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Review Asus Zenfone 3 5.2″ (ZE520KL) + Upgrade to Oreo / Nougat

Post originally published on Asus ZenTalk.

UPDATE TO ANDROID OREO / NOUGAT

I will not cover upgrading to nougat as quite dated, but the update to Android 8.0.0 Oreo. I have divided the review of this update in the various categories of the original review below.

Design and materials

Zenfone 3 It has a completely different design than its predecessor (Zenfone 2). Built entirely of glass and metal on the sides, Zenfone 3 It is very attractive and elegant at the same time. The capacitive touch buttons at the bottom (Back, Home, Cards) unfortunately they are not backlit: the Power buttons, Volume +/-, in Zenfone 2 They are at the back, while at Zenfone 3 They are on the right side. Alternatively, on the back there is a fingerprint sensor, under a Sony sensor 16 MP (in 4:3, 12 MP in 16:9) that, with the super-resolution mode allows you to get up to 66 MP (in 4:3, 49 MP in 16:9). It has a dual LED flash and auto-focus camera with laser sides. On the front side, we find the front camera 8 MP. In the upper part of the phone is present the jack 3,5 mm headphone and a microphone. At the bottom they were installed the second microphone, the connector of the USB Type-C recharging the battery and the speaker.

Hardware

L’Asus Zenfone 3 It offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 625 and an IPS screen + Full HD 5.2″, It equipped with a battery from 2650 mAh, a fairly low value but with a record autonomy, indeed, even with intense use you arrive at night with at least 15% Remaining battery. Large capacity in the internal memory (64 GB, of which 11,4 GB used by the system) e 4 GB of RAM to keep many open applications and make the system more fluid: these are SOME of its best features.

Battery and performance

Featuring a Snapdragon processor 625 2 Ghz Octa-core, Zenfone 3 it's a “power viva“! It allows extensive use to get the evening with 15% Remaining battery.

UPDATE: The performance and the battery life seems to be incredibly increased, even with intense use.

Interface

Zenfone 3 It is characterized by an interface ZenUI 3.0, customizable in every aspect. From the application icons to the theme of the launcher… the system fonts to the status bar. Pleasant to the eye and excellent for those who like to customize! The messaging app, email, calendar are the stock Google, but for those of Asus you can download them from ApkMirror (In fact, Google Play Store are not there!!). In the window of the newer cards, you can close the applications running in the background and improve the phone freeing RAM.

NOUGAT UPDATE: Introduced ZenUI 3.5

 

OREO UPDATE: Asus has introduced the latest update to Android Oreo really many new, including the new interface ZenUI 4, much more elegant and clean, which includes the removal of pre-installed in the system app with marshmallow and nougat.

Gaming

Regge games very well, with octa-core processor. It is present in the suite of apps ZenUI Game Genie, a “launcher” that allows you to free up RAM memory while playing, Web search tricks or strategies, record video or live streaming on YouTube and Twitch while playing!

UPDATE: Confirm what has been said above

pros and cons

PRO:

  • super customizable interface
  • Good (if not excellent) battery
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Camera
  • Speaker in, and not behind

VERSUS:

  • Touch Buttons do not backlit

In short, the Zenfone 3 It is a splendor. His strengths are above the interface and the camera, but also the battery. Unfortunately there are no backlit buttons and do not know how much it cost to put them Asus.

Everything € 369,99: a great deal !!

Data sheet

DATA SHEET – ASUS ZENFONE 3 ZE520KL
Display5,2 inch Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixel) Super IPS+ LCD
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 625 2.0 Ghz Octa-core
RAM4 GB
Internal memory
64 GB expandable with Micro SD
Camera (retro)
  • 16 MP (Sony IMX298 f/2.0)
  • Laser autofocus;
  • PDAF;
  • Sensor color spectrum;
  • Doppio flash LED;
  • Super Mode resolution up to 66 MP
Camera (front)8 MP, f / 2.0, with a 85 ° angle of capture
ConnectivityLTE Cat.6, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
Battery2600 mAh
Available colours
  • Black Sapphire and White Moonlight in Italy;
  • Gold and Blue in other countries
THEIn origine: Android 6.0.1 MarshMallow
Updated to: Android 8.0.0 Oreo

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