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Asus Zenfone 10 Review

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In terms of delivering powerful performance in a small space, Asus remains the leader in the smartphone market. Additionally, Asus phones tend to have great battery life, though their camera capabilities and software updates are not as advanced as those of Samsung and Google.

In conclusion, after having read this review of the Asus Zenfone 10, we can state with confidence that it would be a great buy for any Android user, regardless of whether they are looking for a smaller phone or not.

The Design of the Asus Zenfone 10

For the past few generations of Zenfone, Asus has put an emphasis on making their devices compact. This has not changed; the phone is still a 5.9-inch handset that is more diminutive than most other Android phones that can be purchased presently.

The Zenfone 10 can be distinguished from its predecessor by its rear cameras encircled by new rings and its distinct back panel texture; otherwise, it is quite difficult to tell the two Zenfones apart.

Weighing in at 6.02 ounces (172g), the Zenfone 10 is slightly heavier than its predecessor, but still quite lightweight. Its slender size allows for Asus to ensure that the phone can be comfortably used with one hand, making it a great option for those who want a smaller device.

The pleasure and productivity of being able to operate the Zenfone 10 with one hand while my other hand is occupied, like when I’m having a cup of coffee.

The Zenfone 10’s lightweight design is partially due to its bio-polycarbonate plastic back. Although the thought of plastic on a high-end phone may be a cause for concern for some, it does not feel in any way inexpensive. In fact, the material offers a unique, grippy texture that provides a reassuring feeling when held.

The Zenfone phone includes a 3.5mm headphone jack along the top edge, a feature that is becoming increasingly rare on devices. To top it off, the phone also offers IP68 dust/water resistance, something many other flagship phones seem to lack. It makes one wonder why Asus can manage to provide both features.

For the Zenfone 10, Asus has presented a broad range of colours including Aurora Green, Midnight Black (shown), Comet White, Starry Blue, and Eclipse Red.

Assessing the Display of the Asus Zenfone 10

The Zenfone 10 is equipped with a 5.9-inch AMOLED display with FHD resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz which only works in certain games. For other uses, it still offers a smooth 120Hz performance which is on par with Samsung’s S23 flagships and better than the 90Hz peak of the Pixel 7.

It’s a pity that the Zenfone does not quite measure up to the Galaxy S23 and Pixel 7 when it comes to luminosity and colours. Despite its large-screen advantage, the Zenfone 10’s accuracy of colours and peak brightness are lower than those of the other two phones. Nevertheless, the Asus phone still provides a respectable colour gamut coverage.

Analysis of the Camera Feature on the Asus Zenfone 10

In terms of its camera setup, the Zenfone 10 may not be the most impressive. However, its 50MP main camera, 13MP ultrawide camera, and 32MP selfie camera are of good quality. The Galaxy S23 contains a telephoto camera, while Google’s Pixel 7 has some of the best photo processing technology on any phone. It’s in other areas where the Zenfone 10 can be seen to have value, rather than its photo kit.

The 50MP main camera on the Zenfone 10 doesn’t include a zoom lens, however it does permit up to 8x digital zoom with a pre-set 2x in the camera interface, which will deliver the same 12MP resolution as a normal 1x shot. This 2x zoom can be compared to what the S23 offers, as their main camera is also used for this magnification, whereas the dedicated telephoto camera starts at 3x.

The pictures taken by both devices are particularly noteworthy, although some may find the brighter and clearer photograph taken by the Galaxy S23 to be superior to the dimmer and softer photograph taken by the Zenfone.

When comparing the video capture capabilities of the Zenfone 10 to the S23, the difference is clear. The main camera of the former is equipped with a 6-axis hybrid gimbal system that stabilizes the phone up to 1.5 degrees in any direction, making the bobbing effect while walking much smoother. The results of this system are evident when panning motions are recorded.

The resolution of the selfie camera on the Zenfone has been modified by Asus, who have replaced the traditional RGGB sensor with one featuring RGBW pixels. This is believed to improve lighting and reduce noise.

In any case, the Zenfone 10 produced a darker self-portrait than the S23. Furthermore, the portrait mode effect of the Zenfone has not been able to cut me out as well. The Zenfone’s colours are more vivid, which make the bright areas of a photo stand out more and not cast a pallor over me as the S23 does.

At the end of the day, the Zenfone is able to go head-to-head with the Galaxy S23, even if it isn’t able to surpass it in any particular category. Unfortunately, it lacks a telephoto camera which is a shame, as Asus had to likely opt for cost-effectiveness or to save internal space. For the price one would pay for this phone, it would be nice to have a third rear camera to cover all essential phone photography requirements.

