The Asus Zenfone series created a stir right from its release. Starting from the Zenfone 4, the company moved on to better hardware, and better performance from its devices. This was the first generation of smartphones made under the Zenfone series, which eventually paved way for the second and the third generation devices. The Taiwanese tech giant has been in the business of manufacturing computer hardware for more than three decades now, and its expertise in the sector has significantly helped them in coming up with reliable handsets.
The Pegasus 3 is a successor to Pegasus 2, a device launched during the second quarter of 2015. The Pegasus 3, announced in June this year, seems to be set to outperform its predecessor. The devices are aimed at the mid-level consumer, and the hardware specs are a visual treat for those loving powerful phones. With a 5.2 inch screen, a 13MP main camera unit and a large 4100mAh battery to go with, the Asus Pegasus 3 seems to feature it all. Further enhancements include a 2.5D curved glass and a fingerprint sensor. In the sections below, we review the Pegasus 3, giving you a clear picture of the comparison between the device’s specification and its performance.
The Asus Pegasus has been beautifully designed, and features a slim body, adorned with 2.5D glass which not only accounts for the attractive appearance, but also makes holding the big device a pleasure. However, at a thickness of 0.34 inches, the handset seems to be thicker than most of the other handsets in comparison, although the difference in hardly noticeable. The device is available in four color variants – gold, rose gold, silver and gray.
The Pegasus 3 features bezels on the top and bottom part of the front panel, as well as the camera unit (placed along with the speaker) at the top. The rear panel features the main camera and the fingerprint sensor, on the non-removable back cover which houses the battery. The size of the bezels are not insignificant, and they bring down the body-to-screen ratio to nearly 68%.
Display is one of the best aspects of the phone, and the 5.2 inches IPS LCD capacitive screen supports a maximum resolution of 1280x720px, and a calculated pixel density of 282ppi. The screen recognizes multi-touch inputs, and the proprietary UI is tweaked to give you a fluid experience when handling this phone.
The Pegasus 3 uses the MediaTek MT6737 as its chipset, and ARM Cortex A-53 as its main processing unit. The ARM processor has proven to be fast and reliable, and with the 2GB RAM coupled to it, the device makes everyday tasks a pleasant breeze. Be it switching from one of the many simultaneously open apps to playing graphic intensive games, the Pegasus 3 does not show any signs of stuttering or lagging. Here, it must be pointed out that the device includes Mali-T720 MP2 as its graphical processing unit, clocked at 600MHz. However, the handset does not feature a dedicated expandable memory slot, and the SIM slot 2 serves as the holder. The fingerprint sensor appears to be responsive and fast too, and registered impressions quickly.
The main camera unit in the phone is the 13MP rear camera, with an aperture of 2.2, and with additional standard features including LED flash and autofocus. The aperture is big enough to allow sufficient light to make your phots look crisp and clear. The maximum resolution the camera can afford for the images is 4128x3096px. Videos can be shot in HD mode, with both 1080p and 720p being recorded at 30 frames per second.
The front camera sports a 5MP camera, with an aperture of 2.0. This is obviously suited more for selfies, since the bigger aperture allows focusing more on the object in the foreground rather than at the back. However, there’s no flash for the secondary camera, although this was quite expected.
Multimedia features including the ability to play audio and video files, and the Pegasus 3 can play a wide variety of multimedia formats. These include all the standard extensions for audios and videos. Also, the phone lacks an HDMI port, but compensates by allowing the user to play video files on an external device using the Wireless Media Link. The speakers are powerful, but the output is way better when connected to a good quality headset.
With a 5.2 inches screen, fingerprint sensor, a quad core processor, it is only natural for the Pegasus 3 to demand a relatively higher power consumption. This has been taken care of by a 4100mAh Li-Ion unit. Although it does take time to charge the battery completely, once done, it keeps you going for more than a day, even on moderately high usage. Additionally, the OS on the device (Android Marshmallow) is designed to help you make the most out of the battery, so one can use the integrated power options to help conserve juice.
Connectivity features include connecting wirelessly (via 802.11 protocols) as well as hotspot. NFC is absent, but the device does feature Bluetooth, GPS and microUSB 2.0 for fast data transfer.