This year in August, Taiwanese computer & mobile manufacturer, Asus, unveiled their much awaited Zenfone 3 series smartphones in India. The series consists of Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2" Inch), Asus Zenfone 3 (5.5" Inch), Asus Zenfone 3 Laser, Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe, Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra, and now the recently launched member of this series, Asus Zenfone 3 Max. At that time, only Asus Zenfone 3 (both 5.2" & 5.5" variants) & Asus Zenfone 3 Laser were available for purchase in India. Finally, on November 30, 2016, Asus announced the availability of Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe & Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra in India. Both these smartphones are luxurious & boast a metal unibody design with power-packed hardware underneath, let us take a look the phones.
|Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra (Pic courtesy: Asus)|
If you haven't read my previous articles on Asus Zenfone 3 series smartphones, then go ahead and read it here. You can also read my Review on Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE520KL) which is the 5.2 Inch Display variant.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe
Boasting a metal unibody design of a strong yet light aerospace grade aluminum, Asus claims it to be the World's first all-metal smartphone with invisible antenna design. Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe packs 5.7" Inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display of 1080p resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It comes with two processor options; Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 & Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Asus also claims it to be World's first smartphone to house Snapdragon 820 SoC. Coupled with 6GB LPDDR4 RAM, Adreno 530 GPU and storage options of 64GB to 256GB UFS 2.0 & hybrid SIM slot which can house a microSD card of up to 250GB.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is a Dual SIM phone, comes with a Rear 23 Megapixel Asus PixelMaster 3.0 camera with f/2.0 aperture, Laser / Phase Detection Autofocus, 4 axis OIS sensor, (Dual tone) Dual LED flash and recording capability up to 4K (2160p @ 30fps). The front shooter is an 8 Megapixel camera with f/2.0 and Full HD 1080p recording support. Runs Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 topped with ZenUI, the smartphone measures 7.5 mm in thickness & weighs 170 grams. It supports Quick Charge 3.0 & comes with 3000 mAh battery. Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe supports USB Type-C, comes with an Advanced fingerprint sensor which barely takes 0.2 seconds to unlock & works with moist fingers too.
For Full Specifications of Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe, Click here.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL (Snapdragon 820) is Priced at Rs.49,999 and Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL (Snapdragon 821) is Priced at Rs.62,999 - will be available in two colors; Glacier Silver & Sand Gold.
Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra
Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra packs 6.8" Inch Full HD IPS Display with 1080p resolution (4K TV-grade image processor with Tru2Life+ technology) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core processor (Quad-Core 1.8 GHz Cortex A72 & Quad-Core 1.46 GHz Cortex A53) with 4GB Dual Channel RAM, Adreno 510 GPU and internal storage of 64 GB. Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra comes with New Dual 5-magnet stereo speakers with NXP SmartAMP, Hi-Res & 7.1 channel virtualized audio with DTS Headphone:X
The Rear camera of Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra is a 23 Megapixel Asus PixelMaster 3.0 (Sony IMX318) camera with f/2.0 aperture, Laser / Phase Detection Autofocus, 4 axis OIS+EIS sensor, (Dual tone) Dual LED flash and recording capability up to 1080p @ 30fps. The front shooter is an 8 Megapixel camera with f/2.0 and 4K recording support. Runs Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 topped with ZenUI, the smartphone measures 6.8 mm in thickness & weighs 230 grams. It supports Quick Charge 3.0 & comes with 4600 mAh battery with reverse charging function, supports USB Type-C, and comes with an Advanced fingerprint sensor which barely takes 0.2 seconds to unlock & works with moist fingers too.
For Full Specifications of Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra, Click here.
Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra is priced at Rs.49,999 and will be available in Titanium Grey & Glacier Silver with sandblasted finish.
On the availability of Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe & Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra Smartphones in India, Region Head (South Asia) and Country Manager for Asus India, Mr. Peter Chang commented;
I hope this article was helpful, we'll keep bringing more, till then, stay tuned.“With the Zenfone 3 Deluxe and the Zenfone 3 Ultra, we aim at revolutionizing the smartphone space in India. Launched to fit into our premium segment, these flagship smartphones are at the pinnacle of design and engineering, and seamlessly combine high-end features in an extremely luxurious form factor. The powerful processor of the Zenfone 3 Deluxe ensures that the smartphone is perfectly geared towards the needs of even the most demanding user. With the Zenfone 3 Ultra, multimedia enjoyment is taken to its peak level, with its high-end display and specially engineered audio/video technology.”- Peter Chang