Performance

Asus has certainly not been stingy with the Zenfone 10 when it comes to the chipset. It is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, and you can choose between 8GB, 12GB, and 16GB of RAM depending on where you purchase it and the amount of money you are willing to spend. Therefore, you are getting similar performance to the Galaxy S23’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, or even more memory than what is available on the much pricier Galaxy S23 Ultra.

The investment Asus put into the RAM and processor of the Zenfone certainly showed in our benchmark tests. It was able to either beat the Galaxy S23 or come close to it, despite the latter having much less RAM but possessing a top of the line Snapdragon chip. The Pixel 7, on the other hand, with its Google Tensor G2, was not able to compete in these tests, even though it offers other advantages that the tests were unable to measure.

The storage capacity on the Zenfone 10 ranges from 128GB to a whopping 512GB, so you’re sure to have enough space for all your files regardless of how much you use your device.

The Battery and Charging capabilities

The battery capacity of the Zenfone 10 is quite impressive, given its compact size, at 4,300 mAh. This is more than the 3,900 mAh offered in the Galaxy S23 and almost matches the 4,355 mAh in the Pixel 7. What is remarkable is that despite its smaller size, the Zenfone still manages to offer a greater amount of battery power than the other two devices.

Recharging doesn’t take place rapidly, unfortunately, as the most it can do is 30W. This is especially slow when compared to a device such as the OnePlus 11, which has an 80W charging speed. After 30 minutes plugged in, a depleted Zenfone 10 only reaches 54% battery life, which is not particularly speedy in today’s standards.

Fortunately for Asus, the Galaxy S23 charges rather quickly, achieving 55% in a 30-minute period. Additionally, the Zenfone 10 surpasses the S23 and Pixel 7 by including a charger in its package.

The charging rate of 30W remains the same as the Zenfone 9, but the Zenfone 10 has added 15W wireless charging. We weren’t able to test it, but according to Asus it should take two hours to charge the device wirelessly. Even though it’s a lengthy process, it’s still convenient to have as an option to charge your phone without looking for a cable.

 

The Software and Unique Elements on the Asus Zenfone 10

At initial inspection, the surface of the Zenfone 10 appears like the run-of-the-mill Android, but Asus has implemented a few one-of-a-kind touches. The power menu, volume controls, lock screen and quick settings all have an alternate aesthetic, and are structured to give more options with fewer taps than traditional Android, something I definitely appreciate.

Using ZenTouch, further shortcuts come in handy when you swipe on the fingerprint-reading power button. My favoured ZenTouch shortcut is to open and close the notifications shade/quick settings window, yet one could also use this feature to scroll through webpages or skip through YouTube videos.

The Zenfone 10 has a useful QuickShot feature that activates the camera with a double-press of the power button and takes a series of pictures in a row. Furthermore, the Edge Tool provides a fast way to access apps and shortcuts with a swipe from the side of the screen, though it is not as customizable as Samsung’s Edge Panels.

The future holds more from Asus. An upgrade to the Zenfone 10 will bring a semantic photo search feature, similar to those on iPhones and certain Android devices, that will make it simpler to look for pictures of specific topics or containing certain words in the gallery.

Despite the numerous impressive features of the Asus product, its update schedule is a major letdown. It only offers two years of full Android software updates and four years of security updates, as opposed to Samsung and Google, who both offer four and three years of full updates, respectively.

The size of the current market for sub-6-inch phones is uncertain, however, the Asus Zenfone 10 appears to have created a stronghold in this area.

Finding something similar to the Zenfone in terms of size and quality is hard. If you’re looking for a smaller Android phone, the 6.1-inch Google Pixel 7a or the basic Samsung Galaxy S23 might be a good option. However, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 could be a more suitable choice since it can be closed up to reach a smaller size. But when it comes to cost, power and power efficiency, the Zenfone is the best alternative among these phones, unless you prioritize photo quality above all else.

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Honor Magic V3 Specifications

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Honor Magic V3 Specifications

Design

The phone has a bar design with the following dimensions:

  • Unfolded: 156.6 x 145.3 x 4.35 mm or 4.4 mm
  • Folded: 156.6 x 74.0 x 9.2 mm or 9.3 mm

It weighs 226 grams and is IPX8 water resistant, capable of withstanding submersion up to 2.5 meters for 30 minutes.

Display

The Honor Magic V3 features a foldable LTPO OLED display:

Main Display: 7.92 inches with a resolution of 2156 x 2344 pixels and 402 PPI.

Cover Display: LTPO OLED, 6.43 inches, 1060 x 2376 pixels, 402 PPI, and features nanocrystal glass 2.0. It supports 1 billion colors, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, and reaches up to 2500 nits brightness.

Protection: King Kong Rhinoceros glass.

