ASUS ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) is an interesting smartphone middle class, which may accrue to appeal to everyone looking for an efficient device with a good camera and long battery life.
ASUS ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) equipped with components that categorize telephone on average shelf price. But this is not a typical średniak because ASUS took care solutions that differentiate the smartphone competition.
Housing and appearance
ASUS ZenFone 3 in terms of quality of workmanship and materials used perfectly fits into the canon of the previous generation smartphone … Sony. Yes, Sony. This is because the Taiwanese in their średniaku used a combination of metal with glass – what is more, in the case of ZenFone 3, both panels are distinguished by the presence of glass 2.5D, which adds elegance housing. The smartphone makes a good impression, although the most beautiful he still far away. I refer, even if the previous and current generation Samsung Galaxy S, Moto Z, or a series of Huawei nova.The quality of the stands, however, the highest level since the fittings are properly matched with each other, and the phone is great in the hand and is well balanced. There is no question of gaps or clearances. Due to the used components is a unibody construction without allowing a battery replacement. Glass panels on both hard to palcuje and therefore aesthetes (greetings to Damian) should definitely be tempted to purchase cloth. In this respect, the phone is no different from even the Galaxy S7 edge. Below the screen okalanym slender frames are capacitive buttons that do not know why, they are not illuminated. I did not suffer unduly because of this the use of ZenFone 3 during the day, but at night I happened to miss. On the right side you will find dedicated buttons to adjust the volume (beam) and switch. The buttons have a tactile soft backlash, but does not interfere in any way. Not only that, we see the movement keys only when we decide to move them from side to side. Left-hand edge was reserved for the drawer hybrid SIM card slot. We also have two connectors: USB Type C and a headphone mini-jack 3.5 mm. They are located on opposite edges. Before turning to the rear panel, let me just mention that the equipment also includes: RGB LED notifications, a single speaker as well as two microphones. Rear panel ASUS ZenFone 3 is so distinctive that even covering the manufacturer's logo, I'll be able to always know. And this is mainly due to the rectangular sensor biometric and excessively protruding camera module (which is protected by sapphire glass), which has a silver frame. Here probably ASUS wanted to stand out from the competition, and certainly he succeeded. To me, however, this look does not appeal – it is simply ugly – whereas only the upper part. There were also the focus of the laser sensor and three LEDs. does not change the fact that ASUS set a milestone in terms of design smartphones, as last year's series ZenFone 2 is primarily a great frame surrounding the screen and a lot of wasted space in the lower part. I think if ASUS will continue to follow this path, is a model of the next generation has a chance to enter the forefront of the prettiest phones on the market.
ASUS ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) surprised me very positively during the test, in terms of working time on a single charge cycle. It uses a battery with a capacity of 2650 mAh – cyferki not make a good impression, quite the contrary. It would seem that the charger will have to go at least twice a day. In reality, however, I was reaching for it up once a day, while it is worth noting that I have from the smartphone I require more than a statistical Kowalski – why I can safely say that the battery without much difficulty should in many cases to withstand up to two days. [Wptab style = "4" title = "Normal operation"] [test slug = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "22002" virtual = "PCMark-work-2" type = "single" product_id = "22002, 21966,21968,21844,21910 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Games "] [test slug =" battery "order =" desc "selected =" 22002 "virtual =" battery-manhattan- 3 "type =" single "product_id =" 22002,21966,21968,21772,21752,21844,21912,21910 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" charging time "] [test slug =" battery "virtual =" charging-ac "order =" asc "selected =" 22002 "type =" single "product_id =" 22002,21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21912,21910 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] battery tests had shown that not the end of the run only the battery capacity. Equally important is the energy management and optimization, which in the case of ASUS was refined. A full charge of the battery charger supplied with the kit sales is 129 minutes, which after only 15 minutes longer renew 22% of its energy, and the next quarter, this value increases to 42%. Charging time is therefore a very good level. It is worth to note that the first two quarters of the housing is significantly warmer than in the subsequent charging cycle. As many as five power saving modes are a lot of possibilities for managing battery-powered ASUS ZenFone 3. In addition, you can control the energy consumption by applications.
