• Display: 5.5-inch (FHD)
  • Processor: Qualcomm SnapDragon 625
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB expandable with microSD
  • Operating System: Android 6.0.1
  • Camera: 16MP (rear), 8MP (front)
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 77mm x 7.69mm
  • Weight: 155g
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Aesthetics
  • Cons:
  • Slippery glass back
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Icestorm Unlimited: 13,851 points
  • 3DMark Icestorm Extreme: 8,164 points
  • 3DMark Icestorm: Maxed out
  • PC Mark Work: 5,621 points
  • Antutu: 61,095 points

Style In The Palm Of Your Hand

Smartphones are no longer just a piece of plastic or metal to send message and make calls, in this time and age it has become more than just that. Phones have become cameras, daily planners, alarm clocks, gateway to the internet, and even a fashion statement. You’ll find it hard pressed to find a person in this modern age without one in their pockets or hands at all times.

ASUS made a statement with the Zenfone 3, telling the masses that you can have style and substance at the same time without compromise. Sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and 4GB of RAM, this phone is definitely more than capable of satisfying an avid mobile user. Not to mention a whopping 64GB of built-in storage that would most likely be enough for even the most hardcore of phone photographers. Fret not though; if you have a trigger finger, the phone supports storage expansion through microSD to up to 2TB.

The phone also features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display and a 2.5D glass that gives the phone a little more depth visually. Colours are great and vibrant while text are crisp and easy to read, making it one of our favourite phones to read novels or e-books on despite a screen size that can’t compete with a tablet. The phone is encased in Corning Gorilla Glass which prevents your phone from getting scratched easily, but because of that the back of the phone which is encased in class tends to be slippery, not one for those with slippery fingers.

Putting that aside, the phone is a beautiful piece of hardware, definitely something a fashionista would love to have. Fashionistas also need a camera to take pictures of their latest garments, and the Zenfone 3 does not disappoint with a 16MP f/2.0 rear camera that supports a slew of shooting modes. Shots taken by it and the 8MP f/2.0 front camera come out great even when in low-light conditions, but it would have been nice to have a flash installed for the front camera for low-light selfies.

The battery is a large 3,000mAh battery which easily lasts through the day even with medium web browsing, and doesn’t get too hot during long usage. If we don’t use the Zenfone 3 much it’s not hard for it to last another day of usage before there’s a need to charge it.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Zenfone 3 is a phone that hits a lot of the right spots, and is definitely a nice phone to have and use.

(previously published in issue September 2016)