With the launch of Zenfone 3, Asus has bid farewell to the plastic body previously the Zenfone 2 series was composed of. Now in all the latest Asus smartphones we have full metal frame body covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 from the front and the back. Mobile phones housing a metal frame aluminum body are more durable than the plastic ones. With the launch of the third generation of Zenfone smartphones, we have seen massive battery capacity, huge RAM, huge inbuilt storage and improved cameras with the latest and the most fluid ZenUI 3.0.
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552ML: Specifications And PriceThe Zenfone 3 ZE552ML is the base model. Unlike its predecessor the Zenfone 3 features a sandblasted metallic frame. The front and the back of this phone is protected by 2.5 D Corning Gorilla Glass. It is the first phone to pack the Snapdragon 625 SOC featuring 64-bit octa-core A-53 CPU and Adreno 506 GPU. The CPU is clocked at 2 GHz. There are two variants of the base model. The one having 3GB RAM comes with 32GB inbuilt storage and another one having 4GB RAM comes with 64 GB inbuilt storage. The storage can be further expanded to 128GB via a microSD card. This phone has a hybrid SIM slot so the microSD card uses the second SIM slot.
The screen size is 5.5 inch and the resolution is Full HD (1920x1080) with 401 PPI. The display technology is Super IPS+. The main attraction of the Zenfone 3 is the 16 MP with laser autofocus, phase detection auto focus, Optical Image Stabilization, Manual Mode (for DSLR-like camera detail settings), Super Resolution mode which allows you to take photos at 4X resolution. The Asus pixelmaster technology enhances the photos taken in low light so that photos look much brighter. The camera can record Full HD videos at 30 fps. The front camera is 8 MP which can take good selfies even in low light.
The battery capacity is 3000 mAh with fast charging support. Zenfone 3 has USB type C connector which can also be used for reverse charging. The battery is non-removable. The phone weighs only 155 grams besides having a large battery. Zenfone 3 has accelerator/E-Compass/Gyroscope/Proximity sensor/Hall sensor/Ambient light sensor/RGB sensor/IR sensor/Fingerprint scanner on the back which can register up to 5 fingerprints. Zenfone 3 comes in Sapphire Black/Moonlight White/Shimmer Gold colors. With SonicMaster 3.0 and a 5 magnet speaker, the sound output is loud enough about which you can't complain. The price of Zenfone 3 is $249. And at this price range, it is a tough competitor for Lenovo Moto G4.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL: Specifications And PriceZenfone 3 Deluxe is the flagship device which has a full metal frame body and invisible antenna lines. It features the Snapdragon 820 chipset, 64-bit quad-core CPU clocked at 2.15 GHz and is coupled with Adreno 530 GPU and whopping 6 GB RAM. This phablet has 128GB UFS internal storage. The camera has the latest 23-megapixel Sony IMX 318 sensor with PDAF and laser auto focus. The phone is capable of recording 4K videos. Other camera features include 4-axis OIS with six-axis sensing and EIS (electronic image stabilization) and super resolution mode which is capable of capturing 92-megapixel photos. There's a fingerprint scanner just below the rear camera.
The phablet has a 5.7 inch Full HD touchscreen with Super Amoled panel which is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. The display’s barely-there 1.3mm bezel gives a huge screen-to-body ratio of 79%, for a vast view in a smaller space. The phablet's always on technology keeps the vital information on the screen without waking the phone.
There's a 3000 mAh non-removable battery under the hood which supports fast charging. Asus claims that 60% battery can be charged within 39 minutes with the supplied charger whose power rating is 9V 2A 18W. The charging interface is USB 3.0 type C which can also be used for reverse charging. The price of Zenfone Deluxe is $499 for the 64GB variant.
Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra ZU680KL: Specifications And PriceIt is the largest among the three and can be considered as a tablet due to its size. Zenfone 3 ultra has a 6.8 inch Full HD touchscreen with 79% screen to body ratio. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 4 and has a blue light filter for eye care. This phablet runs on Snapdragon 652 chipset which has a quad-core CPU paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage. The gaming department is handled by Adreno 510 GPU.
It also features dual 5 magnet speakers which are 2.4 times louder than ordinary speakers thanks to SonicMaster technology. The sound quality is 4 times better than CD quality, Asus claims. The battery is non-removable and has a capacity of 4100 mAh. The phablet is supplied with a fast charger which can charge 60% battery in 45 minutes.
The rear camera is 23-megapixel and supports super resolution mode for capturing photos at 4X resolution. The front camera is 8 MP and can take good selfies in low light. It has similar camera features just like the Deluxe and the base model. The fingerprint scanner can be found on the front side below the screen. The volume buttons are situated at the back below the camera sensor. This phablet runs on latest android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0 The Zenfone 3 Ultra is priced at $479.