ASUS Zenfone 3 Laser priced at Rs 18,999; smartphone is smooth and fast

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Published: December 12, 2016 6:47:57 AM

The ZenFone 3 Laser is a smooth and fast phone with good build quality and a decent line-up of specs

Whether you want the latest high-end Android smartphone, or a mid-ranger that gives you a huge bang for your buck, Asus has just got what you are looking for. In August this year, this Taiwan-based firm introduced its latest ZenFone 3 range of smartphones, making India one of the first countries to have access to the new line-up of smartphones. We recently got the ZenFone 3 Laser for a product evaluation: Let us check out some of its key features and performance.

The ZenFone 3 Laser (ZC551KL) is Asus’ latest offering from the ZenFone 3 range that offers high-end specifications at an affordable price tag, starting at Rs 18,999.

It is available in two colours—Glacier Silver and Sand Gold. Design-wise, the device looks appealing to the eye. It has an aluminum alloy body that is finished with a finely sandblasted matt surface and features gently rounded corners and edges. This premium material not only makes the phone look sophisticated, it is also makes it more durable.

When it comes to display, ZenFone 3 Laser has a 5.5-inch, full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS panel, which is apt for extensive multimedia usage—watching movies, playing games or just surfing the internet. The display also has a special feature—a Bluelight filter which, when activated, reduces blue light emissions by up to 30%, thereby reducing eye fatigue. This becomes especially useful during long sessions of gaming or reading. The phone also has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which allows for quick and convenient 0.3-second unlocking and authentication, with the capacity for registering up to five different fingerprints.

Probing the innards, the ZenFone 3 Laser has a top-notch spec sheet. With its massive 4 GB RAM, multitasking becomes easier, and running heavy apps is a breeze. A Snapdragon octa-core 64-bit processor, along with the 4 GB RAM, offers more than adequate performance levels for any consumer. The phone also has a 3000 mAh battery, that lasts long enough for even the most exhaustive user.

On the camera front, there’s a better-than-expected 13 MP/ 8 MP (rear + front) camera. There’s the next generation PixelMaster 3.0 with a 13 MP sensor, large f/2.0-aperture lens and 0.03 seconds laser auto-focus.

The device also has the capability for electronic image stabilisation (EIS) to create blur-free videos. The second generation laser focus system on the phone has a range of 1.5 meters, which is said to be twice the distance of other laser focus systems.

What I really liked is its colour correction sensor; this automatically adjusts the resulting colours in the photograph, making it look pretty natural.

During its two-week review period, the ZenFone 3 Laser came across as a fast device with no observable screen lagging. For a mid-ranger, I must admit that the performance is quite good. Movies and videos can be played in good quality with its sharp high definition display. If you haven’t got the money to spend on a high-end device, then the ZenFone 3 Laser is the one to get.

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