Starting the New Year off right with a popularphone from Asus.
This is the Zenfone 3 Deluxe.
I put brand-new phones through a series ofdurability tests to see what they’re made of, and how well they stand up to the testof time.
The box of this phone is pretty phenomenal.
Opening the lid exposes a very thin layerof brushed aluminum whose reflections direct your focus to the phone in the center.
It looks like Asus is in search of somethingincredible.
Have they found it with this phone? Let’s find out.
[Intro] My initial thoughts holding this phone isthat it is pretty lightweight compared to my normal Galaxy S7 or iPhone, or even theOnePlus 3, and that makes me nervous because when assessing durability, weight is usuallyassociated with quality.
Let’s start with the scratch test.
I have a set of Moh’s picks that tell mewhat the screen is made of.
If the screen is plastic like the Galaxy S7Active, or Droid Turbo 2, it will scratch at a level 3.
Tempered glass, like gorilla glass, will usuallyscratch at a level 6.
And harder materials like sapphire will scratchat an 8 or a 9.
This phone scratches at a level 6 which meanswe’re working with tempered glass, like most other smart phones these days.
The same front glass covers the 8 megapixelcamera and then sensors.
So those are protected and inside the earslot the grill seems to be made of plastic or vinyl covering.
So if you ever need to clean dirt of makeupout of this hole, don’t go too deep or it can tear.
Now here’s the part I was super curiousabout.
All over Asus’ website they’re claimingthat this phone is an “all-metal miracle” and that it has “PureMetal” technologywhich is fine except for they have this “TM” thing right next to it which means that it’sjust a trademarked phrase instead of an actual material.
So I was nervous, but.
[ Nails on a chalkboard ] the sound shows us thatit is indeed metal.
I thought Asus was going to pull an LG G5and make a plastic sandwich and call it “premium” but they didn’t.
Thumbs up Asus, the back panel of the phoneis definitely metal.
[ The sound of my wallet crying ] If you squint your eyes real hard and useall of your imagination you can clearly see that this is a pony.
Fingerprint scanners are usually made up ofa different material than the rest of the phone, and that is the case with the Zenfone3 Deluxe.
This scanner seems to have a plastic coatingon it which can get scratched pretty easily.
I think we can all agree that this particularfingerprint scanner is scratched more heavily than could ever happen in real life with normaluse.
So let’s see if it can still function.
It still allows me to set my fingerprint andunlock the phone every single time I touch it which is pretty impressive.
You definitely don’t need to worry aboutdamaging the fingerprint scanner on this phone.
So far Asus has done a really good job withbuild quality.
Even the camera lens is real glass so it won’tbe scratching on its own like a plastic lens would.
Now when I come to the side of the phone,this is where I encounter my first issue.
That satisfying metal-on-metal scratchingsound that we all enjoy is nowhere to be heard.
Only when I get deep enough through the thicklayer of plastic do I see a glint of silver metal.
Call it plastic, call it primer, whateverthis layer is, you’re hand is not touching metal when you’re holding the phone…whichis absolutely fine if this phone wasn’t so heavily marketed as “all metal” ontheir website.
It does have more metal than the LG G5 though,which also claimed to be all metal.
At least the back panel on the Zenfone 3 Deluxeis legit as you can hear from my razor.
It is just the sides of the phone that arehaving an identity crisis.
So now we know anytime someone tries to pulla trademark metal shenanigan, it’s not going to be real metal.
Now there are 2 different versions of theZenfone 3 Deluxe.
7 version with an AMOLED screen, anda 5.
5 inch version with an IPS LCD that was released a few months after the first version.
Both are branded with the same Zenfone 3 Deluxename and both have the same build quality and exterior materials.
The IPS screen or the 5.
5 inch lasted 8 secondsunder my lighter but fully recovers.
Now I’ve had several people Tweet me aboutlighting their own phone on fire.
This is a terrible idea.
Even if the pixels do fully recover, thereis still damage done to the oleophobic coating.
That coating gets evaporated by flame so definitelyleave the phone burning to a professional phone burner, like myself.
Speaking of tests you shouldn’t do at home,the bend test of the Zenfone 3 Deluxe is anxiety inducing.
It appears to disobey the laws of physics.
The screen stopped working for a second afterthe bend, but after turning it off and turning it back on again, we are back in business.
Bending from the front of the phone yieldedmuch sturdier results, I imagine because the glass inside of the frame kept it pretty sturdyand rigid.
And while the metal is pretty disfigured,it can be mostly bent back into its original shape and continue on functioning just likenormal.
So as long as you are okay with plastic sideson the so called “all metal” phone design, this is a pretty solidly built phone.
Good as new.
Do you Asus should get a pass on calling thisphone “all metal”? Or do you think phone manufactures shouldbe more specific on what their phone is made of? Let me know in the comments.
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