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Potential Asus ZenFone 3 caught on benchmarks

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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

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posted on 21 Jan 2016, 20:48 3

1. Derass (Posts: 115; Member since: 06 Aug 2015)

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

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 21:43

2. realjjj (Posts: 375; Member since: 28 Jan 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.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 23:49

4. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; Member since: 10 Feb 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

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 04:58

8. HR_19 (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Aug 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.

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 05:05

9. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


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

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 09:05

11. TheOracle1 (Posts: 469; Member since: 04 May 2015)

No way the SD650 outperforms the Z3580.

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 15:28

13. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; Member since: 10 Feb 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

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 06:21

15. TheOracle1 (Posts: 469; Member since: 04 May 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.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 23:09 1

3. fonelover (Posts: 250; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)

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

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 01:22

5. TheOracle1 (Posts: 469; Member since: 04 May 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.

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 17:49

14. SenorThrottles (Posts: 284; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)

The 650 is actually quite powerful

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 03:54

6. legiloca (Posts: 1461; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

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

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 04:17

7. Andrewtst (Posts: 679; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

For SD650 in year 2016 new version? Lol

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 08:01

10. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

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

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 10:55

12. Guaire (Posts: 741; Member since: 15 Oct 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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