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Asus ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3 Ultra Launched: Price, Specs, and More

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Asus at its Zenvolution event on Monday at the Humble House Taipei, unveiled the new ZenFone 3 series. The new series has been launched with three models – ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and ZenFone 3 Ultra – varying in different sizes and specifications.

The ZenFone 3 variants don a full metal design makeover, and fingerprint support embedded on the back of the phones. All the models sport an 8-megapixel selfie camera (85-degree wide-angle lens), and support hybrid dual-SIM slots. The rear cameras feature optical image stabilisation, and electronic image stabilisation for better handheld photography.

Starting with the base model, the Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) is priced starting $249 (roughly Rs. 16,800), and features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super IPS LCD display. It is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back. The smartphone (seen below) is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage – a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage will also be available. On the camera front, there is a 16-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX298 sensor. It packs a 3000mAh battery, and offers connectivity options like Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Cat 6 LTE, and USB 2.0 Type-C connector. The ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) will be available in Gold, Blue, Black, and White colour options.

The second variant is called the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL). It is priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 33,600), and comes with a “full metal body with an invisible antenna design”, which Asus claims is the world’s first. It features a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080 x1920 pixels) Super Amoled display, and is powered by the Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM. The smartphone (seen below) stores 64GB of inbuilt storage, with expansion via microSD card (up to 256GB).

The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) sports a 23-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX318 sensor with 4K video support. It packs a 3000mAh battery that supports fast charging (Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0) It supports connectivity options like WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Cat 6 LTE, and USB 3.0 Type-C connector. The Deluxe (ZS570KL) will be available in Gold, Silver, and Grey colour options. It is expected to hit the market in the third quarter of this year.

Lastly, the company also announced the large Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) that comes with a 6.8-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS LCD display. It is priced at $479 (roughly Rs. 32,200), and is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. The inbuilt storage is 64GB, which can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The smartphone (seen above) houses a 23-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX318 sensor. The ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) packs a nice 4600mAh battery with Quick Charge technology. The connectivity options include WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Cat 6 LTE, and USB 3.0 Type-C connector. The smartphone will be available in Grey, Silver, and Pink colour options.

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Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL)

General

Release date May 2016
Form factor Touchscreen
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Removable battery No
Colours Gold, Blue, Black, White
SAR value NA

Display

Screen size (inches) 5.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels

Hardware

Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
RAM 3GB
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128

Camera

Rear camera 16-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel

Software

Operating System Android

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
NFC No
Infrared No
USB OTG Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1  
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2  
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

Sensors

Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL)

General

Release date May 2016
Form factor Touchscreen
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Removable battery No
Colours Gold, Silver, Grey
SAR value NA

Display

Screen size (inches) 5.70
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels

Hardware

Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM 6GB
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 246

Camera

Rear camera 23-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel

Software

Operating System Android

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
NFC No
Infrared No
USB OTG Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1  
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2  
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

Sensors

Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL)

General

Release date May 2016
Form factor Touchscreen
Battery capacity (mAh) 4600
Removable battery No
Colours Grey, Silver, Pink
SAR value NA

Display

Screen size (inches) 6.80
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels

Hardware

Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128

Camera

Rear camera 23-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel

Software

Operating System Android

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
NFC No
Infrared No
USB OTG Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1  
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2  
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

Sensors

Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No