The race for the ultimate smartphone has become more intense with the latest addition to the Asus lineup. A new variant of ZenFone 3 Deluxe has been unveiled and is expected to hit stores in India this month.
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The ZenFone series are known to balance specs, price, build quality, and aesthetics quite well. The lineup’s prominence began with last year’s ZenFone 2. This model gave commercial and critical success to its company, with media giants like Forbes describing it as a premium Android handset with a low price tag.
Asus is also prompt in supporting previous models of its lineup, with several older ZenFone models receiving updates including the OS. In some mobiles you do this manually, while on other devices, you may register with your telecomm provider to get the latest updates and news about your smartphone.
Furthermore, Android Central listed the best units of the series. The list includes the ZenFone 3, the first variant of ZenFone 3 Deluxe, their big brother the ZenFone 3 Ultra with its 6.8in screen, and the ZenFone Zoom which boasts a camera with 3x optical zoom.
Another big surprise came, however, from the announcement of the new variant of ZenFone 3 Deluxe. Qualcomm’s latest chipset, the Snapdragon 821, will be launching aboard the upcoming additional variant of the phone.
According to The Verge, the Snapdragon 821 has a 10% increase in performance from its predecessor – the 820, which was the chipset placed in the first variant of the 3 Deluxe. The additional 1/10 power may not sound much, but this will come in handy when multi-tasking (browsing, watching media, etc.) and playing games with high-end graphics, which happen to be the top things people do on their smartphones.
Given that the chipset supports the CPU, GPU, RAM, and other functionalities of your mobile device, extra power will always be appreciated.
In terms of other specs, both the 820 and 821 SoC variants of the 3 Deluxe may come with either 4GB or 6GB RAM. Gone are the days of 32GB internal memory for the ZenFone, as these units start with 64GB of internal memory, with 128GB and 256GB versions available.
Its rear camera packs 23 megapixels, which features Sony’s latest image sensor IMX318, 4K video recording, and 4-axis optical image stabilization (OIS). The Indian Express also explains that aside from OIS, the camera of 3 Deluxe has electronic image stabilization (EIS) which will capture and play sharper videos, along with a Super Resolution mode that’ll give out a 92mp image and a colour sensor.
Furthermore, its Full HD screen measures 5.7 inches so the phone qualifies as a phablet, a lot bigger than most phones, such as iPhone 6 which O2 mentions as having a 4.7in display or even HTC One M9+ with its 5.2in screen. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is built with a Super AMOLED screen, same with Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge.
Also,the thing of the past are plastics in the phone’s build, given that the 3 Deluxe has a metal unibody design as reported by Times of India. Colour variations come in three choices: Titanium Grey, Glacier Silver and Sand Gold.
It may also be dual-sim enabled, but users will have to choose between another sim or an additional microSD card. The first sim slot is for a nano-sim, while the second slot is for a micro-sim, which doubles as the slot for a microSD card. It’s a rather unusual internal design, which first-look reviewers frequently list as its main disadvantage, along with the phone’s 3000mAh battery, which is quite low considering the powerful performance specs of the device.
Lastly, the 821 SoC variant of ZenFone 3 Deluxe will have its estimated price starting at $780, as opposed to the 820 variant’s pricing of $500.