Asus ZenFone 3

7.9/10 AVG.
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7.9/10
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The Asus ZenFone 3 currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Bright, detailed display
  • Excellent camera
  • Ample storage
  • Dual SIM or microSD support
  • All-day battery life
  • Quick Charge 3.0

What's bad

  • Confusing variants
  • No NFC support
  • Slow Wi-Fi speeds
  • Resolution too low for optimal VR use

The mid-tier mobile market is particularly competitive in the past year. Despite this, the Asus ZenFone 3 hopes to make a splash. While the ZenFone 2 received great reviews, this brand is still relatively new to the mobile market.

Does their latest release have what it takes to keep users happy? Reviews are in and we’re bringing you the good and the bad on the ZenFone 3!

NOTE: Before we get started, it’s important to note the sheer army of variations available for the ZenFone 3. For this summary, we’re focusing on the standard model. The entire ZenFone 3 series is a bit confusing and specs differ greatly between each. If you're not sure which is best for you, the link above offers an easy way to compare the different models before researching!

The glass and metal design of the ZenFone 3 had many reviewers speaking with nostalgia of the Samsung Galaxy S6. While it’s not the freshest design in 2016, reviewers had no complaints. Android Pit said, “In general, the ZenFone 3 is a seductive smartphone but it’s not original. Its top of the range design will please the public.”

The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner stood out to reviewers--both for its unusual rectangle shape and the multi-function options available in the software. It will also take pictures, launch apps or perform other tasks.

The 5.5-inch 1080p Super IPS+ panel on the front of the phone received rave reviews. PC Advisor UK noted, “It's bright (up to 600 nits) and clear (with a full-HD resolution of 1920x1080, 401ppi), with rich colours and strong viewing angles.” The only complaint found was that the resolution was low for VR use. While a few reviewers mentioned color accuracy, software features make it simple to tweak colors to your liking.

The phone’s eight-core Snapdragon 625 processor is far from the top of the benchmark lists. However, performance reviews were good as well. Even during heavy gaming, reviewers made no mention of lag or stuttering. A few reviewers noted slightly higher temperatures during extended use.

The phone initially shipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Updates to 7.0 Nougat are available, so be sure to check for updates if you purchase this phone. Regardless of the Android version, you’ll also find Asus’ ZenUI skin. Reviewers had no problems with the visual aspects of the skin. However, many complained about the notifications created by the pre-installed bloatware.

With 64GB of memory, you’ll have plenty of room to store your media or install apps even with the bloatware. Should you need more space, you’ll must choose between dual SIM functionality and microSD expansion.

One of the most touted features by Asus turned out to be a reviewer favorite as well. The 16MP rear camera blew reviewers away with its point-and-shoot simplicity. Phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization and a larger f/2.0 aperture made for consistent shooting in a variety of lighting and action scenarios.

Mobile Syrup tried the phone for two weeks and said, “In my ideal world, I point, click and the photo comes out looking great. The Zenfone 3 delivers on that dream.” They were just as fond of the 8MP front-facing lens, saying, “Like the rear-facing camera, the selfies were of the same great quality, even managing to make the beautification mode common to Androids look a little more realistic than most.”

With a 3,000mAh battery and Quick Charge 3.0 support, reviews indicate the phone offers a great experience with little worry about topping off throughout the day. Should you need to, a full charge only takes 1.5 hours.

The only concerns mentioned in reviews were a lack of NFC and slow Wi-Fi speeds. While speeds were not slow enough to prevent video streaming or other important functions, transferring large files over Wi-Fi might take longer than expected.

Overall, reviews were positive. They even loved the price. VR Zone summed up opinions well, saying, “Stylish and powerful, the ZenFone 3 comes highly recommended for users on a budget.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


AndroidPIT

Last year, Asus succeeded in surprising me with the ZenFone 2. This year, it’s still the case. The ZenFone 3 is an accomplished smartphone that will please the public. The Taiwanese manufacturer has succeeded in achieving the higher standard that they wanted to reach this year. The phone has m...

- Pierre Vitré, AndroidPIT
Make Use Of

If you can put up with the look and feel of ZenUI, this is phone is an amazing value. However, if you’re really committed to having the newest version of Android and just can’t stand ZenUI, you should hold off.

- Riley J. Dennis, Make Use Of
Notebookcheck

Asus has created a designer piece with its ZenFone 3. The mid-range smartphone looks considerably more expensive than it actually is.

- Manuel Masiero, Notebookcheck
Tech Advisor

The ZenFone 3 is a good all-round mid-range phone with decent performance and some nice extras under £300, but also a fair amount of bloatware. It's quite an update on the ZenFone 2, and definitely worth considering as an upgrade.

- Marie Brewis, Tech Advisor
Mobile Syrup

The Zenfone 3 is far from a flawless device — it looks outdated and bland, it’s got a skin filled with bloatware and its performance is nothing to write home about. However, in the areas where it excels, it truly makes its mark.

- Rose Behar, Mobile Syrup


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Common Questions


Asus released the ZenFone 3 on July 12, 2016.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Asus ZenFone 3 user manual here.


