It was only a matter of time before Asus introduce even more variants to its ZenFone 3 lineup, and that’s exactly what the Taiwanese company did in Vietnam. Enter the ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone 3 Max; as their names suggest, they are the direct successor to last year’s ZenFone 2 Laser and ZenFone Max.
The ZenFone 3 Laser is the beefier offering of the two. According to a Vietnamese media, this device features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, an unspecified octa-core processor – it’s believed to be a Snapdragon 430 – paired with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 13MP rear camera (it can supposedly lock in focus in only 0.03 seconds), and a rear fingerprint sensor.
As for the ZenFone 3 Max, it shares the same appeal as its predecessor: a large battery capacity. However, at 4,100mAh, the 3 Max actually has a smaller battery over the ZenFone 3, which had a much bigger 5,000mAh battery. Regardless, other specifications of the ZenFone 3 Max include a 5.2-inch 720p IPS display, a MediaTek MT6735 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, and a rear fingerprint sensor as well, just like the ZenFone 3 Laser.
While both of these devices have metal constructions, they don’t exactly look as premium as the other members of the ZenFone 3 lineup, such as the flagship ZenFone 3 Deluxe. There are visible antenna lines on the back of the device, and the overall design of the devices isn’t as sleek-looking.
That being said, judging by their retail prices, the Asus ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone 3 Max are meant to be budget offerings. The ZenFone 3 Laser retails at 5,990,000 VND (about RM1,060), while the ZenFone 3 Max goes for only 4,490,000 VND (approximately RM795). As usual, it still remains to be seen if these two devices will be launched in Malaysia.