Could we consider the high end Zenfone March 1?
For it is a good question to start a discussion like this, because the truth is that ASUS has included a cast of enormous possibilities to its new Zenfone 3, although the thin red line that marks us a high – end seems to have moved today where it is.
It is true that the Zenfone 3 has a high – flying hardware, but it is also true that the best of the market and play other leagues , with high resolution screens suitable for virtual reality or SoCs much more powerful.
But let ‘s not get on, first let ‘s see what Asus offers its Zenfone 3 at least on paper:
|ASUS ZENFONE 3 (ZE552KL), SPECIFICATIONS|
|PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS||152.6 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm
|SCREEN||5.5-inch Super IPS +|
|RESOLUTION||1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 401 dpi|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Octa-core (8x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
|GRAPHICS PROCESSOR||Adreno 506|
|MEMORY||64GB + microSD up to 256 GB|
|VERSION||Android 6.0 Marshmallow
|CONNECTIVITY||LTE Dual Active SIM (micro-SIM + nano-SIM / micro-SD)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
aGPS + GLONASS
Bluetooth 4.2 LE
USB v2.0, Type-C reversible connector
|CAMERAS||Rear: 16 MP with f / 2.0, optical stabilizer and hybrid phase detection autofocus and laser, dual LED flash, auto-HDR and video UHD
Front: 8 MP with f / 2.0 and FullHD video
|BATTERY||3000 mAh (not removable). Turbo Charging|
|ACCESS TO GOOGLE PLAY||Yes, standard|
|OTHER DATA||Metal construction and glass
Gorilla Glass 3 2.5D
Audio ASUS SonicMaster
|STARTING PRICE||399 euros, on sale 9/29/2016 (ASUS Spain)
The 5.2 – inch model will cost 369 €
Seeing this, can we consider the ASUS Zenfone 3 a high – end smartphone? Well hey, it depends on how you look at it , because on one hand not lack anything while on the other, has unforgivable flaws that a high – end not spare his will .
To begin incorporates a full HD 5.5 – inch panel and Super IPS + technology, with 401 pixels per inch density, but already seen enough. Encourages chipset Snapdragon Qualcomm 625 , although it has enough power is also far from the 820 and 821 that make up the highest rank in the catalog of Qualcomm.
And as another example, it does not have an NFC chip that many manufacturers still escapandoseles on a tangent when it is now a ‘must have’.
Otherwise, we talk about an outstanding phone, especially in the section of memory with 4 GB of RAM and another 64 GB of internal storage , of which we will have about 49 or 50 GB factory and also can be expanded with cards micro SD.
A hardware platform as we do not forget anything, just the NFC, which makes us remember that it has a reader fingerprint well implemented in the rear, with reading of 360 degrees, support up to 5 tracks and some function Extra with prolonged double tap or touch.
Construction of great quality for a huge smartphone
The new Zenfone 3 is a phone that enters the eye , no doubt, but the fact is that their worst nightmare is also its construction, because its large size makes it unwieldy with one hand.
ASUS knew and to make life easier provided a software function for the use of the device at hand, but that’s no excuse for having worked more with optimizing the design of a terminal high volume and in hand falls well , with good touch and very robust, but it is uncomfortable.
Its chassis and frame are made of metal , rounded and with a glossy bezel mirror polished by diamond cutting. They are crimped Gorilla Glass 3 with rounded edges 2.5 D technology in both the front and rear, which has a circular weft finish in the style of ASUS, but with our unit in white can not be seen from all.
On the other hand, the hardware buttons are metallic and with good tour, the tray microSIM + Nanosim / microSD is also of metal and of good quality, while the main speaker is placed in the bottom frame, which is not optimal but yes I accepted, leaving the top only for standard audio jack of 3.5 mm.
The fingerprint reader, meanwhile, will be seen in the back under the camera, in a fairly ergonomic position which does not differ with other implementations already seen in the market.