Asus launched its Zenfone 3 Series in India, this month, on 17th August. The company launched a total of 4 phones in the Zenfone 3 series namely the Zenfone 3 laser, Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Ultra and Zenfone 3 Deluxe.

Zenfone 3 was launched 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. In this article we will take a look at Unboxing and Quick review of the Zenfone 3, 4GB variant.

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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

Also See: Asus Zenfone 3 (4GB) FAQ, Pros & Cons, User Queries and Answers

Unboxing

Asus Zenfone 3 comes packed in a decent rectangular box with the Zenfone 3 logo in the center. On the back it has the briefing about the specifications of the phone. Once you open the box, you will get the handset that is placed over other accessories.

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Box Contents

Inside the box, it contains the following contents:

  • Handset
  • Charger
  • USB cable
  • Earphones
  • Extra buds
  • User manual

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Physical Overview

The Asus Zenfone 3 comes with a premium build with aluminum back and metallic frame sides. It has 2.5 D corning gorilla glass protection on the front and the back. It features a 5.5 inch display with 77.3 % screen to body ratio. Its dimensions are 152.6 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm which is pretty slim; and it weighs around 155 grams which is quite light considering a 3000 mAh and a 5.5 inch display. The phone comes in Black, white and gold colors. Overall the Zenfone 3 has a very premium look and feel.

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Let us take a look at the phone from different angles.

Front Top features a loudspeaker grill, Proximity and Ambient light Sensors and front camera.

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At the bottom there are 3 navigation keys

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On the right side there is a volume rocker and the power button.

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On the left there is a SIM and microSD tray

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On the top there is a 3.5mm audio jack and secondary mic.

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On the bottom edge there is a USB type c port, primary mic and speaker grill

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Display

Zenfone 3 features a 5.5 inch Super IPS+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the top. It has a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD) and a pixel density of 401 ppi. It comes with 500 nits brightness and bluelight filter for eye care. The viewing angles are nice and the outdoor visibility is also good.

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Camera Overview

Asus Zenfone 3 is equipped with a 16 megapixel rear camera with the latest Sony IMX298 sensor, 6 element lens, OIS, EIS, f/2.0 aperture and ultra fast 0.03s auto-focus. The rear camera is protected by a sapphire glass protection that is  resistant to scratches and damage. It features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and HDR. It supports 4K UHD video recording.

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On the front it is equipped with a 8 MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture. It also supports Full HD video recording.

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Gaming Performance

Zenfone 3 comes with a hardware that looks good enough on paper, if you want to play high end games on it. But as you know, we never believe it until we experience it. So I decided to play Asphalt 8 on this phone with high graphic settings, full volume and brightness.

During the gameplay of 60 minutes, I did not experience a single hiccup or lag. It was showing minor frame drops when I disconnected the Wi-Fi and switched to cellular data but I am not counting that. As far as heating is concerned, I was really impressed as it did not even get warm until 30 minutes of continuous play. But after an hour, it has a mild warmth but it was gone in once I started using it in an air conditioned room.

I plyaed Asphalt 8 for 60 minutes and the battery drop was 17%. The maximum temperature reached up to 39 degree Celsius. 

Benchmark Scores

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

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Conclusion

Asus Zenfone 3 has a premium build and design, 5.5 inch display, good display quality, FHD resolution, gorilla glass 3 protection, latest OS, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera and a fingerprint sensor. It has a hybrid microSD slot and 3000 mAh battery that is just enough for one day of normal usage. The phone is priced at Rs. 27,999 which makes it a little overpriced as compared to its competitors. The phone would look more attractive if it is priced aggressively.