Introduction


What defines a flagship smartphone? More times than not, a flagship handset is defined by an incredibly high price. Devices such as Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S series are flagship product lines, and as such, they carry price tags of $600 and up. However, as recent times have shown, a flagship smartphone for a company doesn’t necessarily need to carry an enormous sticker price.

OnePlus first shook the industry in 2014 with the announcement of the OnePlus One - a smartphone with flagship specifications for a much cheaper price. This created for somewhat of an explosion in the smartphone industry, as we’ve been increasingly seeing more and more ‘flagship’ smartphones that cost less than similar products we’ve seen in the past.

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is currently the highest-end smartphone that Asus is selling, resulting in it being the company’s flagship. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe has a lot to offer at a cost that’s very competitive when compared to similarly-speced devices, but does it bring enough to the table, or does it fall flat?

In the box
  • Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe
  • ZenEar earbuds
  • USB A to UBS C charging cable
  • AC adapter
  • Warranty and safety information

Design

A sophisticated and well thought-out design

On the design side of things, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a very sophisticated and attractive slab of metal. The width of just 7.5-millimeters and weight of 170-grams keep the phone both lightweight and thin, but not too much so that it feels cheaply made. The rounded corners both look and feel fantastic, and the metal finish on the top and bottom bezels around the screen display a circular pattern that looks quite stunning under the right lighting conditions.


Along with its good looks, the Deluxe’s hardware is also insanely well-built and thought out. The volume rocker and power/lock button on the right hand side are both incredibly tactile and feel great to press, the capacitive buttons on the front light up when pressed, and the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone features the same rectangular shape that’s seen with the flash and laser-assisted autofocus systems that flank the square-shaped camera.


Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe

Dimensions

6.16 x 3.05 x 0.3 inches

156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser

Dimensions

5.87 x 2.99 x 0.31 inches

149 x 76 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.29 oz (150 g)

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe

Dimensions

6.16 x 3.05 x 0.3 inches

156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser

Dimensions

5.87 x 2.99 x 0.31 inches

149 x 76 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.29 oz (150 g)

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Display

The display isn’t necessarily bad, but we were expecting more from Asus’s cream of the crop

The front of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is where you’ll find the handset’s massive 5.7-inch screen. Along with its beefy size, you’re also getting a Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. The display as a whole looks fine and should get the job done for most people, but it’s definitely not the best we’ve ever seen either.

Colors are nice and bright thanks to the high-contrast nature of AMOLED technology, but they aren’t always the most accurate. The screen does a good job at getting very bright when faced with direct sunlight or other light sources, but the overall quality feels a bit lacking at times, mostly due to slightly colder than needed colors.

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6 Comments

1. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe totally deserve this score.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so, it only gets knocked for a mostly usable fingerprint scanner, lower than average battery life, and bad lowlight on the camera, while getting high praise in everything else and it's enough to knock it below a 7? I think they should start categorizing phones. seems like it's going against "high end" phones to get that score. Score it against phones in its own class.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

at first he said "ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a very sophisticated and attractive slab of metal" "The rounded corners both look and feel fantastic" "circular pattern that looks quite stunning" "Deluxe’s hardware is also insanely well-built and thought out" "The volume rocker and power/lock button on the right hand side are both incredibly tactile and feel great to press"" and then 6.9/10 as if the opening page is just a sarcastic praise, lol.. and this phone is around $500.. you can get discounted S7 (32GB) at that price.. oneplus 3T also a nice (and cheaper) choice

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Asus may have showed us the Galaxy S8 fingerprint scanner

4. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

UBS C correct it

7. redmd

Posts: 1925; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

At some countries it's around 700 USD.
ZenFone 3 Deluxe
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2400 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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