Asus has finally released its ZenFone 3 devices in India. The Deluxe and Ultra variants are premium devices, but the ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) is priced at Rs. 21,999, which means it will take on devices like the Reliance LYF Earth 2, Xiaomi Mi Max and several others in the Indian market.
The ZenFone 3 is currently available on all major e-commerce sites like Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and with Bangalore-based retail chain Sangeetha Mobiles. It will hit retail stores across India before the end of August.
The Reliance LYF Earth 2 and Xiaomi Mi Max (64GB storage+4GB RAM) are priced at Rs. 19,999, so it is obvious that they will take the just released Asus ZenFone 3. Here is specification comparison of the devices to help you buy the device that suits you:
The ZenFone 3 sports a 5.2 inch Super IPS+ capacitive touchscreen with 1,080x1,920 pixels (424 ppi pixel density), and the Reliance LYF Earth 2 has an even smaller display, sporting a 5.0-inch full HD IPS LCD screen with 1,920x1,080 pixels (445 ppi pixel density). On the other hand, Xiaomi Mi Max has a much bigger display with a 6.44-inch display and a resolution of 1,080x1,920 pixels (342 ppi pixel density).
The Xiaomi Mi Max is in a different league all together with a huge screen but the ZenFone 3 and Reliance LYF Earth 2 have sharper display.
All the devices are powered by Qualcomm processors. The Xiaomi Mi Max leads the pack with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, compared to Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 seen in the ZenFone 3, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 in Reliance LYF Earth 2.
Both the Xiaomi Mi Max and ZenFone 3 run Android Marshmallow operating system, while the Reliance LYF Earth 2 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop.
The ZenFone 3 has a 32GB internal storage expandable up to 2TB and 3GB RAM, while the Reliance LYF Earth 2 has a 32GB internal memory (expandable up to 64GB) and a 3GB RAM. The Xiaomi Mi Max on the other hand has a 64GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card), and a 4GB RAM.
The ZenFone 3 has a 16MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture, laser/phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis) and dual-LED (dual tone) flash, and an 8MP front-snapper with f/2.0 aperture, while the Mi Max mounts a 16MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash, and a 5MP front-snapper with f/2.0 aperture. On the other hand, the Reliance LYF Earth 2 has a 13MP main camera with LED flash, laser autofocus, PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), and 4 x digital zoom, and a 13MP front-snapper with LED flash, PDAF and 4 x digital zoom.
The Xiaomi Mi Max is powered by a 4,850mAh battery, while the ZenFone 3 has a 2,600mAh battery, and the Reliance LYF Earth 2 has a 2,500mAh.
No device is a clear winner in terms of specifications, but the Xiaomi Mi Max has an edge over the other two with impressive processor, storage and battery.