Asus has a vast range of both premium and budget smartphones and at regular intervals, they launch new models to cover the vast choices of peoples in a smartphone. The Asus Zenfone 3 Laser ZC551KL is a product that follows the same legacy of Asus to full fill the people demands. It is a third generation smartphone of the Asus Zenfone series. Asus is also no longer focused on budget phones, they are looking forward to captured the consumers those preferred phones like Apple, LG, and Samsung; the Asus Zenfone 3 Delux & ASUS Zenfone 3 ZE520KL is the proof of that. But right now here we have Asus Zenfone 3 Laser. A while ago we have reviewed Asus Zenfone 3 Max (review) which is known for its overall good features and battery backup. Asus Zenfone 3 Laser ZC551KL price in India is Rs 16,999.
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser Design and Body review
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser design is almost similar to Zenfone 3 Max, it flaunts a 5.5-inch IPS full HD display (1920x1080p) with 2.5D curved glass along Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front side. The bottom side of the display uses for capacitive touch navigation buttons while the above is same as the most of Asus phones: a camera, ear speaker, and sensor. Due to all metallic body, the look and feel of the Zenfone 3 Laser is premium. Asus has polished the body using the hyperfine sand-blasting technique to give its luxurious look and feel.
At the back side, there are two silver color antenna lines running across top and bottom. The rear camera protrudes from the back along dual LED flash and laser autofocus emitter. The fingerprint sensor is rear mounted just below the camera. The right side of the phone possesses power and volume button, while the left side is for hybrid SIM slot. The top features the 3.5mm audio jack while the bottom has a standard Micro-USB port and speaker grille.
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser Display review
Asus ZenFone 3 has IPS display panel that comes in 5.5-inches full-HD (1080×1920-pixel). The color it produces is same like other ASUS phone display panels which are vibrant and can reproduce colors really well. The brightness level is good including rich blacks. The phone has inbuilt feature through which you can adjust the color temperature. Text and images look crisp. The legibility of display under direct the Sunlight was decent and we didn’t have any trouble while using it outdoors. Even the viewing angle was great and three persons can easily share the screen to watch a movie, video, or any other multimedia content. Also like ZenFone 3 Max, the ZenFone 3 Laser features a blue light filter that could protect your eyes from glare. Overall the Zenfone 3 Laser’s display is good, crisp and bright, we don’t have a complaint with it.
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser Camera review
Asus’s PixelMaster 3.0 along Laser autofocus helps a lot in capturing the life moments quickly and easily. The phone packed with a 13MP f/2.0 camera at rear including laser autofocus. The images it captured are perfect for day to day usage or Instagram. The camera output in daylight condition produces decent quality images along vibrant contrast and quick autofocus. The images also show rich detailing and natural colors without any noise but the low light images were not impressed us much. On zooming the images we did find some noise & grains at the corners.
The front camera also clicks decent selfies and can enhance them using beautification feature. The interface of the camera app is easy and gives lots of options such as Super Resolution, Low-light, QR Code, Manual, HDR Pro, Beautification, Night, Depth of the field, Effect, Selfie, GIF animation, Panorama, Miniature, Time rewind, Slow motion, or Time Lapse. All these modes are common in Asus Zenfone 3 series and prove handy in mobile photography.
The camera laser autofocus is focused in just 0.03 seconds as the company claims, in reality, it is not that much fast but focused pretty fast and proves beneficial during close-up shots. The phone has electronic image stabilization (EIS) feature and can record 1080p videos.
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser Camera Samples
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser performance and Software: Great for handle daily tasks
To deliver the good performance the Asus ZenFone 3 Laser has an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, with integrated Adreno 505 graphics and 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM. For storage, 32GB of built-in storage is there that can expand up to 128GB using external microSD card at hybrid SIM card slot.
If you talk about software part the Asus ZenFone 3 Laser runs on ZenUI 3.0 on the top Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Zenfone 3 Laser software customization and features are similar to ZenFone 3 Max and you can read more about it in our review of the ZenFone 3 Max. There are lots of pre-installed apps on the phone some of them useful to you and some may be not such as Themes, Photo Collage, Mini Movie, ZenCircle, ZenSync, Weather, Do It Later, Game Genie, ZenFone Care, and Cover, Amazon Shopping, Saavn, TripAdvisor, Instagram, Amazon Kindle, and Facebook.
Although it does not use the most powerful processor but its simple hardware configuration is enough to handle the daily tasks. We hadn’t found any lag during our usage. Yes, if you are using it with lots of apps running in the background you may feel some sluggishness. The games like Asphalt 8, NFS runs smoothly without any glitches and heating issues. As it has the complete metal body you may notice slight warmness during charging, gaming, and video recording at 10180p.
Coming to its fingerprint sensor which is now become a common need for smartphone users. The scanner responds well and successfully unlocked our device 8 out of 10 times. The speakers are enough loud both ear and a music one.
The Asus ZenFone 3 Laser benchmark scores are:
- AnTuTu: 43,140
- Quadrant: 23,956
- GFXBench: 15fps
- 3D Mark Ice Storm Extreme: 5,570
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser Battery Review
The phone features a non-removable lithium ion 3000mAh battery that can go for more than 16 hours for a moderate user. The moderate users mean a person with few hours calling flow, the internet, photography, YouTube and social apps.
The phone is backed by a 3000 mAh battery that can last for a day with moderate usage, approx more than 16 hours. In our video loop test, it lasted for 5 hours and 14 minutes while playing video over YouTube with full brightness and sound. The ZenFone 3 Laser doesn;t support fast charging feature so you have to wait about 2 hours to get the fully charged phone.
If you are camera enthusiast and want some good camera phone at around 18000 then the Zenfone 3 Laser could be a good choice. But you can consider the Zenfone 3 Max with better battery and almost similar features. Also, if you consider the Zenfone 3 Laser price wise then it would be a little bit difficult for it to stand around Rs 20,000 for the current smartphone market.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser ZC551KL Detailed Specs Information