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Asus ZenFone 3

Asus ZenFone 3
alaScore 93

187 reviews

Dec, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 187 reviews of Asus ZenFone 3. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Opinions about the price and design are on the whole positive. The usability and size are also appreciated.

performance, size, usability, design, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Asus ZenFone 3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Manuel Masiero (notebookcheck.net)

Asus ZenFone 3 ZE552KL Smartphone Review

 

Designer piece. Asus has treated the 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 to premium looks while keeping performance and configuration in mind. The outcome is a good and affordable mid-range smartphone that hardly exhibits any shortcomings in the test.

high-quality build ; fingerprint sensor ; very bright Full HD panel ; Android 6.0 ; USB Type-C port ; LTE and dual-SIM ; long battery life ; decent camera ; Quick Charge 3.0

poor WiFi performance ; LTE not at full speed ; lots of bloatware ; no App2SD ; no NFC ; Android keys not backlit

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...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Aloysius Low (cnet.com)

Asus ZenFone 3 review

 

After two generations of plastic phones, Asus is finally returning to its premium roots. The ZenFone 3 houses midrange specs in a beautiful body that's surprisingly affordable. With a starting price of $249 for the model with 32GB of onboard storage --...

Asus' latest ZenFone 3 packs a premium design and materials into a brilliant, affordable phone.

Its cluttered user interface nags you with notifications until you turn them off. The glass rear is also a fingerprint magnet.

The ZenFone 3's beautiful looks, premium build and satisfying camera give it an advantage over other inexpensive phones -- it's worth your time and attention.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Pierre Vitré (androidpit.com)

Asus ZenFone 3 review: from strength to strength

 

After the popular ZenFone 2, Asus made a comeback with a third device. This time, the Taiwanese manufacturer has opted for a more high-end design and is now rolling out the Android Nougat 7.0 upgrade to the Asus Zenfone 3. Just like the previous...

In-house manufacturing quality ; Bright screen ; Good camera ; Great battery life

Bloatware ; A thick design ; A high price

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...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: Rose Behar (mobilesyrup.com)

Asus Zenfone 3 review: The best mid-range camera experience

 

I'll admit it: I wasn't expecting much from the Asus Zenfone 3.

Excellent camera ; Long-lasting battery life ; Large internal storage

Too much bloatware ; Underwhelming processing power ; Bland design

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Scott Adam Gordon (androidpit.com)

Hands-on Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe review: a Snapdragon 821 powerhouse

 

It's IFA 2016 and we've had a chance to go hands-on with the new Asus flagship. This metallic handset is part of a trio of upcoming Asus handsets, boasting 6 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 821 processor in the more expensive variant. But does it offer...

In my brief time with the Zenfone 3 Deluxe, I was impressed. The device body is sophisticated, the display delivers and its camera was beyond my (possibly unfairly low) expectations.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Liu Hongzuo (hardwarezone.com)

ASUS ZenFone 3 review: The sexy mid-range phone to get

 

The new ZenFone 3 is out and ASUS has priced the model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage at S$498. Can this mid-range phone justify its asking price and just how much has the ZenFone evolved from the previous generation? Find out in our full review here.

Stylish physical design ; First phone to use a Snapdragon 625 ; Good value for performance ; Long battery life

Minimal software upgrades

The ASUS ZenFone 3 is an excellent all-round successor to the ZenFone 2 series. It has a highly attractive physical design for its price point, and it runs well for a sub S$500 smartphone. We also liked it because of how much the ZenFone has progressed...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Cat Thomas (pocket-lint.com)

Asus Zenfone 3, Zenfone Deluxe and Zenfone Ultra preview: Three-way attack on phone market

 

Asus has stealthily been building up quite the smartphone following over the past two years since it launched the Zenfone series.

May, 2016

Expert review by: Marie Black (techadvisor.co.uk)

Asus ZenFone 3 review

 

The Asus ZenFone 3 has a lot going for it as a mid-range Android, including an interesting new design. Read our ZenFone 3 review to find out more.

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.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Alastair Stevenson (trustedreviews.com)

Asus Zenfone 3

 

Since Motorola threw down the gauntlet with its original Moto G, smartphone makers have been embroiled in a price-slashing war. As a result, we've seen all manner of fantastic value-for-money handsets appear, such as the OnePlus 3, Nexus 6P and Moto Z...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Aloysius Low (cnet.co.uk)

Asus ZenFone 3 review

 

After two generations of plastic phones, Asus is finally returning to its premium roots. The ZenFone 3 houses midrange specs in a beautiful body that's surprisingly affordable. With a starting price of $249 for the model with 32GB of onboard storage --...

