Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D

Sunday, September 25, 2016

     Hello dearies! After weeks of anticipation, ASUS Philippines unveiled the latest smart phone models in a launch dubbed as Zenvolution PH. It's one of the grandest launch as of the moment and I was one of the lucky few who got the first dibs on the latest models that ASUS is offering in the market now. One of the smart phones launched that day was the ZenFone 3 5.2 and ZenFone 3 5.5

    ASUS surprised me weeks ago when I received a beautiful and elegant grayish box. It's a ZenFone 3 without a doubt. So when I opened the box, a beautiful and sleek sapphire black phone that's lighter than my ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser greeted me. I'm so giddy that I can't contain my excitement because there will be another baby in our ASUS family. The question is, will it trump the previous models of ASUS ZenFone that I have and will be rightful in their tagline #IncredibleIsNow? Read more on my first impressions + unboxing video below :)

Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 

     Three weeks have passed and up to know I can't believe that I have a new baby -an ASUS ZenFone 3. It came in a sophisticated grayish box that is handy, fits my palm, and has a gold logo of ZenFone 3. There's no color indicator outside the box so if you're planning to give this as a gift, the receiver would be surprised once he/she opened it.

Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D
ASUS ZenFone 3 5.2"

Unboxing

Inside the box of my review unit are as follows:

1. ASUS ZenFone 3 5. 2" (Z017D) Unit in Sapphire Black
2. AC Adapter Charger
3. USB Cable Type C
4. ZenEar Headphones with Spare Ear Buds
5. Sim Card Ejector
Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 
Inside the ASUS ZenFone 3 5.2" Box

First Impressions

     Upon opening the flip top box, I immediately checked the phone. Slide off the wrap and inspected the overall appearance of the unit. The first thing I noticed was the shape of the phone. It's different from ZenFone 2. Very light and thin! The texture is smooth and I love the color that I got because it's black and not an ordinary black- Sapphire Black to be exact. A color that exudes class and and elegance that's why I can say it has a premium look indeed.

Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 
ASUS ZenFone 3 Slim bezel, premium crafted-metaalic diamond cut bevel, and thinnest edge

Beauty Inside and Outside

Front
     Even without holding the phone, you can see the elegant appearance and what embodies this smartphone. The combination of glass and metal is sublime on its own. It's not an ordinary glass but a 2.5D Contoured Corning Gorilla Glass. If you're phone is always in good hands like you're not clumsy like ninja, (hahaha) no need for a tempered glass. But for added protection, a tempered glass wont hurt.
Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 
ASUS ZenFone 3 front
     Facing in front, is the 8 MP PixelMaster Camera. The capacitive buttons are placed at the bottom of the phone and still no backlight like the previous phone models which sometimes I dislike but it's not a big deal for me. I can go in a well-lit place at night if I have to, right?
Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D  
ASUS ZenFone 3 front top and bottom 
Back

     Here's the back of ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser- the 16MP rear camera is located at the center and it's slightly protruding at the back. This is the reason why the phone will not lie flat on a table. The finger print sensor is situated below the rear camera.
Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 
ASUS ZenFone 3 back
     Again, the back is covered with 2.5D Contoured Corning Gorilla Glass with silver accent on the side. The logo of ASUS is placed at the bottom. The dual LED real tone flash is on the right side while the Laser AF is on the left side of the camera.
Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 
ASUS ZenFone 3 upper back 
Top, Bottom, and Sides

     The 3.5mm jack is located on the top while the USB Type C connector is at the bottom.

Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 
     The keys for the power and volume can be seen at the right side of the phone. It's back to the place where I'm used to so hooray for that. This doesn't have a removable battery though.
Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 
     The left side is where you'll place the sim card. Is this kind of a sorcery because there are no slot or button for sim cards and expandable memory? Well, there is but it's hidden and that's where you'll use the sim card ejector. 
Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 
Sim Card Tray with Sim Card, Micro SD, and Sim Card Ejector
Slot 1 Micro SIM
Slot 2 Nano SIM/Micro SD up to 128 Gb
Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 
Sim Card and Micro SD Card Tray
Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 
Sim Card and Micro SD Card Slots
    I use only one sim and a 32 Gb memory card. So far so good. The display is bright and clear. The photos are beautiful and crisp. I thank ASUS for the 2650 mAh battery that lasted me for more than 10 hours while Data or WiFi is on. ZenFone 3's performance is simply amazing when it comes to scrolling and loading websites and multi-tasking. It's Octa-core, baby!

Clarity

     The design, color, and build is love at first sight. Second love? the camera and the features like depth of field, beautification, and super resolution. Some of my favorite shots here:

Auto Mode
Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 
Meiji Chocolates in Auto mode
Super Resolution
Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 
Flowers in Daang Bakal shot in Super Resolution
Effects in Gray Scale
Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D
Kenzo inside Himpilang Daang Bakal, San Fernando Pampanga 
     I'll be musing more of my experiences on ZenFone 3's phone features, gaming, and over-all entertainment on my next post and that will be one of the parts for the full review of ASUS ZenFone 3. Before I end this post, let me share a short unboxing video. Oh by the way, this is how my beauty arsenal looks like now :)
Unboxing and First Impressions: ASUS ZenFone 3 Z017D 
Unboxing Video
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