Call Quality

More than sufficient for prolonged conversations

For those rare occasions where you still find yourself sending and receiving phone calls, the Asus ZenFone 3 Laser does a fine job at delivering solid audio quality on both ends of your conversations. I never once ran into any call quality issues, and the rounded edges of the phone allow it to be quite comfortable to hold while communicating with friends, family members, and colleagues.

Battery Life

Recharge times are slow, but excellent endurance throughout the day means you won’t be plugged in all the time

To cut right to the chase, battery life on the ZenFone 3 Laser is downright impressive. My average use with the phone consisted of actively checking emails from two accounts, browsing numerous social media apps, streaming 1080p Full HD video on YouTube, and listening to music through a pair of Bluetooth headphones. With this sort of use, the ZenFone 3 Laser cranked out around 1 and 1/2 days of rock solid battery life.

I turned the Laser on at around 8:00 AM, and the included 3,000 mAh battery didn’t drain completely until about 2:45 PM the following day. Additionally, I was able to squeeze out a surprising screen-on-time of 5 hours and 13 minutes.

The one downside with the ZenFone 3 Laser’s battery has to do with its recharge times, as it took the phone a whopping 3 hours and 25 minuets to go from 0 to 100% with the included battery charger. This proved to be a pain for sure, but the extended endurance of the battery helps to even everything out.

Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser 205
Motorola Moto G4 Plus 113
Honor 5X 170
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 208

Conclusion

To wrap all of this up, where does that leave us with the Asus ZenFone 3 Laser?


As a whole, Asus did a commendable job at packing in a lot of smartphone into something that costs less than 1/3 of today’s premium flagships, at just $200. The design of the Laser might be a bit commonplace, but the nice materials being used for the phone’s construction do a great job at mimicking the look and feel of a much more expensive product.

Along with the solid build, the Laser also delivers a great-looking screen, fairly snappy processor, a fast autofocus system, and satisfying battery life. The phone falls a bit flat due to its weaker software skin, low quality speaker, and slow recharge times, but those issues aside, the ZenFone 3 Laser has quite a lot to offer.

You can make the argument all day long that you could spend an additional $30, $50, or even $100 for a slightly better smartphone all around, but when it comes down to it, the Asus ZenFone 3 Laser is one of the best ways you can spend $199 on a brand new smartphone. It may have been overlooked by a lot of people when it was initially released back in October of last year, and if you’re someone who missed out on it and are currently looking to spend no more than $200 on your next handset, do yourself a favor and check out what the ZenFone 3 Laser has to offer. Our guess is that you won’t be disappointed.



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Pros

  • Quality build
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Big, bright, and colorful display
  • Fast laser-assisted autofocusing
  • Satisfying battery life
  • Excellent bang-for-buck

Cons

  • Navigation buttons aren’t backlit
  • Very poor external speaker
  • Extremely long recharge times

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0
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