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ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra Review: A massive phablet

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra Review

Is bigger really better depends on how big is big to you. Now this year Asus calling Zenfone 3 Ultra a phablet is honestly quite an understatement since its size feels closer to a small tablet. But being big has advantages for one you don’t have to carry two different devices for different uses. All you need is just one device so let’s take a closer look at the Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra.

Design

Design-wise it doesn’t look too different from other siblings although the main difference is the volume rocker being placed at the back just like the previous iteration of the said Zenfone 2 and ZenPad. The back and the frame is made up of aluminum material while the front sports a gorilla glass. The metal areas scratches easily so it would be wise to get a case for this phone. Zenfone 3 Ultra features two sim slots on the side with one being of a hybrid sim microSD slot and the power button with zen centric circle embossed. Personally I don’t really like the back volume rocker since it is already difficult to hold the device in one hand it’s also hard to reach at the back to adjust the volume while holding it with one hand. When using both hands to hold the device reaching the back volume rocker is even more cumbersome.

Display

Being a rather large phablet using it with one hand is near to impossible since it is too large and cumbersome. However, it is really handy to have such a large 6.8inch screen when watching videos especially paired with nice audio. Playing games is also more immersive but my personal favorite was reading on it whether social media feeds news etc. The only drawback is the weight 230 grams to be exact and since it is rather large after all and using while lying down can cause an accidental dent to the face.

Battery Life

Yes it has a rather large screen so how well the better holds up. Well Zenfone 3 ultra sports a 4600 mAh battery and it has an average life of 34 hours of talk time. Though it can last between one to one and a half days while depending on usage that’s pretty decent and the best thing is that this device supports quick charge 3.0 that can charge 60-percent in about 45 minutes. Now using the device when charging sometime makes it a bit hot, especially when the phone’s doing a lot of processing.

Performance

Performance wise the Zenfone 3 Ultra did pretty well with The Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 and 4gb of ram. It doesn’t choke up when processing games and heavy graphics.  Switching between task and multitasking is a breeze. Browsing the web is a smooth and social media scrolling is not a problem.

Camera

Now good thing about this phablet is that it also features a similar camera to Zenfone 3 however its a whooping 23 megapixel rear camera. Photos are good in daylight indoors, Lowlight as well as selfie is just like its siblings. However shooting with one head is a bit of a challenge since it is quite a large device after all.

Verdict

Overall the Zenfone 3 Ultra is a pretty good phone if you don’t mind the size. However, the price makes it difficult to recommend especially when there are other big screen phones like Xiaomi Mi Max which is reasonably priced.

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