Asus ZenFone 3 series to feature USB Type-C ports

After the original ZenFone series, and the ZenFone 2 family, Asus is now working on a new line-up of Android smartphones - unsurprisingly called ZenFone 3.

Asus CEO Jonney Shih recently confirmed the ZenFone 3 naming to Trusted Reviews, while also suggesting that handsets included in the new series will feature USB Type-C ports. More exactly, Jonney Shih was asked if Asus was ready to adopt USB Type-C for its smartphones. The answer: “I think Type-C is the way to go, frankly speaking. You will see the answer when you see the ZenFone 3."

While there's no word on when the ZenFone 3 family will be announced, it's probably safe to assume that it's not going to happen this year. As you may know, the original ZenFone line was released in early 2014, while the ZenFone 2 series was launched in the first half of this year. So we're expecting ZenFone 3 devices to be unveiled starting early 2016.

Like the current ZenFone 2 family, the ZenFone 3 line-up will most probably include high-end, mid-range, and low-end smartphones. Will all of them come with USB Type-C ports? Well, we'll just have to wait and see.

Google is already using USB Type-C ports on its new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X smartphones, and so is OnePlus, on its OnePlus 2. You can find out more about USB Type-C here.

P.S.: Pictured above is the Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML.

source: Trusted Reviews



13. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hope Intel fixes their battery hogging problems by then...

11. willy42

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Stop with the effing incremental upgrades. Really? Should anyone get a new phone just to get a slightly faster SoC and a type-C connector? And PA, please specify the USB version (USB 2.0, 3.0, or 3.1), not just that it's a C-type port.

16. kingsfan626

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Who says you need to buy an effing phone every year? If any manufacturer decides to update every 2 years expect them to go bankrupt the following year when no one buys their device.

10. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

Back-light the capactive keys!

9. tagarev

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 26, 2015

i wish Asus will make the zenfone 3 optional dual sim (use sim 2 slot for memory card)

15. kingsfan626

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

They already include memory card why would you need 2 slots for memory?

8. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

And fat bezels.

7. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Intel Morganfield! It won't launch until 2H16

6. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

USB Type-C has no benefits at all right now for early adopters of the tech so until more uses are found for it I'd rather stick with Micro USB so all my cables and accessories are still compatible.

12. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

really? no benefits? do you have a usb type c device?

14. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

I said right now it's giving no real benefits with very few accessories and not even giving a faster charge rate. But if you want to be an early adopter I'm glad to hear it because the more using it now the faster other devices become compatible.

5. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Where is zenfone zoom?Lol.

4. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

-Get rid of ugly UI -Change the naming -Bring it to my country this time.

2. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Get rid of that horrible skin :(

1. bubblechaos

Posts: 114; Member since: May 04, 2015

Please use an Intel chipset. No snapdragon plox!

3. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I would like to see wider use of exynos, personally. But, Intel also sounds good is SD810 is really that hot.

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