ASUS decided in ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) follow the optimal display for your smartphone – equipment characterized by a diagonal of 5.2 "and a resolution of Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). Displayed on the content look very good. There is no question of jagged fonts and blurry images. The display is large enough to allow comfortable viewing content, as well as watching movies and playing. That which pleases the eye, the narrow side of the screen frame and very nicely contoured glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3 2.5D. The I mentioned this before, but it is worth emphasizing once again the advantage.ASUS has put on display with IPS technology, which offers wide viewing angles and good color reproduction – can be attached only to the color black, which flows gently in the shade of gray. There is, however, wonder – sRGB coverage is at 82.8%, while in the palette Adobe RGB is suddenly 59%. So this is a matrix worse than that which has been applied among other things a lot cheaper Huawei Y6 II or smartphones Huawei Series nova. ASUS ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) beats but to head competition in terms of maximum brightness of the screen, which is as high as 662 cd / m2. It's much more than in the case, even if the iPhone 6s Plus (599 cd / m2), or the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, whose brightness is of 644 cd / m2. Such a high reading indicated using the calibrator it shows that the use of a smartphone sunlight (for example on the beach) will not pose any problem. [Wptab style = "4" title = "Maximum Brightness"] [test slug = "display-battery" virtual = "TEST_JASNOSC_AKU" order = "desc" selected = "22002" type = "single" product_id = "22,002.21966, 21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21912,21910 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" minimum brightness "] [test slug =" display-battery "virtual =" TEST_JASNOSC_AKU_MIN "order =" asc "selected =" 22002 "type =" single "product_id =" 22002,21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21912,21910 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] In terms of the minimum brightness ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) ranks pretty high (5cd / m2), thus ensuring a comfortable use of the phone, even in total darkness. Of course, there are always those who find that the screen could be a little darker, but I think this is already czepialstwo principle. Brightness control can also ambient light sensor, which exercises correctly – quickly adapts to the ambient lighting conditions, and the change in light intensity is running smoothly. With additional settings to mention an increasingly popular mode of reading, which, when activated, is designed to reduce the emission of blue light, and therefore less tired eyes. Importantly, we can independently control the intensity of the yellow color. There are several other modes that improve inter alia, color.
Main camera – characteristics, the quality of pictures and videos
It is said that the image on page ASUS, ZenFone 3 is a smartphone designed for the shooting. Is it really so? Definitely yes, and I'm impressed with your camera present in this device. Available to obtain the Sony IMX298 sensor (16MP lens with a bright f / 2.0), supported by a laser sensor measurement focus and the three LEDs. I could not fail to mention also optical image stabilization (OIS) working alternately with electronic (EIS). This is one of the best sets that can be found in the smartphone mid-priced. >>> See sample photos at full resolution Pictures taken in daylight look very good. They are characterized by a lot of detail and natural color reproduction. This is mainly due to the proper operation of the automatic mode, which skillfully manages white balance, contrast, and sharpness. This is influenced by the laser autofocus with a constant measurement. Eye enjoy even photographs taken after dark. The amount of image noise is low. Of course, deciding to shoot in the Egyptian darkness, noise are highly visible, and the photo quality is miserable, but at the moment no smartphone is unable to get rid of the problem. [Gallery type = "slideshow" ids = "624754,624740,624742,624752,624748,624744,624746,624736,624738,624756,624750"] This year's flagship Koreans still missing, but without any problem ZenFone 3 can compete with last year's flagowcami and get out of this fight victorious. Smartphone in this category falls also better than previously tested nova Plus from Huawei. Videos can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 4K. The fact worthy of note is the work of the image stabilizer even at maximum resolution. Of course, it is also possible to record video at a resolution of FHD at 30 k / s, as well as at sixty frames. You can only complain to the problems autofocus, as shown in the sample film.
Front camera – characteristics, the quality of pictures and videos
Do you like doing selfie? I'm not. I'm not saying that these pictures do not do at all, because I'd be lying – this year on vacation I made a couple selfie with the family, but the more I like to take pictures of others. If I became a lover but these pics, it sięgnąłbym after ZenFone'a 3, which makes very good pictures. We get cool pictures in each mode, but I would advise to beware of beauty therapy, which sometimes too much smoothes reality. Video recorded in three resolutions: FHD, HD, and VGA. Of course, all enabled image stabilization. This, however, is electronic.
