The new Asus Zenfone Pegasus 3 is an affordable Android 6.0 Marshmallow phone with a metal body

A few weeks ago, Asus took the wraps off its new Zenfone 3 series by announcing the Zenfone 3, the Zenfone 3 Deluxe, and the Zenfone 3 Ultra. Now the Asus Zenfone 3 series has a new member. Meet the Asus Zenfone Pegasus 3, a budget smartphone with promising specs.

Before we get to the details of the Asus Zenfone Pegasus 3, it's worth pointing out that the handset will be priced at CNY 1,300 (the equivalent of $200 at the current conversion rates) in China, the first market where Asus plans to launch the smartphone. The standard version of the Zenfone 3, which the cheapest handset in the series available at the moment, is priced at $249.99.

One thing that stands out about the Pegasus 3 when compared to the regular Zenfone 3 is that the new handset adopts an all-metal construction instead of the glass-and-metal sandwich build.

Under hood beats the heart of a 1.3GHz quad-core processor of currently unknown make. On the memory side, two versions of the Pegasus 3 will be available; one comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage while the other features 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. 

On the software side, the Asus Zenfone Pegasus 3 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow overlaid with the manufacturer's ZenfUI 3.0.

In the camera department, the Zenfone Pegasus 3 offers a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP selfie shooter on the front, which represents a downgrade compared to the 16MP / 8MP camera setup featured by the regular Zenfone 3.

Other specs include a fingerprint reader located on the back of the handset, dual-SIM capabilities, and a capacious 4,100mAh battery that should provide plenty of uptime given the relatively low power requirements of the hardware.

At this point, it's unknown when or if Asus will launch the Pegasus 3 outside of the Asian continent. What do you guys think, is anyone hoping for the Zenfone Pegasus 3 to make it to the US?

source: Fonearena



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

great bang for the buck! ill like to hop on one!

2. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Actually it's ***king expensive compared to the standard of other phone in China. And unfortunately, unlike Apple or Samsung, Asus lose to them brand awareness (in China), build quality, software quality and customer service, all of them

3. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Does it have the same screen size and resolution with the original ZF3?

4. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Looks like roughly 5.5". And at that price it rivals the honor 5x. But US launch is unsure.

5. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The oversaturation of Android phones is real. Another day. Another phone. Another typical metal body design. At least consumers have choice.

7. TerryTerius unregistered

Is it just me, or does it seem like a lot of Asian manufacturers wind up choosing the most random names for their products?

8. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Elephant, Yunicorn, Pegasus. At least not fruit names like Watermelon, Pineapple etc...

9. RandyDowns

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

A $250 phone should be competitive in the U.S.

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