Zenfone 3 series are all about bringing higher end specifications in mind. After exceling much in the lower mid-range market area, now the Taiwanese manufacturer decided to seek for premium one by bringing the Zenfone 3 Deluxe alongside the regular one. Find out the details in our coverage below.
- Thin metal design
- Snapdragon 821 (highest version)
- 6GB of RAM
- Not very attractive design, relatively.
The deluxe thing instantly comes to mind as the all-metal chassis revealed. Its considerably thin at 7.5mm, 4.2mm thickness at thinnest edge , and has a popping out camera accompanied with a rectangular fingerprint reader on the back. Those with small hands may have to adjust to reach it prior to using the sensor due to the height of its placement.
The 5.7-inch display features Full HD (1080p) resolution, which is a step behind typical high-end devices today. But Asus has injected the Super AMOLED instead of IPS, so we’re expecting a dramatic hike in contrast and dynamism in the color production. The company did explain that the Zenfone 3 Deluxe has an always-on screen mode, just like the Galaxy S7 and LG G5.
At its first introduction, it was known that the Deluxe would get powered by the 2.3GHz quadcore Snapdragon 820. However, Asus went on by bringing the latest offering from Qualcomm’s top shelf, the Snapdragon 821. It promises 10% more efficiency compared to its predecessor and delivers 40% more power to aid the Adreno 530 GPU. There’s a whopping 6GB of RAM, which is way too redundant, but makes an ironclad guarantee in ensuring the device won’t suffer from any lackluster under heavy operations. The inbuilt storage is offered in three sizes: 64, 128, and 256GB with the second SIM tray acts together as a microSD slot that allows extra space up to 258GB.
The 23MP primary camera brought along the traditional Asus’ laser autofocus and phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) that operates simultaneously depending on the lighting conditions. The company claimed that the camera only takes 0.03 second to concentrate onto moving objects. There’s a feature that let you take a picture in glorious 92MP made possible by stitching multiple images into one. The front-facing camera comes in 8MP which is fair enough for its level.
It still runs the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and yet to receive the Nougat update. Asus are known to their traits in fairly distributing software updates pretty quick, so you’ll only need to hang on for a bit longer.
The battery packs 3000 mAh which is on par with many flagship devices this year. You may notice that the 5.7-inch display will eat up too much power, but considering the Full HD (instead of Quad HD) display and 821 efficiency, this thing probably will stand more than a full day. There’s a Quick Charge 3.0 too, meaning a full charge will only take 70 minutes.
Conclusion: Priced at $799 for the highest specifications ($499 for the lowest), the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is a myriad beauty that has all the ability to turn premium market’s attention from the iPhone and Korean flagships. The camera, the powerhouse, the design, all look solid and mighty.