Asus Zenfone 3 Laser (ZC551KL)  Motorola Moto Z Play  
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser (ZC551KL)Motorola Moto Z Play
magic score65.178.6
PriceRs. 18,999 onwardsRs. 24,999 onwards
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Launch Date (India)Oct, 2016Oct, 2016
Smartphone OSAndroid 6.0Android 6.0, Expected upgrade to 7.0
Display FeaturesIPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass Display, Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 3), Bluelight Filter for Eye Care, Supports Glove TouchSuper AMOLED, Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass)
Processor1.5 GHz2 GHz
Processor NameQualcomm Snapdragon 430Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPUAdreno 505Adreno 506
Camera13.0 MP16.0 MP
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)Yes (4K)
Secondary Camera8.0 MP5.0 MP
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GBup to 2 TB
FM RadioYes
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)GSM+GSM
Thickness7.9 mm6.99 mm
Weight150 gm165 gm
Battery Capacity3000 mAh3510 mAh
Battery Talktime (3G)20.00 hrsN/A
Other Battery ParametersWeb Browsing (WiFi) Time: 15 hrs, Video Playback Time: 12 hrsMixed usage up to 45 hrs
Editor's Note [Positives]
  • Nice, all-metal design
  • Despite featuring a 5.5-inch screen, the ZenFone 3 Laser fits relatively easy in one hand
  • Good full-HD IPS display - good color reproduction, rich blacks, good brightness level, decent sunlight legibility, wide viewing angles
  • ZenUI interface has improved over time and the latest version is lighter, cleaner, and uncluttered
  • Decent overall speed/performance
  • Good rear camera - has a fast (laser) focus, captures good amount of detail, and has decent colour reproduction
  • Does well with low-light conditions too
  • Video recording performance is also good with the electronic image stabilisation (EIS) feature coming in handy
  • The front camera is also decent and takes selfies quickly
  • Fast, accurate fingerprint scanner
  • The speakers are loud enough
  • Bundled earphones are decent for music quality with minimal distortion at higher volumes
  • Decent battery life - is able to last a day with moderate use
  • Solid build quality
  • Beautiful metal-and-glass design
  • Water-repellent nano-coating on the phone's surface
  • Excellent implementation of the modular accessory system, just like its bigger brothers - the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force - which makes this phone truly versatile and offers an affordable entry point into the Moto Mods ecosystem
  • When it comes to expanding the functionality beyond what a traditional smartphone is capable of doing, no other system or implementation does it better than Moto Mods!
  • Compatible with all existing Moto Mods (battery life extender, projector, camera mods etc)
  • Beautiful, bright AMOLED display, with wide viewing angles and punchy colors
  • Mostly stock Android UI, which will appease the Android purists
  • Good speed/performance in daily use
  • Good call quality
  • Very good, speedy fingerprint sensor
  • Outstanding battery life - comfortably one of the best in the business
  • Turbo charging support (full recharge time of about 110 minutes)
  • Good rear camera that captures detailed images, especially in good lighting conditions
  • Good front-facing camera too - produces a pleasant level of sharpness to accompany its solid details capture
  • On the whole, even without any Mods, the Moto Z Play is a complete package and offers good value - the mods are the icing on the cake
Editor's Note [Negatives]
  • The edges of the Micro-USB port and the two screws on the bottom are a bit sharp
  • The display is a fingerprint magnet and you will need to clean it from time to time
  • Although the UI itself is light, the phones comes loaded with plenty of bloatware including Asus's own apps like Themes, Photo Collage, Mini Movie, ZenCircle, ZenSync, Weather, Do It Later, Game Genie, ZenFone Care, and Cover
  • The ZenFone 3 Laser, unlike other ZenFone 3 smartphones, doesn't support fast charging
  • The overall speed/performance is middling and falls significantly behind other top phones at this price level
  • Gaming performance is not the best in class
  • Camera has longer exposure times when shooting photos under low light
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