Asus launched its Zenfone 3 on 17th August in India. Zenfone 3 comes in two variants, one with 5.2 inch display, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and the other with 5.5 inch display, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The phone is available on Flipkart at a price of Rs. 21,999 and Rs. 27,999 respectively for the two variants. Let us take a look at the Pros & Cons and Common Queries about the Asus Zenfone 3, 4GB variant.

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Pros

  • Premium build and design
  • 5.5 inch display
  • FHD resolution
  • Android Marshmallow
  • 4GB RAM/64GB ROM
  • Good camera
  • Fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • Unreasonable price
  • Average battery

Asus Zenfone 3 Specifications

Key SpecsAsus Zenfone 3 (4GB)
Display5.5 inch Super IPS+ display
Screen Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0
Processor 2.0 GHz Octa core processor
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
Memory4GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 64GB
Storage UpgradeYes, up to 256 GB
Primary Camera16 MP with dual tone LED Flash
FHD Video recordingYes
Secondary Camera8 MP
Battery 3000 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual
Weight155 grams
Dimensions152.6 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm
Price Rs. 27,999

Question- How is the Design and Build Quality?

Answer – The Asus Zenfone 3 has a premium build with aluminum back and metal frame on the sides. It has a 2.5 D corning gorilla glass on the front and rear. It has a 5.5 inch display with 77.3 % screen to body ratio.

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Question – How is the Display Quality ?

Answer – Zenfone 3 (4GB variant) features a 5.5 inch Super IPS+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the top. The screen resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD) and pixel density is 401 ppi. Moreover, it comes with 500 nits brightness and bluelight filter for eye care.

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Question – What is the hardware used inside?

Answer – Zenfone 3 is powered by a 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor with Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset. It comes in two variants, one with 3 GB RAM / 32 GB ROM and the other with 4 GB RAM / 64 GB ROM. The internal memory is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card.

Question- Which GPU is used in this handset?

Answer – Adreno 506

Question – What are the Camera Specifications?

Answer – Zenfone 3 is equipped with a 16 megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX298 sensor, 6 element lens, OIS, EIS, f/2.0 aperture and 0.03s auto-focus. It features Geo-tagging, face detection, panorama and HDR. It supports 4K UHD video recording. On the front, it has a  8 MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

Question – Does it support Full-HD Video-Recording?

Answer – Yes.

Question- How is the camera performance on Zenfone 3?

Answer – Camera performance is at par with the expectations according to the specifications.

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Question – What are the battery specifications ?

Answer – It is backed by a 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery that is non-removable.

Question – Does it support Fast charging?

Answer – Yes it comes with fast charging support.

Question – What all do we get in the box ?

Answer – Handset, Charger, USB cable, Earphones, Extra buds and User manual.

Question – Will it come in more than one variants?

Answer Yes, it comes in two variants : one with 5.2 inch display, 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM and the other with 5.5 inch display, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM.

Question- Does Zenfone 3 Have Dual SIM Slots?

Answer – Yes

Question – Does it have a 3.5 MM audio jack?

Answer – Yes

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Question – Does it have a USB type C port?

Answer – Yes

Question- Does the Zenfone 3 Have microSD Expansion option?

Answer – Yes, up to 256 GB.

Question – Does it have a dedicated microSD slot?

Answer – No, it has a hybrid SIM slot.

Question- Does the Zenfone 3 support Adaptive Brightness?

Answer – Yes

Question- Which OS version, type runs on the phone?

Answer – It runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0 on the top.

Question – Are navigation keys backlit?

Answer No, navigation keys are not backlit.

Question – What are the connectivity options ?

Answer – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v 4.2, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, Infrared port, USBv2.0 and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.

Question – What are the sensors on board?

Answer – Sensors on board include Fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro sensor, proximity&ambient light sensor and compass.

Question- How much RAM was free on first boot?

Answer– 2.4GB of RAM is free on the first boot out of 4GB.

Question- How much storage was free on first boot?

Answer– Out of 64GB, 53.14GB is free on first boot.

Question- What are the benchmark scores of Zenfone 3?

Answer

Benchmark AppBenchmark Scores
Quadrant37136
Geekbench 3Single Core- 931
Multi-Core- 5197
AnTuTu (64-bit)61914

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Question – What are the dimensions of the phone?

Answer – 152.6 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm

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Question- How much does Zenfone 3 weigh?

Answer – 155 grams

Question- Can you move apps to SD card on the Zenfone 3?

Answer – No you cannot move apps to SD card.

Question- Does it have LED notification light?

Answer – Yes

Question- Does the Zenfone 3 offer theme options to choose from?

Answer – It does not come with pre-installed themes but you can install third party themes from the play store.

Question- How is the Call quality?

Answer- The call quality on Zenfone 3 is very good. I was impressed with the type of voice clarity and connectivity it offered.

Question- What Color Variants are Available for Zenfone 3?

Answer – It is launched in black, white and gold colors, but at the time of writing this article it is available in only two colors that are black and gold.

Question- Does it support VoLTE?

Answer – Yes

Question- Is there any offer with the device?

Answer – Yes, it comes with Flipkart exchange offer with up to Rs. 15,000 off on exchange and no cost EMI offers.

Question- Does It Support Tap Wake up Commands?

Answer – Yes,

Question – How was the gaming performance?

Answer- Gaming on this phone is smooth. I played Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 regularly for hours and tried to find some issue with the gaming performance. But in the end I have no complaints regarding the gaming performance on this device.

Question- Does  Zenfone 3 have heating issues?

Answer – No it does not have heating issues initially but we’ll keep testing it and come up with our final verdict in the full review.

Question- Can the Zenfone 3 be connected to a Bluetooth Headset?

Answer – Yes

Question- Mobile Hotspot Internet Sharing Supported?

Answer – Yes

Question- When the phone will be up for sale? 

Answer- It is available on Flipkart.

Conclusion

Asus Zenfone 3 is priced at Rs. 27,999. At this price it will compete with phones like Oneplus 3 in the same price segment and phones like LeEco Le Max 2 which comes at a lower price. Overall, the Asus Zenfone 3 is priced a little high as compared to the specifications it offers. But still due to the premium build, good display, good brand value, and a better marketing strategy and offers, it will surely give the other competitors a run for money.