Hardware

The device is powered by an octa-core CPU (1×3.3 GHz Cortex-X4, 3×3.2 GHz Cortex-A720, 2×3.0 GHz Cortex-A720, and 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A520) and an Adreno 750 GPU. It offers RAM options of 12 GB or 16 GB and internal storage options of 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB. There is no memory card slot. The phone includes sensors such as a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, and barometer.

Software

The phone runs on Android 14 with MagicOS 8.0.1.

Camera

Rear Camera: Triple setup with a 50 MP wide, 50 MP telephoto, and 40 MP ultrawide sensors.

Front Camera: 20 MP wide sensor.

Video: Capable of recording 4K at 30/60fps (10-bit) and 1080p at 30/60fps.

Flash: LED flash.

Network and Connectivity

The device supports various network technologies, including GSM, CDMA, HSPA, CDMA2000, LTE, and 5G. It offers dual SIM options with nano-SIM and eSIM capabilities.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e/7, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct.

USB: Type-C 3.1.

GPS: GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS (L1), BDS (B1I+B1c+B2a), GALILEO (E1+E5a).

NFC: Yes.

Wireless Charging: Yes.

Headphone Jack: No.

Battery

The phone has a non-removable Si/C 5150 mAh battery that supports 66W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and 5W reverse wired charging.

Media and Other Features

Video Playback and Out: Yes.

FM Radio: No.

Ring Tones, Loudspeaker, Handsfree: Yes.

Data and Speed

The Honor Magic V3 supports various 4G LTE and 5G NR bands, with network speeds of HSPA, LTE, and 5G.

The phone is available in Velvet Black, Snow, Tundra Green, and Red, priced at approximately 1140 EUR.

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ZTE Voyage 3D Review

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The ZTE Voyage 3D, launched on June 27, 2024, is a feature-packed smartphone that aims to stand out in the competitive mid-range market. With its unique 3D lightfield display, powerful Unisoc T760 chipset, and dual camera setup, the Voyage 3D promises an engaging user experience. Here’s a detailed look at what this smartphone has to offer.

Design and Build

The ZTE Voyage 3D sports a sleek and modern design, featuring a glass front, plastic frame, and plastic back. It measures 163.5 x 75 x 8.5 mm and weighs 190 grams, making it relatively lightweight and comfortable to hold. The device supports dual Nano-SIM cards, allowing users to manage personal and work contacts seamlessly.

Display

One of the standout features of the Voyage 3D is its 6.58-inch IPS LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen boasts a resolution of 1080 x 2408 pixels, offering sharp and vibrant visuals with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of around 401 ppi. The unique 3D lightfield display technology provides real-time 2D to 3D content conversion, adding an extra layer of depth and immersion to the viewing experience.

Performance and Software

Under the hood, the ZTE Voyage 3D is powered by the Unisoc T760 chipset, built on a 6 nm process. This octa-core processor includes one Cortex-A76 core clocked at 2.2 GHz, three Cortex-A76 cores, and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. Paired with 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of eMMC 5.1 storage, the Voyage 3D delivers smooth and responsive performance, capable of handling multitasking and gaming with ease.

Running on MyOS 13, based on Android 13, the Voyage 3D offers a user-friendly interface with a host of customization options. The dedicated button on the device can be programmed to launch specific apps, adding convenience to the user experience.

In terms of benchmarks, the Unisoc T760 scores around 540 points in single-core tests and 2155 points in multi-core tests on Geekbench, indicating strong performance for a mid-range device.

Camera

The ZTE Voyage 3D features a dual-camera setup on the rear, consisting of a 50 MP primary sensor with PDAF and a 5 MP secondary sensor. The camera system supports LED flash, HDR, and panorama modes, and can record 1080p video at 30fps. On the front, there is a 5 MP selfie camera that also supports video recording.

The camera performance is impressive for its price range, capturing detailed and vibrant photos in good lighting conditions. The AI enhancements and various shooting modes further enhance the photography experience, making it suitable for casual photographers.

Battery and Charging

The device is equipped with a 4500 mAh non-removable battery, which provides ample power to last through a full day of moderate to heavy use. The 33W wired charging with PD3.0 support ensures quick and efficient recharging, minimizing downtime.

Connectivity and Additional Features

The ZTE Voyage 3D comes with a comprehensive set of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS, and BDS for precise location tracking. The device also features a USB Type-C 2.0 port for charging and data transfer.

For security, the Voyage 3D includes a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, providing quick and secure access to the device. Other sensors include an accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, and compass.

While the device lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, it compensates with a loudspeaker that delivers clear audio output. The absence of NFC and FM radio might be a drawback for some users, but these omissions do not significantly detract from the overall value of the device.

