience can be outstanding. This Zenfone 3 Deluxe is pre-installed with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Zen UI 3.0.

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The camera segment is not compromised, and it comes with the 23MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash and Sony IMX318 sensor. The other features in the camera section are f/2.0 aperture, 6P Largan lens, 4-axis Optimal Image Stabilization (OIS), 3-axis EIS and Laser Auto-Focus. The front camera gives the stunning and sharp images with the 8MP, 85-degree wide-viewing angle camera and f/2.0 aperture.

Fingerprint sensor in included in rear-end and near to the camera will help in unlocking the phone with super-fast and less than a blink. This is supposed to come with the Hybrid Dual SIM (micro+nano/microSD).

The Zenfone 3 Deluxe weighs about 170g which is less in weight when compared with the other two phones. This supports the network band 4G LTE with VoLTE, and other connectivity features are WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB 3.0 Type-C.

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The other features in the audio segment are Dual Five-magnet speakers, NXP smart amplifier, Hi-Res Audio (HRA). The phone comes with the 3000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and Boost Master Fast Charging mode.

Asus sets the Plan to release Zenfone 3 series in India on August 17: Price, Specs, Features Overview

Asus Zenfone

Asus sets plan to make launch for their new latest smartphone Zenfone 3 series at the Z3 evolution event on August 17, 2016, in India. In this Zenfone 3 series, they are launching three new smartphones Asus Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Ultra and Zenfone 3 Deluxe.

Earlier in the month of May at the Computex event, all these smartphones were introduced. These three smartphones in the Zenfone 3 series comes with the 1080p displays and have the fingerprint recognition in rear-end.

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Walk through the specifications of the Asus Zenfone 3

Asus Zenfone 3 is one of the smartphones from the Zenfone 3 series which is going to take part in the launch that is going to happen on August 17 in India. This Asus Zenfone 3 comes with 5.5-inch with Full HD Super IPS+ display (1920 x 1080 pixels). The display has 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

The phone is ingrained with 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm processor along with Adreno 506 GPU.  3GB of RAM enhances the performance, and that boosts multi-tasking and other variant comes with 4GB of RAM.

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In a similar way storage segments are classified in Asus Zenfone 3.  3GB of RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, and this can be an expandable memory with microSD.

The phone is pre-installed with Android 6.0 Marshmallow along with Zen UI 3.0. Hybrid Dual Sim comes in this phone which supports Micro SIM or Nano SIM/ MicroSD card. The phone supports connectivity supports 4G LTE with VoLTE.

The camera of Asus Zenfone 3 comes with 16 Megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, and other features are PDAF, Laser Auto Focus, f/2.0 aperture and four axis Optimal Image Stabilization is available on this phone. The front facing camera comes with 8MP with f/2.0 aperture. This front facing camera is having great viewing angle of 88-degree wide-angle lens.

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The phone has Fingerprint sensor which helps in unlocking phone so quick. The weighs about 155g which is slightly heavy when compared with the other smartphones. The Asus Zenfone 3 will come with the USB Type-C, and the battery capacity of the device is 3000mAh.

Earlier when the phone is launched in Taipei, Asus Zenfone 3 was priced at $249.00 which is roughly Rs. 16,800.

Walk through the specifications of the Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra is the next smartphone in the lineup of the launch. This smartphone Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra have some extra specifications when compared with the previous model more over some advanced specs. Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra arrives in 6.8-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with 95% NTSC colour gamut.

Zenfone 3 Ultra will be available with the Octa Core Snapdragon 652 processor which is the combination of the Quad 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A72 and Quad 1.2GHz A53 CPUs with Adreno 510 GPU.

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The phone Zenfone 3 Ultra is available with different variants with sizes of the RAM, 3GB/ 4GB and in following way the internal storage details are available 32GB/ 64GB/ 128GB. The storage is expandable by including external MicroSD card.

The Zenfone 3 Ultra is pre-installed and comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Zen UI. Jumping to Camera segment of Zenfone 3 Ultra, 23 MP rear camera which gives you stunning and sharp images with dual-tone LED flash and Sony IMX318 sensor. The key features in the camera segment are 4-axis axis Optimal Image Stabilization and the 3-axis EIS along with the Laser Auto-Focus.

The front facing camera is not compromised, and it comes with the 8MP with the f/2.0 aperture and 85-degree wide viewing angle which gives the best images and the selfies.

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The Hybrid Sim management is included in this Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra smartphone. The phone comes with the fingerprint sensor recognition which helps quick unlocking your phone less than the blink of an eye. The phone weighs about 233Gms which is bit heavy.

The phone have Dual Five-magnet stereo speakers which gives best audio output with clear quality and other features in audio segment are NXP smart amplifier, Hi-Res Audio (HRA). The phone comes with 4600 mAh and battery Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, and Zenfone 3 Ultra comes with the USB 3.0 Type-C port.

The price of Zenfone 3 Ultra has priced at $479.00 roughly Rs. 32,200 in India. These are expected prices from previous release in other country. You can wait for official announcement by company at the launch.