ZenFone 3 Max spotted in the wild ahead of May 30th unveiling

It recently became apparent that Asus' ZenFone 3—as with ZenFone models of times passed—will be more of a gang than just a single handset. Recent AnTuTu specs and an official teaser have pointed to at least three versions of the phone. As a reminder, we're expecting the standard ZenFone 3, the lesser-spec'd (yet stronger-sounding and potentially larger) ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ZenFone 3 Max, which should be the most powerful of the bunch. Along with a slew of new info on this upcoming trio, an apparent snap of the ZenFone 3 Max has been captured in the wild. 

It seems mandatory that leaked images of unreleased smartphones should be blurry and pixelated, and this Pepsi-sponsored snap of the ZenFone 3 Max does not break with tradition: 

A shot of a device purported to be the Asus ZenFone 3 Max
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Further information from ASUSClub gives some idea as to how the Max—set to pack a 5.9-inch 1080 x 1920 display—will measure up against its peers: 
Noting the camera position, the ZenFone 3 Max appears to be the largest model
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The accompanying report suggests that the range will boast "slim unibody design with metal frame," which sounds like a win for fans of nicely built smartphones. But things get a little confusing with regards to the different configurations. 

It was previously suspected that the ZenFone 3 would be the basic model with a display of around 5.5 inches whilst the Max would be similar but with beefier specs—both supposedly inclusive of the Snapdragon 820 chipset. The Deluxe, meanwhile, would be a larger (5.9-inch) but altogether underpowered version for those seeking a phablet experience, and would in turn get the Snapdragon 615. But it now seems to be the case that the ZenFone Max will be the larger model, if we match up the leaked snap with the graphic just below it.

ASUSClub implies that there could be up to four different editions of the device with 4.5, 5-, 5.5- and 6-inch displays. Needless to say, it's rather unclear what's what as far as the ZenFone 3 series is concerned. There may be several different color configurations in tow including gold, rose gold, silver, black and white. The highest-end model will supposedly see a 23 and 8-megapixel shooter on the front and back respectively, and all handsets should get the ZenUI 3 based on the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Nothing is certain for now, but at a time when most vendors are looking to simplify their device ranges, Asus appears to be going a different way. Hopefully, the company will put us out of our misery and reveal all at Computex in Taiwan on May 30th. 

Are you looking forward to the ZenFone 3 series? Let us know of your take in the comments. 

source: ASUSClub (translated), SOGI.com.tw via PocketNow

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13 Comments

1. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

The back of the max looks odd

2. antmiu2

Posts: 551; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

still waiting for marshmallow on my zenfone 2

11. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

me too //waiting

3. skyline88

Posts: 700; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

please maintain the 64GB/128GB options for Zenfone 3, dont ever screw up by offering 32GB.

4. prabhas2015

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Problem with Asus is they dont update the software, my asus zenfone 2 which is their flagship phone for 2015 with 4gb ram and 64 rom is still running on 5.0 lollypop...

5. TypicalGeek

Posts: 218; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

They still haven't updated to M? I was using Zenfone2 for awhile then I broke it. I'm sure ASUS said it would get M in February/March. I was really interested in Zenfone3 until you said Zenfone2 is still running L. Guess I gotta jump from Z5 to Note6.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

maybe soon, I've read somewhere that they already give M to zenfone laser last month, and this update also remove most of bloatware

6. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

23mp & 8mp cameras for front and back respectively ??? Typo detected beepbeepbeep lol I'm really looking forward to these as the main reason I didn't use my Zenfone 2 was that it was cheap and plastic ky and super thick but these look to fix that ☺

7. T-Dizzle

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

ZenFone 2 is supposed get marshmallow by the end of quarter 2, for those who are losing their minds. This looks like the ZenFone 2. I thought the led placement was in a different place on the 3.

8. T-Dizzle

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Nevermind, I see that the pictures are of the 2.

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

There's an Asus promo video floating around which briefly shows all three phones side by side.

13. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Finally they are using OnScreen button and snapdragon

14. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Either that person has very small hands, or that device is going to have a larger than 5.9 screen.

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