AI and Software Enhancements

Beyond its hardware capabilities, the ZTE Voyage 3D leverages AI algorithms for various applications. These include real-time translation, an AI intelligent voice assistant, and features such as chat dialogue, knowledge quizzes, creative writing, and food reviews. These enhancements add a layer of interactivity and functionality, making the Voyage 3D a versatile tool for everyday use.

Price and Availability

Available in classic black, the ZTE Voyage 3D is priced at approximately 190 EUR or $204, making it an attractive option for budget-conscious consumers seeking a feature-rich smartphone.

The ZTE Voyage 3D stands out in the mid-range smartphone segment with its unique 3D lightfield display, solid performance, and versatile camera system. While it may lack some premium features such as NFC and a 3.5mm headphone jack, it offers a comprehensive package that caters to a wide range of user needs. For those looking for an affordable yet capable smartphone with innovative display technology, the ZTE Voyage 3D is a compelling choice.

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Lenovo Tab K11 Plus Review

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The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus stands as a testament to the company’s dedication to delivering high-quality tablets with impressive specifications, catering to both productivity and entertainment needs. With its sleek design, powerful internals, and a host of features, the Tab K11 Plus is positioned as a strong contender in the mid-range tablet market. Here’s a detailed look at what this device has to offer.

Design and Build

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus sports a sleek and modern design, highlighted by its metal case. The tablet’s dimensions, 268.7 x 168.96 x 7.15 mm, and its weight of around 520 grams, make it a portable and lightweight option. Its Luna Grey color adds a touch of sophistication. The build quality feels solid, with a glass front, aluminum frame, and aluminum back, ensuring durability and a premium feel.

Display

The device features an 11.45-inch 2K display with a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels, resulting in a crisp and vibrant visual experience. The 90Hz refresh rate enhances the smoothness of animations and scrolling, while the 400 nits brightness ensures readability even in bright environments. The display’s 72% NTSC color gamut provides vivid and accurate colors, making it suitable for media consumption and creative tasks.

Performance

Under the hood, the Lenovo Tab K11 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM680 processor, an octa-core CPU with a configuration of 4x Kryo 265 Gold cores clocked at 2.4 GHz and 4x Kryo 265 Silver cores at 1.9 GHz. This setup, combined with the integrated Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU, delivers reliable performance for everyday tasks, including web browsing, streaming, and light gaming. The 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM ensures smooth multitasking, while the 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage provides ample space for apps, media, and documents.

Camera

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus comes equipped with a 13 MP rear camera featuring an f/2.2 aperture and autofocus, capable of capturing decent photos in good lighting conditions. The front-facing 8 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture is suitable for video calls and selfies. Both cameras support 1080p video recording at 30fps, ensuring clear and smooth video capture.

Audio

Audio is a strong suit for the Lenovo Tab K11 Plus, thanks to its four speakers optimized with Dolby Atmos. This setup delivers immersive and high-quality sound, enhancing the media consumption experience. The inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack provides flexibility for wired audio connections.

Battery Life

The tablet is powered by an integrated 8600mAh battery, which offers impressive battery life. Depending on usage, it can easily last a full day on a single charge. The 10V / 2A power adapter supports quick charging, ensuring minimal downtime.

Connectivity

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus excels in connectivity options. It supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax 2×2), ensuring fast and stable internet connections. Bluetooth 5.3 offers enhanced wireless connectivity for peripherals. Additionally, the tablet features GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and Beidou for precise location tracking. The presence of NFC adds convenience for contactless transactions and data transfer.

Software

Running on Android 14 or later, the Lenovo Tab K11 Plus provides a smooth and intuitive user experience. The operating system is optimized for tablets, offering a range of productivity and entertainment features. Lenovo’s customizations are minimal, allowing for a clean and responsive interface.

Additional Features

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus is equipped with a range of sensors, including an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, hall sensor, and proximity sensor, enhancing its functionality. The device supports a stylus (purchased separately), making it a versatile tool for note-taking and creative tasks.

Certifications and Durability

The tablet is certified with ENERGY STAR 8.0, ErP Lot 6, ErP Lot 26, and RoHS compliance, reflecting its energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. It also boasts an IP52 rating for dust and water resistance, ensuring durability in various conditions. TÜV Rheinland certifications for flicker-free and low blue light further enhance its suitability for prolonged use.

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus is a well-rounded tablet that offers a blend of performance, design, and features at a competitive price point. Its vibrant display, robust build quality, and long battery life make it a compelling choice for media consumption, productivity, and casual use. While it may not match the performance of high-end tablets, its value proposition and feature set make it a strong contender in the mid-range tablet market. Whether you’re a student, professional, or casual user, the Lenovo Tab K11 Plus is worth considering for your next tablet purchase.

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