Asus' latest ZenFone 3 packs a premium design and materials into a brilliant, affordable phone.

Its cluttered user interface nags you with notifications until you turn them off. The glass rear is also a fingerprint magnet.

The ZenFone 3's beautiful looks, premium build and satisfying camera give it an advantage over other inexpensive phones -- it's worth your time and attention.

Aug, 2016

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2650 / 3000 / 4100 / 4130 / 4600
Battery performance:2650 / 3000 / 4100 / 4130 / 4600
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) / Polymer
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):18
Continuous video playback time:15
Standby time (3G):384 / 446.4 / 720
Talk time (3G):20 / 25.4 / 32.8

Call Management

Auto-redialing: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera aperture number:2 / 2.2
Front camera resolution (numeric):5 / 8
Geotagging: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Y / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):16
Maximum frame rate:24 / 30
Night mode:Y / Yes
Optical sensor size:1 / 3
Rear camera aperture number:2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13 / 16 / 23 / 32
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@30fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 3840x2160@30fps / 1280x720@30fps,1920x1080@30fps,3840x2160@30fps
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:8
Second rear camera aperture number:2
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):3840 x 2160
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 720p, 1080p / 720p, 1080p, 2160p / 720p,1080p,2160p
Video stabilizer:Y / Yes
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Body SAR:1.46
Body SAR (EU):1.46
Head SAR:0.493
Head SAR (EU):0.493

Design

Brand color:Aqua Blue / Moonlight White / Sapphire Black / Shimmer Gold
Color of product:Black / Black, Blue / Blue / Gold / Grey / Pink / Silver / White
Fingerprint reader:Y / Yes
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:400 / 600
Display Diagonal:5.2 / 5.5 / 6.8
Display number of colors:16 million colours / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Screen shape:Curved edge screen / Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:3 / 4

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

FM radio:Y / Yes
Speakers:Mono

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
BeiDou:Y
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900 / 900,1900,850,1800
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM / EDGE,GSM / EDGE,GSM,HSCSD / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:900,1900,850,2100
3G standards:CDMA,DC-HSDPA,HSPA+,TD-SCDMA,WCDMA / CDMA,WCDMA / DC-HSDPA,HSPA+,WCDMA / DC-HSPA+,HSPA+,WCDMA / TD-SCDMA,UMTS,WCDMA / WCDMA
4G:Y
4G bands supported:700,900,1900,2600,800,1700,2100,850,1800
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 EDR / 4.1 / 4.2
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card capability:Dual SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM + NanoSIM / NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB / USB Type-C
Headset included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Performance

Flight mode: Yes
Graphics:Adreno 505 / Adreno 506 / Mali T720
Graphics adapter:Adreno 505 / Adreno 506 / Adreno 510 / Mali T720
Microphone mute: Yes
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Menu, Themes, Widgets
Support for contact groups: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:Micro-USB / USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0

Processor

64-bit computing:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Processor:430 / 625 / 652 / MT6737
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor boost frequency:1.5 / 2.33
Processor cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Mediatek / Qualcomm / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.25 / 1.4 / 1.8 / 2
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:430 / 625 / 652 / MT6737
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Processor special features

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Smart Idle Technology:Y
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:6.0 / Android 6.0 + ASUS ZenUI 3.0 / Android 6.0 + ZenUI 3.0

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:3 / 4 / 4096
Internal RAM type:LPDDR3
Internal storage capacity:32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:128 / 2000 / 2048 / 32
RAM capacity:2 / 3 / 4
RAM type:LPDDR3
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Color: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.303 / 0.311 / 0.337 / 2.91 / 2.99 / 3 / 3.05 / 3.7 / 5.78 / 6.01 / 7.34
Height:0.268 / 0.303 / 0.311 / 0.327 / 2.91 / 2.99 / 5.79 / 5.89 / 6.01
Weight:5.08 / 5.22 / 5.29 / 5.47 / 6.17 / 8.22
Width:2.9 / 2.91 / 3.05 / 3.7 / 5.78 / 5.87 / 5.96 / 6.01 / 7.34