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ASUS ZenFone 3: frequently asked questions

|August 30, 2016 |Android Phones, Mobiles, Asus

"Got questions about the ASUS ZenFone 3? We've answered 'em all!"

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Initially announced at Computex in May, the ASUS ZenFone 3 series of smartphones was launched in India a few weeks ago. The smartphones that landed in here include the  ZenFone 3 (first impressions), ZenFone 3 Deluxe (first impressions), ZenFone 3 Ultra (first impressions) and ZenFone 3 Laser (first impressions), all covering various price points and bringing different features to the table. The ZenFone 3 is a mid-level offering, and comes in as a big upgrade to the ZenFone 2 (review), both in terms of design and specifications. We've got the device in our labs, and here we're going to answer your most frequently asked questions.  


Can you recap on the ZenFone 3's specifications? How many variants does it come in?

In true ASUS fashion, the ZenFone 3 has been launched in multiple variants. As of now, there are only two models of the device – one with a 5.5-inch display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 3,000mAh battery, and the other with a 5.2-inch display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 2,600mAh battery. Just to point out – we have the latter for review. The other specifications remain common – full HD resolution, a 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, 16MP/8MP cameras and Android Marshmallow with the latest version of ZenUI on top.


What's new in the ZenFone 3's design compared to the ZenFone 2?

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ASUS has made big changes to the design of the ZenFone 3. Unlike the ZenFone 2, which featured a removable back panel and plastic body, the ZenFone 3 is a unibody smartphone with a metal frame and glass sandwich design. The smartphone features polished chamfers and rounded edges, and gets ASUS' signature concentric circle design at the rear. Both the front and the rear feature 2.5D glass that dips towards the frame, adding a stylish factor to the design.


Does the ASUS ZenFone 3 come with Gorilla Glass protection?

Yes, in fact the ZenFone 3 features 2.5D Gorilla Glass at both the front and rear.


Does the ZenFone 3 support dual-SIM?

The ZenFone 3 is a hybrid dual-SIM device, which means that one of the SIM card slots doubles up as a microSD card slot. It accepts one micro-SIM and one nano-SIM.


Does the ASUS ZenFone 3 support VoLTE? What are the other connectivity options?

Yes, VoLTE is supported on the ZenFone 3, so you can use a Reliance Jio SIM card with it. The other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and USB Type-C. NFC isn't available unfortunately.


How much storage do I get on the ZenFone 3?

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Like we mentioned earlier, the ZenFone 3 comes in 32GB and 64GB storage options. On the former, you get about 23.5GB to use out of the box. The storage on both variants is expandable up to 2TB, and you also get 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years with the phone. 


What's new in the ZenFone 3's cameras?

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The ASUS ZenFone 3 features a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, laser autofocus, OIS and a dual-LED flash. The front camera is an 8MP unit with f/2.0 aperture. The ZenFone 3 is equipped with ASUS' PixelMaster tech, and comes with a range of modes, including Low Light, Super Resolution, Depth of Field, GIF Animation and a Manual mode. You also get various filters and effects you can apply. We'll be talking more about the ZenFone 3's cameras in our camera review.


Does the fingerprint sensor on the ZenFone 3 offer any additional features?

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The ZenFone 3 features a fingerprint sensor at the rear. Additionally, you can tap and hold the fingerprint sensor to answer an incoming call, double tap it when the phone is unlocked to open the camera, and tap on the sesnor when the camera is open to take a photo. 

What is the battery capacity on the ZenFone 3? Does it support quick charge?

The ASUS ZenFone 3 features a 2,600mAh battery (3,000mAh on the 5.5-inch variant). Unfortunately, the device doesn't support Qualcomm's Quick Charge tech, but ASUS says that the smartphone supports fast charging through the 5v/2A charger.


What version of Android does the ASUS ZenFone 3 run? Any new features in ZenUI?

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The ZenFone 3 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0 on top. The new version of ZenUI is much more polished than before, with a cleaner look that's more in line with stock Android. ZenUI comes with a dedicated app drawer, and a search bar you can access by sliding down anywhere on the homescreen. There are a bunch of pre-loaded apps, both third-party and native, and while some can be installed, others you'll be stuck with.

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Among the notable app there's Themes, which lets you browse and install a range of themes. You also have the option to change the icon pack. Additionally, there's an app called Mobile Manager, which lets you scan your device, and manage data, battery, notifications and storage. The ZenFone 3 comes with a bunch of touch gestures like double tap to wake, and drawing letters on the lockscreen to cold-access apps. It also supports motion gestures like flip to mute, and a one-handed mode. There are several new features in ZenUI 3.0 that we haven't talked about, and we'll reserve that for our full review.


What do I get inside the ZenFone 3's retail box?

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Inside the retail box, you'll find the smartphone itself, along with a USB Type-C cable, 5v/2A wall charger with a removable two-pin plug, SIM ejector tool, documentation and a wired headset with spare silicone tips. Head over to our unboxing for more. 


How much does the ZenFone 3 cost? And where can I buy it?

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The 5.2-inch variant of the ASUS ZenFone 3 will set you back by Rs 22,999, while the 5.5-inch variant costs Rs 27,999. The smartphone is available from various e-commerce retailers like Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal, as well as select offline retailers.

That pretty much sums up the most common questions about the ZenFone 3. If there are any we missed, please do leave a comment below and we'll get back to you at the earliest. In the mean time, stay tuned for our review.



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