The Zenfone 3 lies at the base of the new Zenfone Stack. The new Zenfone family gets a design refresh and steer clear of Intel's Atom processors. The Zenfone 3 is powered by Snapdragon 625 octa core processor, which is perhaps the first mid-range SoC based on power efficient FinFet 14nm process node. The performance cores are clocked at 2.0 GHz, which means it's faster than Snapdragon 617 which it aims to replace.
It will be available in two variants with 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage and 4GB RAM, 64GB storage - Both of which will flaunt metal sandwitched between 2.5D Gorilla Glass front glass front and glass back. On the rear, you will find a 16MP rear camera sensor protruding beyond the 7.7 mm thick casing, and flanked by Laser AF and dual tone flash modules. The camera also includes 4-axis optical image stabilization, phase detection AF and F2.0 aperture lens. The front 8MP camera too has a F2.0 aperture lens. Camera specifications feel mighty, but as is the thing with camera specs, they say very little about the actual camera experience at user end.
The Zen UI on new Zenfones is based on Android Marshmallow and benefits from a design overhaul as well. Other features include 4G LTE with VoLTE, Hybrid Dual SIM card tray, USB Type C port and 3000 mAh battery.
Of course the Zenfone 3 isn't skimping on specs, but how much value it offers for your money shall be discernible only after its India launch. I am sure it's being desperately awaited by many. Asus Zenfone 3 India availability and price is merely a subject of speculation as of today.
- Premium metal - glass construction
- Powerful chipset
- Good camera hardware
- Full HD IPS+ display