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Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Review

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe 6.9

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Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Review

Introduction


What defines a flagship smartphone? More times than not, a flagship handset is defined by an incredibly high price. Devices such as Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S series are flagship product lines, and as such, they carry price tags of $600 and up. However, as recent times have shown, a flagship smartphone for a company doesn’t necessarily need to carry an enormous sticker price.

OnePlus first shook the industry in 2014 with the announcement of the OnePlus One - a smartphone with flagship specifications for a much cheaper price. This created for somewhat of an explosion in the smartphone industry, as we’ve been increasingly seeing more and more ‘flagship’ smartphones that cost less than similar products we’ve seen in the past.

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is currently the highest-end smartphone that Asus is selling, resulting in it being the company’s flagship. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe has a lot to offer at a cost that’s very competitive when compared to similarly-speced devices, but does it bring enough to the table, or does it fall flat?

In the box
  • Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe
  • ZenEar earbuds
  • USB A to UBS C charging cable
  • AC adapter
  • Warranty and safety information

Design

A sophisticated and well thought-out design

On the design side of things, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a very sophisticated and attractive slab of metal. The width of just 7.5-millimeters and weight of 170-grams keep the phone both lightweight and thin, but not too much so that it feels cheaply made. The rounded corners both look and feel fantastic, and the metal finish on the top and bottom bezels around the screen display a circular pattern that looks quite stunning under the right lighting conditions.

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Review
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Review
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Review

Along with its good looks, the Deluxe’s hardware is also insanely well-built and thought out. The volume rocker and power/lock button on the right hand side are both incredibly tactile and feel great to press, the capacitive buttons on the front light up when pressed, and the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone features the same rectangular shape that’s seen with the flash and laser-assisted autofocus systems that flank the square-shaped camera.

That fingerprint sensor is a great addition to have, but it’s something that we’ve really come to expect with a phone in this price range. And, unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that well. I often found that I needed to place my finger perfectly in the middle of the sensor in order for it to work, as having my fingerprint scanned at even a slight angle would prompt me with a message on the screen saying that the Deluxe couldn’t get an accurate reading. The sensor is incredibly fast when it works, but it fails more times than it should – especially for phone that’s being touted as Asus’s top-notch offering.


Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe
6.16 x 3.05 x 0.3 inches
156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5 mm
6.00 oz (170 g)

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser
5.87 x 2.99 x 0.31 inches
149 x 76 x 7.9 mm
5.29 oz (150 g)

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser

OnePlus 3
6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches
152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

OnePlus 3

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches
150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
5.54 oz (157 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Display

The display isn’t necessarily bad, but we were expecting more from Asus’s cream of the crop

The front of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is where you’ll find the handset’s massive 5.7-inch screen. Along with its beefy size, you’re also getting a Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. The display as a whole looks fine and should get the job done for most people, but it’s definitely not the best we’ve ever seen either.

Colors are nice and bright thanks to the high-contrast nature of AMOLED technology, but they aren’t always the most accurate. The screen does a good job at getting very bright when faced with direct sunlight or other light sources, but the overall quality feels a bit lacking at times, mostly due to slightly colder than needed colors.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe 494
(Good)
3
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
7559
(Average)
2.4
2.76
(Good)
5.78
(Average)
OnePlus 3 409
(Good)
1
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
8280
(Poor)
2.08
7.42
(Average)
6.84
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 493
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6586
(Excellent)
2.03
1.47
(Excellent)
2.62
(Good)
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posted on 08 Feb 2017, 09:33

1. maple_mak (Posts: 736; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe totally deserve this score.

posted on 08 Feb 2017, 09:44 1

2. remixfa (Posts: 14461; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so, it only gets knocked for a mostly usable fingerprint scanner, lower than average battery life, and bad lowlight on the camera, while getting high praise in everything else and it's enough to knock it below a 7?

I think they should start categorizing phones. seems like it's going against "high end" phones to get that score. Score it against phones in its own class.

posted on 09 Feb 2017, 03:31

8. ibend (Posts: 5998; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


at first he said
"ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a very sophisticated and attractive slab of metal"
"The rounded corners both look and feel fantastic"
"circular pattern that looks quite stunning"
"Deluxe’s hardware is also insanely well-built and thought out"
"The volume rocker and power/lock button on the right hand side are both incredibly tactile and feel great to press""

and then 6.9/10
as if the opening page is just a sarcastic praise, lol..

and this phone is around $500..
you can get discounted S7 (32GB) at that price.. oneplus 3T also a nice (and cheaper) choice

posted on 08 Feb 2017, 09:53

3. CreeDiddy (Posts: 939; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Asus may have showed us the Galaxy S8 fingerprint scanner

posted on 08 Feb 2017, 11:47

4. user996 (Posts: 219; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


UBS C correct it

posted on 08 Feb 2017, 13:55

5. pacattack81 (Posts: 36; Member since: 08 Dec 2016)


I have this phone and their review is definitely wrong. The battery life is very similar to other phones they compare it to. Maybe they got a lemon? Their analysis of the screen truly makes me wonder about all of their reviews. I'm no display fanatic, but the colors are not cold, they're very warm and it can be adjusted in the settings. Put it side by side next to a few phones and you'll see how wrong this review is on the display.

They complain about 1080p, but if you put this phone up against the LG V20 the display is much better on the zenfone. I went to the store to try out the Google daydream and the rep had a V20 and we compared phones. The zenfone display totally blew it away.

The phone also has one of the best implementations of a blue light filter I've seen in a phone. This is important to people who read in low light situations.

They knock the speaker and that's the only thing I agree with. The speaker sucks...They might as well have not put one in the phone.

posted on 08 Feb 2017, 14:52 1

6. juandante (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


it's not iPhone so it's not rated >7 by iPhoneArena.

posted on 08 Feb 2017, 20:12

7. redmd (Posts: 1297; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


At some countries it's around 700 USD.

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Display5.7 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (386 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera23 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2400 MHz, Kryo processor
6 GB RAM
Size6.16 x 3.05 x 0.30 inches
(156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5 mm)
6.00 oz  (170 g)

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