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ASUS Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 3 Ultra unveiled

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These two completes the first set of phones under the newly announced Zenfone 3 series.

Aside from the high-end 6GB RAM ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe, here are the other handsets announced by ASUS at this year’s Computex.

The Zenfone 3 starts off with a new elegant design, moving away from the plastic materials used in the Zenfone 2. There’s now a glass covering the back of the phone, while the front houses the 5.5-inch 1080p display with three capacitive buttons at the bottom. The good thing about the ZF3 is that it uses the bottom bezel space which the ZF2 left out.

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Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and it comes with 3GB RAM – 1GB below its predecessor, Zenfone 2. The fingerprint scanner at the back isn’t circular like any other sensors from the other companies. Instead, it utilizes a rectangular-shaped sensor. ASUS is starting to adapt the latest upcoming standards as the Zenfone 3 will now ship with USB Type-C. This enables the handset to use a reversible connector.

ASUS Zenfone 3 ZE552KL Specs

  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, Zen UI
  • Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
  • 5.5-inch Full HD Gorilla Glass 3 Display, 1920×1080 resolution, ~401 ppi
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 625
  • Adreno 506
  • 3GB / 4GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB internal storage
  • expandable up to 128GB via microSD
  • 16-megapixel rear camera, laser/phase detection af, f/2.0, 4-axis OIS, dual-LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera, f/2.0
  • Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • HSPA+, LTE
  • Bluetooth v4.2, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • USB Type-C reversible connector
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Dimensions: 152.6 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm
  • Weight: 155 g
  • Colors: Sapphire Black, Moonlight White, Shimmer Gold
  • 3000mAh non-removable battery

The ASUS Zenfone 3 uses 16-megapixel camera with ASUS TriTech autofocus, a technology using a 2nd generation laser, phase detection and continuous autofocus to get a crisp photo in only 0.03 seconds. It has 32GB of internal storage and it’s expandable via microSD should you need more.

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The ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra is distinctively a phablet through and through. In fact, it even draws closer to the 7-inch tablet category with its crazy 6.8-inch display. While most manufacturers stopped producting these kind of smartphones, ASUS wants to try it out and see if it’ll work for them. The resolution is the same at 1920 x 1080 pixels, bearing a lower pixels-per-inch of 324.

ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra ZU680KL Specs

  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, Zen UI
  • Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
  • 6.8-inch Full HD Gorilla Glass 3 IPS Display, 1920×1080 resolution, ~324 ppi
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 652
  • Adreno 510
  • 3GB / 4GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB / 128GB internal storage
  • expandable up to 200GB via microSD
  • 23-megapixel rear camera, laser/phase detection af, f/2.0, 4-axis OIS, dual-LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera, f/2.0
  • Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • HSPA+, LTE
  • Bluetooth v4.2, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • USB Type-C reversible connector
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Dimensions: 186.4 x 93.9 x 6.8 mm
  • Weight: 233 g
  • Colors: Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray, Metallic Pink
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4600 mAh battery

The Zenfone 3 Ultra utilizes a Snapdragon 652 processor and 4GB RAM. There’s a large 4,600 battery and it can be charged rapidly with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. Interestingly, the ZF3 Ultra uses a physical home button instead of the capacitive ones found on the base model.

The Zenfone 3 price starts at $249 (Php11,700), while the Zenfone 3 Ultra will go for $479 (Php22,400). No information about release dates as of the moment.

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