Snapdragon 821-powered ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe launches in Taiwan at a hefty price

The ASUS ZenFone 3 has become the world's first Snapdragon 821-powered smartphone to make it to the market. The model is now on sale in ASUS' homeland of Taiwan at the rather fortuitous price of near $800 (5320 Yuan). The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is sold in Silver and Gold finishes, and while the former will ship September 12, the latter is scheduled for September 23.

Interestingly, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe was also the first handset to be announced sporting Qualcomm's upgraded flagship silicon. This happened over two months ago, and in that time, no other manufacturer stepped forth to announce a competing handset and take advantage of ASUS's slow, but deliberate pace.

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe stands up to its name with a sprawling spec sheet that also includes a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 1080p resolution screen, 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 256GB of fast UFS 2.0 storage memory, a 23MP Sony IMX318 camera (with OIS, laser autofocus, and RGB color sensor) and an 8MP front camera. Powered by a 3000mAh battery and featuring Qualcomm Fast Charging 3.0 support, the smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 skinned with ASUS' Zen UI 3.0. It also features dual-SIM connectivity and a fingerprint scanner.

Rated as around 10% more powerful than the Snapdragon 820, the 821 sees the original chipset's clock frequencies bumped up to 2.34 GHz and 2.19 GHz for each of the two pairs of cores (up from 2.15GHz and 1.59 GHz, respectively). The GPU is also clocked faster – 653MHz against 624MHz in the original. On paper, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is most powerful Android smartphone currently available – it will be so for a while.

source: GizmoChina



1. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Typo in the title. ASUS, NOT ASUS.

3. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013


5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

ASUS, not ASIS. Luis, go fix title! Besides, SD821 still not better than E8890. IMO

2. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Smapdragon and Asis? The heading is not what I know.

4. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Luis is high.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

too much note7 fume

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

First time: Norweigan. Second time: Goolge. This time: ASIS? Come on PhoneArena. This is third time already!

7. fyah_king unregistered

Hefty price? This thing is a bargain compared to the iPhone 7plus.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.. compare it to i7+ with same storage size

17. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Unlike iPhone which has 0 competition since no one else has iOS this thing has to compete with hundreds of great Android phones for less than 600$. ITS DOA. Dead on arrival.

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Hope the new pixel phones comes with the snapdragon 821.

11. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

Not sure if ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe or ASUS Note 3?

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

zf2 is good mid-ranger last year... (except for camera and battery life :P) but this one? 1080p, 3000mAh at note7 price? :-/ guess they really confident about this phone and it have some great feature (epic camera or quad-DAC, or whatever, lol...) if not, it should be priced $500 based on specs above

14. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

There was always an expensive ZenFone 2 as well. 256GB internal

13. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Asus zenphones were a hit because it was priced very competitive and with descent specs. Asus new Z3 line up especially the De luxe are a disappointment price wise.

15. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Dont worry there will be a s**tbunch of Zenfone Gos and Lasers and Maxes. Laser one I really dont get the branding: even the normal model has Laser AND a better camera. Its misguided at best; straight up deception at worst

16. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

For 800$ asus will give you fully loaded Bloated software

18. blueghost211

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

The price man! Jeez. 821 or not, this is DOA. Also, quit using those Kit Kat capacitive symbols. That's horrible no matter if someone better off uses it. *Cough* Samsung. No. Just no.

19. TheOracle1

Posts: 2216; Member since: May 04, 2015

Too expensive compared to the competition, coming from a Zenfone 2 owner. Op3, Axon 7 etc will destroy it. Who can tell the difference between an SD820 and 821 in everyday use?

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