Potential Asus ZenFone 3 caught on benchmarks

Potential Asus ZenFone 3 caught on benchmarks
Mid-range phones keep getting better and cheaper, making them much more reliable and better purchase options for budget-conscious buyers. One of the kings of that segment has been the Asus ZenFone, and it looks like Asus might be testing out new ZenFone 3 models, because there are two versions that have popped up on a benchmarking site.

Interestingly, there are two models that have shown up -- the Z010DD and the Z012D. That alone indicates we're looking at potential ZenFone 3 models because the ZenFone 2 came with model numbers Z008 and Z00AD. Also of note, it looks like Asus is giving up on the Intel chips that it used for the ZenFone 2 and is switching to Qualcomm this time around. 

The Z012D appears to be the higher-end model with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 and 3GB of RAM to go with a 12-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera, while the Z010DD looks like a lower-end model. It brings a bigger display at 5.9-inches, but with a lower 720p resolution, along with a Snapdragon 615 and 3GB of RAM. 

Assuming the pricing stays the same, we'd be looking at devices in the $200 to $300 range, which sounds about right for those specs. No word on when we might see them released though. 

source: GFX Bench 1 & 2 via pocketnow



1. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

I'm praying they use backlit keys this time...

2. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

More than 200$ would be too much for thr SD650 based model. Over the 200$ model from last year is adds 1GB of RAM and replaces the SoC with something more appealing but cheap enough.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

$300 for the SD650 and 3GB ram is still a pretty good deal The SD650 will perform similar to the SD808 Not 2016 flagship quality, but no slouch either

8. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

I compared this to the Zenfone 2 with the Z3580 (which I have and love), and unfortunately they only both had performance for like one of the same tests, but SD650 was far below. If they don't increase performance and keep battery life same, or keep performance same and increase battery life, (by a noticeable margin in either case), I'm not gonna spend money on Asus, I'll just get a OnePlus 3 probably, of maybe import a Xaomi, or Meizu...or heck, the new LeTV phone could be sweet. But honestly, a huge part of my draw to Asus was simply that it has an Intel processor. With SD650 and 3GB RAM, this can't be their flagship model.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Source? I'm pretty sure the 650 would be better than Z3580 in both performance and efficiency But you're probably right that the OnePlus 3, or Xaomi/Meizu/LeTV flagships will probably bring better value

11. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

No way the SD650 outperforms the Z3580.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It highly likely IMO The 808 already outperforms the Z3580 The 650 will likely outperform the 808 We will see who's right in another month or so

15. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

You may be right but whatever Asus did with it in the Zenfone 2 is impressive. Smoothest phone I've ever owned. Software plays a part in that with Exynos powered Samsungs still being laggy despite a very powerful soc.

3. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Asus should go for sd820 this year, other we will be frustrated. At least they should use sd652.

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Looks like I'll be keeping my Zenfone 2 especially since it'll be upgraded to Marshmallow. The success of the Zenfone 2 is due to flagship performance for a great price. This is just another mid-ranger.

14. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

The 650 is actually quite powerful

6. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I'm quite feeling odd why there were no Zenfones (except the Zoom) this year released..

7. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

For SD650 in year 2016 new version? Lol

10. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Might fail to appeal enough... SD652 would be better.

12. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Asus was only significant customer of Intel in smartphone market. They doesn't have a new chip to offer Asus. No suprise Asus has move on. Goldmont was supposed to be a quad core with near Apple A8 level single core performance at Geekbench, but it isn't impressive anymore comparison to latest ARM CPUs. Seems like Intel is mostly done in smartphone SoC business.

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