At $499+, would you say the new Asus flagship is as tempting as its predecessor? (poll results)

Announced yesterday, the Zenfone 3 Deluxe marks an important step for Asus. Known for its laptop and desktop computers, Asus has nevertheless been trying to penetrate the smartphone market for some time now, and with last year's Zenfone 2 family that meant getting a name for itself with incredible value propositions. But with the Zenfone 3 Deluxe, which takes the flagship mantle from the Zenfone 2 (Deluxe), the company will be approaching 2016 with a different set of goals.

Starting at $499, the Zenfone 3 Deluxe still is on the affordable side as far as flagship devices go, but also noticeably more expensive than its predecessor. At the same time, however, Asus is offering a seemingly better rounded smartphone, with a glass-on-metal design and no-compromise, bleeding edge hardware. So you're paying more, but you're also getting moreā€”at least on paper.

Is that preferable, however? We thought we'd ask, and you guys took our call. 

At $499+, would you say the new Asus flagship is as tempting as its predecessor?

The upgrades are well worth it, so yes
I would've preferred the old value proposition, so no

Not an unequivocal ruling, sure, and it also ought to be pointed out that readers that tend to participate in polls are more likely to own a flagship device in our findings, but these numbers still show that Asus has a green light at least as far as more dedicated buyers are concerned. What remains to be seen is whether the mass market feels the same way.

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ZenFone 3 Deluxe
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2400 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. Elfmonster unregistered

I'd say if they release the 6.8 in America I'll buy it day one.

2. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

This is fantastic. ASUS & ZTE are showing us all what can be done at a reasonable price. I love my iPhone, but I will seriously have to consider these brands when I come to upgrade.

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Zuk z2 is launched for less thn 300$ thats a flagship man!!

7. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

+1 .. Seriously !! .. ZUK Z2 really impressed me .. However, UI experience and Camera is to be seen .. Asus 2016 is kinda little more expensive compared to its previous record !!

8. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

Z2 screen is too small for my taste. I like 5.5-5.7. I want the new Zenfone 3 Deluxe, but I don't think I can afford it. I'll probably end up with the OnePlus 3.

4. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

the Ultra version is going to be in a tough fight with Mi Max.

5. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

Why couldn't they drop some front facing stereo speakers on there

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1927; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Snapdragon 820, 6GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage for $499? That's an awesome deal.

10. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

The 256GB storage model is not the one for $499. $499 gets you 64GB storage.

9. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

I would've rather spent a little more to get the SD652 in the Zenfone 3. That would've been preferred. The base model isn't enough of an upgrade for me from my Zenfone 2, and the Deluxe is probably or of my price range.

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