That's what I ran in a cheap ZenFone 3 Max, a model of mid-range is already there. Talking about the manual shooting mode. It is duly expanded and intuitive to use, so you can quickly set the parameters to get the best quality photos. We'll get into this mode in two ways – directly from the automatic mode (the shutter button is literka M), and after the opening of the list of available shooting modes. And while we're on the mode in question is the total of twenty, ranging from beautification, through high resolution and ending with the mode of children. This last mentioned by me makes it easier to take pictures pociechom, because it has built-in melodies that amuse the infant and focus his attention. This allows us to do good, blur-free picture. It is also poor lighting and depth of field – the first brightens pictures taken in worse conditions and photographing using a second we can multiply the back burner and focus on the subject located on the first.
ASUS long put on mobile processors Intel. These, however, do not enjoy as much success as the mobile chips offered by the most recognizable manufacturer, which is Qualcomm. Therefore, in the third generation of ASUS ZenFone was Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (octa-processor ARM Cortex A53 clocked at 2 GHz and Adreno 506 graphics chip). Added to this is the support of 4 GB of RAM. It is a pity that on paper. In tests of synthetic falls far worse than them. It is a next-generation processor, manufactured in 14nm process technology, and is therefore more energy efficient and more powerful than the SoC manufactured in 28nm – is a set of better than this, which you will find in smartphones from Huawei nova. During daily use had never happened, I had to complain about the lack of computing power. Downtime is a term that in the case of ASUS ZenFone 3 was alien to me. Smartphone smoothly and easily load a website (even those rich in content) and applications. Management of RAM seems to work properly. I am glad no problems due to excessive heating of the housing. Temperature, of course, slightly increases during increased productivity, but it is normal and does not interfere in any way. I can not fail to mention also the lack of problems with the loss of productivity – is not noticeable even after prolonged load components. [Wptab style = "4" title = "PC Mark"] [test slug = "PCMark-android" order = "desc" selected = "22002" virtual = "PCMark-android-work" type = "single" product_id = " 22002,21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21910,21422 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" AnTuTu "] [test slug =" android-antutu-6 "order =" desc "selected =" 22002 "virtual =" antutu-total-6 "type =" single "product_id =" 22002,21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21910,21422 "] [/ wptab] [wptab styles = "4" title = "3DMark"] [test slug = "3dmark" order = "desc" selected = "22002" virtual = "3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-total" type = "single" product_id = "22002, 21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21910,21422 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" T-Rex "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc " selected = "22002" type = "single" virtual = "t-rex-3-onscreen" product_id = "22002,21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21910"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = " 4 "title =" Manhattan "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc "selected =" 22002 "type =" single "virtual =" manhattan-3-onscreen "product_id =" 22002,21966,21968, 21630,21772,21752,21844,21910 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] synthetic tests confirmed my observations – ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) is a good mid-range smartphone, which copes even with last year's smartphones with high-end pricing, as well as this year's średniakami.
System and interface
ASUS ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) works based on Android version 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It is not clear, however, as it was enriched with an interface ZenUI 3.0, which brings with it a lot of additional solutions. ZenUI 3.0 is a completely redesigned look, as well as a lot of copyright applications. The software will also find third-party programs – Puffin web browser, Amazon Kindle, as well as Facebook. Not all applications are category must have, but fortunately there are not many and can be seamlessly odinstalowć.Producer gives you a profound interference with the appearance of the interface – change the icon size, change font size and style, or scrolling effect cards desktop. Then there are themes that can be downloaded from the Internet. There is therefore no problem to express themselves through the appearance of the system on your smartphone. There were also useful and at the same time functional application producer and amenities, including:
- Mode one-handed activate by double thump Home button. It is possible to freely adjust the size and the place where the reduced window has to be. Definitely ASUS with its course of one hand beats the competition.
- Easy mode for ASUS is primarily a nod to the elderly, because the icons are generous in size as well as font. This mode provides access to frequently used applications and contacts.
