Asus today launched the Zenfone 3 Deluxe at an event held in Taipei. This was launched as part of Zenovolution, launched at Computex 2016. The Zenfone 3 Deluxe is a part of the Zenfone 3 Series. It features a 5.7 inch full HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. We took this new Asus flagship smartphone for a spin and here is what we think about it.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe Specifications
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Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe Physical Overview
The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is the flagship Asus smartphone. It comes with a fully metallic design, with premium looks and a really premium build quality. While the base Zenfone 3 model looks decent too, it comes with some distractions in the form of antenna lines. The Zenfone 3 Deluxe does away with them. Also gone is the glass back, giving way to metal. This makes it look even better.
The front has an 8 MP camera on the left. The earpiece has been placed in the center and the left side has the usual proximity and ambient light sensors.
At the bottom you will find the capacitive touch buttons below the display.
The volume rocker and the power button are placed on the right side of the Zenfone 3 Deluxe.
On the left side of the phone, you will find the hybrid SIM card slot. Above the SIM slot you will find a microphone.
On the back of the device, you will find the 23 MP camera with dual-tone LED flash, OIS, Laser auto focus and f/2.0 aperture. The fingerprint sensor has been placed below the camera.
The top of the phone houses the 3.5 mm audio jack.
The Asus Logo can be seen on the back of the device. A USB Type C port, microphone and the loud speaker grill is placed at the bottom of the device.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe User Interface
The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe runs on Android 6.0.1 with Asus ZenUI 3.0 skinned on top. While Asus has skinned the user interface heavily, it has added a plethora of features in ZenUI 3.0. In fact, you may actually find some of the apps very interesting. For example, there is an app that can help you measure the distance between you and an object using the laser autofocus.
The Zenfone 3 Deluxe also comes with a new homescreen feed called ZenLife, taking a page from HTC’s BlinkFeed. It features a Theme store too so you can customize your phone on the fly by downloading themes. We do wish Asus would have trimmed down its set of apps and features – it can be overwhelming, but many of those apps can be disabled.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe Display Overview
The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe comes with a 5.7 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Super AMOLED display. The display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The display comes with a pixel density of ~386 ppi.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe Camera Overview
The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe sports a 23 MP primary camera with laser/phase detection autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization and dual-tone dual LED flash. Asus has used a Sony camera sensor this time. The f/2.0 aperture, in addition to OIS should help produce some really good quality results. The main camera supports up to 2160p video recording at 30 FPS, just like other premium flagships out there.
On the front, there is an 8 MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. As a result, selfies and video calling experience should be really good.
Price and Availability
The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe comes in Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray, Shimmer Gold color options and has been priced at $499.
Asus needs some important upgrades to its Zenfone series and today’s launches could be exactly what they need. The Zenfone 3 Deluxe comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, fingerprint sensor, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and features a whopping 6 GB of RAM. The camera also looks really good, featuring a 23 MP Sony sensor and OIS. On paper, it looks like a really solid phone. We cannot wait to test the Zenfone 3 Deluxe thoroughly and post our review.