Taiwanese PC maker Asus has unveiled two new smartphones, Zenfone 3 Laser and Zenfone 3 Max, in Vietnam.
The new Zenfone 3 Laser has a metal body with 5.5-inch full HD (1920x1080p) display having 2.5D glass. It also features fingerprint sensor with 0.2 second response time, 4GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage.
One of the key aspects of the Zenfone 3 Laser is its camera hardware. It has a 13MP Sony camera with IMX214 sensor, 2nd generation laser autofocus with 0.03 sec speed, EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) blur-free video recording and colour correction sensor.
On the other hand, Zenfone 3 Max has a 4100mAh battery. The new phone may be considered a watered down version of the Zenfone 2 Max. But the new Max model has a 5.2-inch full HD display, while its predecessor had a 5.5-inch full HD screen.
The reduction in the screen size may be the primary reason for the battery capacity getting lowered in the new phone.
With 4100mAh battery, Zenfone 3 Max can keep the phone running for about 30 days under standby mode, up to 20 hours on talk time (3G) and 4G/LTE web browsing, and 15 hours on video playback.
The Zenfone 3 Max has many upgrades. It has a metal body, 3GB RAM and finger-print sensor. The company has not announced the processor used in the new phone, but it is expected to be much more powerful and faster than the previous variant.
With the latest announcement, the Zenfone 3 series now has five smartphones — the generic Zenfone 3 model, the top-end Deluxe variant, the Ultra phablet, the camera-centric Laser and a long battery life-based Max.
The company has announced that Zenfone 3 Laser and Zenfone 3 Max will soon hit stores in Vietnam for VND 5,990,000 (around $269/€241/Rs.17,970) and VND 4,490,000 (around $201/€181/Rs.13,473), reported TechRum.
Will Zenfone 3 Max and Laser models come to India?
Last week, we got a tip that Asus is planning to launch the high-end Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Deluxe and Ultra in the Indian market by the end of July. The company may showcase Zenfone 3 Max and Laser as well.
Furthermore, Asus, during the launch of the Zenfone 2 Max (with Snapdragon 615 CPU) in India in May, had claimed that Max series was the best-selling model for the company. So it is safe to assume that the new Zenfone 3 Max, including the Laser variant, will be available in India sooner or later.
Watch this space for more updates.