- Kid Mode – deciding to launch a child mode, we can define applications where comfort has access. It is like a toddler friendly interface but against that offered by Samsung falls pale. Plus, however, for its efforts.
- Mini movie and photocollage are two programs for creative processing of video and photos. When using them, you can create a slide show, collages, as well as videos with transitions and good music. There is a lot of room to maneuver because of the application you can download add-ons.
- Device Manager is a management center smartphone. This program allows among others the acceleration device by releasing RAM and closing active processes; power management on your phone by changing the mode, monitoring consumption data, and manage notifications.
- Gestures – we have a motion gestures and touch. The first category includes a gesture of silencing the phone when an incoming call is received and the gesture by raising the smartphone up. Touch gestures include double tumble screen to wake up / sleep and quickly launch applications by drawing on a blank screen, a particular symbol.
Equipped with a hybrid SIM card slot – you can benefit from support for dual SIM cards (microSIM + nanosim / microSIM + microSD – Dual Standby) or give up one for memory expansion with additional gigabytes through microSD card. In the case of two SIM cards in both slots we have communication LTE Category 6 (data download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, as well as sending up to 50 Mbps). With dual-band Wi-Fi (standard ac) – catches the signal and stable operation, even on other floors. There were also Bluetooth 4.2 protocol A2DP, EDR and LE. No problem communicating with the wireless headset JBL Synchros E40BT.GPS (standard A-GPS, GLONASS + BDSS) performs well – quickly searches for satellites and determines the position, and it alone can cope with a route, and there is no need to activate support from the packet data. Wireless communications facilities is therefore almost perfect, although to fully luck ran out NFC. It's quite a strange move from ASUS that in the era of mobile payments ran into the same component smartphone.
Built-in memory, OTG, Miracast
ASUS raised the bar of competition, as it has decided to equip the model ZE520KL 64 GB built-in memory – for the user is available about 52 GB. This more than cut the memory is more than sufficient to accommodate music, pictures, games and applications without the need for its further development. If, however, there is such that the aforementioned microSD reader. For wired communication was dedicated USB Type C standard 2.0 and offers support for OTG – copes with storage. The sales package but there is a dedicated adapter. There is also a digital media server, so the gateway for wireless data sharing is open to us. Unfortunately, the equipment does not include support for Miracast.
Speaker, microphone and talks
Multimedia speaker is placed on the bottom of the frame, in the right corner. The sound quality is not very good, but the sound is coming out loud, unless przytłumimy his hand. For occasional listening to music it suited, but much more is listed as a speaker to signal incoming calls. Good quality is while the speaker talks. The caller's voice is clean and well audible – I had no problem with his understanding, even in crowded and noisy places. Good is also built-in microphones – check during the talks.
The fingerprint reader located on the rear panel (gently embedded in the casing) under the camera, run the tests properly. At first I was afraid that rather unusual shape – narrow and elongated – will be very convenient. However, my fears turned out to be wrong, because there was no situation in which not react after contact with a dry finger. Speed is also at a good level.
Summary and evaluation
We have reached the point where've met all the advantages and disadvantages of ASUS ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) currently costing a little more than 1,500 dollars. Is it worth it to invest money in this model? And it may be better to buy Huawei nova or one of last year's smartphone? To sum test ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL), I wrote that ASUS is developing and smartphones from generation to generation are becoming more interesting and nicer. And, of course, reasonably priced, which for many is the key when choosing a new device. These two sentences perfectly suited also for ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL).We obtain the product almost fully equipped, whose neat components are enclosed in good quality housing. Sensible camera with extensive application is a big advantage, you will appreciate the fans of smartphones photographs; decent working time on one battery charge, as well as the due work culture is certainly the biggest advantages. Most in this model do not like the lack of NFC, as well as strongly protruding camera lens main. If these defects have been eliminated, without a doubt it would be the most interesting smartphone in its class and price range. Despite these shortcomings, however, I am of the opinion that the ASUS ZenFone 3 is a better choice than Huawei nova that you buy at a similar price. The latter is indeed nicer (although it's a matter of taste) and has NFC, but loses the camera module, which for me is more important. [Temperatura2 product_id = "22002"]