ASUS recently launched the ZenFone 3 series in India. Today we will be reviewing the ZenFone 3 Z017D model; we will test the device in particular situations. This new ZenFone 3 comes in two variants; 1) ZE520KL (5.2”). 2) ZE552KL (5.5”).  This device comes with Full aluminium uni-body design. Check out the full ZenFone 3 Review.

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Asus Z017D ZenFone 3 Specs:

Model ZE520KL / ZE552KL
Dimensions, Weight 5.2″ [146.9 x 74 x 7.7mm, 144g] / 5.5″ [152.6 x 77.4 x 7.7mm, 155g].
Display, Protection 1920 x 1080 Super IPS+, Gorilla Glass 3.
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 @ 2.0GHz with 8 Cores.
RAM 3GB / 4GB.
Storage 32GB / 64GB (11.3GB reserved system storage.)
Cameras 16MP f/2.0 rear (4K Recording), 8MP f/2.0 front.
Battery 2600mAh / 3000mAh.
4G LTE Cat. 6, FDD band 1/2/3/5/7/8/18/19/26/28, TD band 38/39/40/41
WiFi, Bluetooth 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4.2
Dual SIM Micro SIM + Nano SIM OR microSD up to 128GB.
Security Fingerprint reader.
Best Buy Price Buy ZE520KL (5.2″) / Buy ZE552KL (5.5″)

Unboxing  the ZenFone 3 Box:

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  1. The ZenFone 3 5.2″ Unit.
  2. USB Cable Type C.
  3. AC Adapter.
  4. ZenEar Pods.
  5. Sim Ejector.

ZenFone 3 Build & Design:

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The new Asus ZenFone 3 Z017D is different from their previous generation.  ZenFone 3 is genuinely premium looking device from the new series. It feels good in the single hand. Use this device with a case as it is made up of glass. Its display is a 1920 x 1080 Super IPS+ and has Gorilla Glass 3 installed. The display is good and crispy.

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We have conventional sensors, earpiece and 8-mp camera on the top front of ZenFone 3. A 16MP rear camera is there on the back with 4K video recording support. Also, Dual tone flash, color corrector, fingerprint and laser focus is also available on the back.

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ZenFone 3 (Z017D) has corning gorilla glass protection on the top. On Right, we have volume rockers and power button.

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There is a Sim-card option on the left. Yes, it is a hybrid sim slot.  USB Type C and speaker are present on the bottom while the Headphone jack is present on the top of Zenfone 3 (Z017D).

Zenfone 3 Performance & Hardware:

This device features a Qualcomm SD 625 2.0GHz octa-core processor coupled with 506 GPU. It has two variants, 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM. 3GB version is available in India. According to performance, SD 820 is way better than this processor. It is a right pick for OnePlus 3 or LeMAX 2, but Does you know why ZenFone 3 is better?

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This phone can take the standard load quickly. Daily calls, web browsing or multimedia files are regular stuff to handle. It can handle Subway Surfer, Fruit Ninja or even high-end games like Mortal Kombat X, GTA, etc.

The Speaker is loud and definite; sound quality is good. It sports a fingerprint sensor at the back; it is fast and accurate. I’ll give it 9 out of 10 in security tests.

ZenFone 3 Benchmark:

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Asus Z017D ZenFone 3 scores approx 62000.

ZenFone 3 Camera:

It features a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, laser auto-focus, OIS, & a dual-tone LED flash. This camera is capable of better Image production. In low-light, you can get some quality shots. Asus is providing so many inbuilt modes to enjoy the camera. There is a Manual mode in camera for better mobile photography.

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ZenFone 3 (Z017D) comes with 4K video recording capability & the OIS works like a dope! Even the video quality is pretty impressive. The camera is fast better and accurate. It features an 8MP front-facing shooter for awesome selfies. So far so good, ZenFone 3 has the best camera in this segment.

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Manual Mode.

ZenFone 3 Camera Samples:

Super-Resolution full Zoom.
Super-Resolution full Zoom.
Take a look.
Take a look.
HDR

Front Camera Sample.
Front Camera Sample.
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ZenFone 3 Software: ZenUI 3.0 + Android 6.0.1:

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ZenFone 3 runs on Android 6.0.1 with the latest ZenUI. There are many features like DND mode, improved memory management, and some standard features. I just don’t like ZenUI because of the bloatware. However, Asus removed most of the bloatware in this latest UI.

There are many system apps which help the users for a better OS experience and more.

Asus ZenFone 3 Battery [Z017D]:

Asus ZenFone 3 Battery [Z017D]

ZenFone 3 Z017D have a 2600 mAh in-built battery. According to a battery, test using Antutu Battery Test App it scored: 7,164. The battery is sufficient for a daily working user.

Final Verdict for ZenFone 3:

Apart from minor-minor changes, the ZenFone 3 is an excellent smartphone. It is priced for Rs21,999 and Rs 27,999 for 3GB and 4GB variant respectively. It is just an average smartphone in perspective of performance. There are many smartphones out there at this price but, ZenFone 3 is the most premium smartphone for these bucks.