Asus Zenfone 3 Laser (ZC551KL)

price Rs. 16,999 onwards launch Oct, 2016
current magic score ?
68.3
verdict BUY
good value-for-money
currently ranked
#12
of 94 phones in Rs. 15,000 - 20,000

phonecurry editor's note based on opinion across 6 expert review(s)

WHAT WE LIKED
  • 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

WHAT WE DIDN'T
  • 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

6 expert review(s)


457+ user reviews

video review

source: @Techniqued
OS
Smartphone OSAndroid 6.0
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.5 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • IPS LCD
  • 2.5D Curved Glass Display
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)
  • Bluelight Filter for Eye Care
  • Supports Glove Touch
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • RGB Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor1.5 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
GPUAdreno 505
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3000 mAh
Battery Talktime (3G)20.00 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Web Browsing (WiFi) Time: 15 hrs
  • Video Playback Time: 12 hrs
Dimensions
Weight150 gm
Thickness7.9 mm
Camera
Camera13.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • Sony IMX214 Sensor
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 1/3" Sensor Size
  • Geo-tagging
  • Smile Detection
  • Face Detection
  • 5P Lens
  • Laser Auto Focus
  • Dual LED Flash
  • EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) for Videos
  • 6 Direction EIS compensation
  • 32 second Long Exposure
  • Blue Glass IR Filter
  • Back Light (HDR) Mode
  • Low Light Mode
  • Manual Mode
  • Real Time Beautification Mode
  • Super Resolution Mode
  • Night Mode
  • Depth of Field Mode
  • Photo Effect Mode
  • Selfie Panorama
  • Selfie Mode
  • GIF Animation Mode
  • Slow Motion Mode
  • Time Lapse Mode
Secondary Camera8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • Auto Focus
  • Back Light (HDR) Mode
  • Low Light Mode
  • Real Time Beautification Mode
  • Panorama Selfie Mode
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • ASUS SonicMaster 3.0
  • WiFi Direct
  • PhotoCollage
  • MiniMovie
  • Themes
  • Game Genie
  • ASUS WebStorage: 5GB free for life
  • Google Drive: 100GB free space (2 years)
Note: All brand quality factors listed below are already taken into account (with appropriate weightage) when calculating the magic score for a phone!
brand rating
3.13/5
(Average)
average phonecurry internal rating for phones launched by this brand in the last 12 months
brand perception
Good
brand perception among consumers, based on surveys
service quality rating
Good
service & support quality rating, based on user surveys