At Computex 2016, Asus introduced the third generation of the ZenFone series, and it looks like the long wait was worth it. The new ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and ZenFone 3 Ultra bring beautiful designs and attractive features at prices $249 to $499.
With ZenFone 3 you get a Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. A higher-end version features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage respectively.
The display is a 5.5-inch IPS LCD, you also get a USB Type C port (USB 2.0 connectivity though), 16MP and 8MP cameras, a fingerprint scanner on the back, and a 3,000 mAh battery. Camera features include laser-assisted autofocus, phase-detection autofocus, 4-axis OIS, a dual-tone flash, and super resolution mode (64MP).
ZenFone 3 Deluxe swaps the glass back for a metallic one with curved sides. The brushed metal finish will be available in three color options – black, gold, and a sexy electric blue called Chi.
The display is AMOLED and 5.7 inches in size, but resolution remains Full HD. The phone features Always On mode, similar to the LG G5 and Galaxy S7. As the top of the range, the ZenFone 3 combines a Snapdragon 820 processor with a whopping 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (UFS 2.0). The USB Type C port (USB 3.0 connectivity) with Quick Charge 3.0 .
The camera uses a 23MP IMX318 sensor from Sony and the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the first on the market with this sensor. Save for the enhanced super resolution mode (96MP), camera features remain similar to the ZenFone 3.
At 6.8 inches, the ZenFone 3 Ultra is bigger than any Xperia Ultra out there. This near-tablet goes back to LCD for its panel, but resolution stays at 1080p. Other specs include Snapdragon 652, 4GB of RAM, Quick Charge 3.0, USB 2.0, the same cameras as the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and a hefty 4,600 mAh power bank. There’s a heavy multimedia focus here, with a “TV grade” PixelWorks iris2+, dual speakers, and DTS Headphone: X 7.1 surround sound.