Snapdragon 821-powered ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe launches in Taiwan at a hefty price
posted by Luis D. / Sep 09, 2016, 3:01 AM
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.
Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012
Typo in the title. ASUS, NOT ASUS.
posted on Sep 09, 2016, 3:06 AM 1
Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013
Smapdragon and Asis? The heading is not what I know.
posted on Sep 09, 2016, 3:08 AM 5
Hefty price? This thing is a bargain compared to the iPhone 7plus.
posted on Sep 09, 2016, 3:19 AM 10
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
posted on Sep 09, 2016, 4:08 AM 0
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.
posted on Sep 09, 2016, 4:22 AM 0
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
posted on Sep 09, 2016, 4:27 AM 0
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