Asus backs up the ZenFone 3 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5.5"

The Asus ZenFone 3's screen size is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo) operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery.

ZenFone 3 Specs

Overview
Release date July 12, 2016
Regions available Canada, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.493 W/kg
Body: 1.46 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Sapphire Black, Moonlight White, Shimmer Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.7 x 0.8 cm (6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 155 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Glove touch, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Exposure, HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Additional Sensors: Fingerprint sensor
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Critic Reviews


AndroidPIT

From strength to strength

from AndroidPIT

Last year, Asus succeeded in surprising me with the ZenFone 2. This year, it’s still the case. The ZenFone 3 is an accomplished smartphone that will please the public. The Taiwanese manufacturer has succeeded in achieving the higher standard that they wanted to reach this year. The phone ha...More

Last year, Asus succeeded in surprising me with the ZenFone 2. This year, it’s still the case. The ZenFone 3 is an accomplished smartphone that will please the public. The Taiwanese manufacturer has succeeded in achieving the higher standard that they wanted to reach this year. The phone has many advantages: premium design, good camera performance, a great screen and excellent battery life.

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Make Use Of

An extremely well-designed phone

from Make Use Of

If you can put up with the look and feel of ZenUI, this is phone is an amazing value. However, if you’re really committed to having the newest version of Android and just can’t stand ZenUI, you should hold off.

Read full review

If you can put up with the look and feel of ZenUI, this is phone is an amazing value. However, if you’re really committed to having the newest version of Android and just can’t stand ZenUI, you should hold off.

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Notebookcheck

Premium looks while keeping performance and configuration in mind

from Notebookcheck

Asus places a very stylish, 5.5-inch smartphone at the starting line that also convinces with inner values. With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor and 4 GB of RAM, the ZenFone has plenty of power that will be enough for all up-to-date applications and games. Furthermore, features like...More

Asus places a very stylish, 5.5-inch smartphone at the starting line that also convinces with inner values. With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor and 4 GB of RAM, the ZenFone has plenty of power that will be enough for all up-to-date applications and games. Furthermore, features like a very bright and viewing angle stable, Full HD panel and a 16-megapixel camera that shoots satisfactory photos are also present. The good configuration also includes LTE, a dual-SIM slot, a Type-C reversible USB port including Quick Charge technology, and a fingerprint scanner. The latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which Asus covers with the new version of its ZenUI interface, rounds off the successful package. The long battery life and low temperature development during use should not be left unmentioned.

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Tech Advisor

The ZenFone is back with a fancy new design

from Tech Advisor

The ZenFone 3 is a good all-round mid-range phone with decent performance and some nice extras under £300, but also a fair amount of bloatware. It's quite an update on the ZenFone 2, and definitely worth considering as an upgrade.

Read full review

The ZenFone 3 is a good all-round mid-range phone with decent performance and some nice extras under £300, but also a fair amount of bloatware. It's quite an update on the ZenFone 2, and definitely worth considering as an upgrade.

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Mobile Syrup

The best mid-range camera experience

from Mobile Syrup

The Zenfone 3 is far from a flawless device — it looks outdated and bland, it’s got a skin filled with bloatware and its performance is nothing to write home about. However, in the areas where it excels, it truly makes its mark.

Read full review

The Zenfone 3 is far from a flawless device — it looks outdated and bland, it’s got a skin filled with bloatware and its performance is nothing to write home about. However, in the areas where it excels, it truly makes its mark.

Read full review

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The Mobile Indian

Finally a good looking Asus phone

from The Mobile Indian

The Zenfone 3 (3GB RAM) model is an all-rounder for sure and it doesn't have much loopholes to complaint. Asus should also be congratulated for moving away from its older curvy and plastic design. But those who are not confident of handling a glassy device or do not like complex interfaces, should stay away from this.

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The Zenfone 3 (3GB RAM) model is an all-rounder for sure and it doesn't have much loopholes to complaint. Asus should also be congratulated for moving away from its older curvy and plastic design. But those who are not confident of handling a glassy device or do not like complex interfaces, should stay away from this.

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TechPP

Greater than the sum of its parts

from TechPP

If you seek a good-looking compact device with great sound, a good display and good battery life, this has got to be one of the better options out there at its price point.

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If you seek a good-looking compact device with great sound, a good display and good battery life, this has got to be one of the better options out there at its price point.

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VR-Zone

An aesthetic and affordable shooter

from VR-Zone

For $498, it’s almost certain that the ZenFone 3 is a steal and you will unlikely find another phone just as good at this price. The ZenFone 3 is truly a worthy successor of the ZenFone 2. Stylish and powerful, the ZenFone 3 comes highly recommended for users on a budget.

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For $498, it’s almost certain that the ZenFone 3 is a steal and you will unlikely find another phone just as good at this price. The ZenFone 3 is truly a worthy successor of the ZenFone 2. Stylish and powerful, the ZenFone 3 comes highly recommended for users on a budget.

Read more: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-zenfone-3-review-aesthetic-affordable-shooter/114569.html#ixzz4LcBhWij7

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