Asus Zenfone 3 Laser (ZC551KL)Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser (ZC551KL)
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magic score62.879.8
PriceRs. 18,999 onwardsRs. 16,899 onwards
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Launch Date (India)Oct, 2016Sep, 2016
Display FeaturesIPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass Display, Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 3), Bluelight Filter for Eye Care, Supports Glove TouchIPS LCD, Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4), 2.5D Curved Glass Display
Processor1.5 GHz1.6 GHz
Processor NameQualcomm Snapdragon 430Exynos 7870
GPUAdreno 505Mali-T830MP2
RAM4 GB3 GB
Internal Memory32 GB16 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GBup to 256 GB
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)GSM+GSM
Thickness7.9 mm8 mm
Weight150 gm167 gm
Battery Capacity3000 mAh3300 mAh
Battery Talktime (3G)20.00 hrs21.00 hrs
Other Battery ParametersWeb Browsing (WiFi) Time: 15 hrs, Video Playback Time: 12 hrsInternet Usage Time (3G): 12 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): 15 hrs, Internet Usage Time (Wi-Fi): 16 hrs, Video Playback Time (Hours): 14 hrs, Audio Playback Time (Hours): 84 hrs
Editor's Note [Positives]
  • Nice, all-metal, understated 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
  • Well designed - the metal body and the 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass spread across the front, give it a premium feel
  • Rounded sides make it comfortable to hold
  • The fingerprint scanner is generally quick and easy to use
  • Very good display - bright and vivid with decent sunlight legibility - great for watching videos and games
  • Comes with Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top of Android, which is now lighter than before, and works well
  • Useful new features include S Power Planning (battery management) and S Secure (privacy), apart from Ultra-data saving mode and S bike mode
  • Good all-round performance - handles almost everything you throw at it - including heavy games, and multi-tasking
  • Decent rear and front cameras under daylight conditions - most of the shots taken by the smartphone have decent colours and are crisp - and the handset is able to lock focus quickly
  • Good loudspeaker
  • Good audio quality
  • Decent battery life - lasts a day with moderate use
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 strictly middling and falls significantly behind other top phones at this price level
  • Low light camera performance could have been better
  • The fingerprint scanner works well mostly, but can be iffy at times
  • Tends to crash/heat-up occasionally when put under stress
  • Lacks support for quick charging (which is present in some of its competitors)
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