Asus has created the most expensive offering in its Asus ZenFone 3 family of smartphones the ZenFone 3 Deluxe. Armed with top-notch specifications, including a Super AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM, two processor options, the Snapdragon 820 and 821, and two storage options of 64GB and 256GB. It is a rather large phone too, with a 5.7-inch display, but more importantly, it is a price at a premium.
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Feature
We must point out that unlike many other AMOLED displays out there, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe does not over saturate the colours. Even then, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe gives the options to tweak with the display output. That said, the display on the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a good panel to use both outdoors and indoors. The Super AMOLED display is quite bright to be legible under harsh sunlight, and it manages to retain good contrast throughout. Rating: 7.5/10
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a very large phone. A 5.7-inch display always means a large form factor, unless the bezels are very thin. The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe is no exception. It has a 79% screen to body ratio, which, Asus claims to be a very good form factor. We definitely think that the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a very good looking and well-built phone. The body is that on an all-metal construction, and the antenna bands are cleverly hidden in the top and the bottom of the phone.
The best thing about the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe is that the device has its own identity. While most phones, especially the Chinese ones, just end up looking like each other, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe follows the company’s own design language. Rating: 6.8/10
3. Primary Camera
It has a 1/2.6-inch sensor that packs in 23 megapixels. The camera has an aperture of f/2.0, and the autofocus technology is in the form of laser-assisted phase-detect autofocus (PDAF). The primary camera also packs in 4-axis optical image stabilisation (OIS) technology, which is further supplemented by 3-axis electronic image stabilisation.
The AF, despite the entire tech onboard, tended to be a little inconsistent, especially while shooting videos. The camera is sharp in daylight but is not as sharp in terms of retaining detail as the OnePlus 3/3T or the Google Pixel XL. Rating: 7.6/10
4. Secondary Camera
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe is an 8-megapixel unit, with an aperture of f/2.0, and an 84-degree field of view. The front camera is not assisted by any kind of flash technology for taking low-light selfies, neither LEDs, not even a screen-simulated flash.
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Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe’s front facing camera is the interface, which is consistent throughout the ZenFone 3 family of devices. The moment you fire up the front-facing camera, the app throws up many “beauty” options, such as skin smoothening, buffing, face thinking and a lot more. Rating: 6.2/10
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe comes with top-of-the-line hardware specifications. The phone is offered in two variants. The first one comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage space. The second variant, which we reviewed, comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, 6GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage memory.
Our review unit, with the Snapdragon 821 processor, put through our regular testing processes, and it came out looking good in almost everything. Thanks to the massive RAM unit and the processor, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe scored quite high in all the benchmarks. The benchmark scores are right up there with the likes of OnePlus 3T and the Google Pixel XL. Rating: 7.0/10
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe came with Android 6.1 Marshmallow out of the box, but halfway through the review process, we received the update for Android 7.0 Nougat. This is overlaid with the company’s own ZenUI 3.0. The other good thing with the ZenUI 3.0 is that it is highly customizable, complete with themes that are both free and paid.
There are a lot of touch and motion gestures, which can help in muting calls, or wake the phone up from a stupor. The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe also makes good use of the AMOLED display in form of an ‘always-on’ clock face on the lock/sleep mode. Rating: 7.1/10
The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe comes with a 3000mAh battery, which, in most flagships, is the standard rating for a battery. However, we have come to expect bigger batteries in devices with larger form factors – case in point, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, which has a mammoth 5000mAh battery. Rating: 7.7/10
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Speciation
|Model||Zenfone 3 deluxe|
|Colors||Glacier Silver, titanium Gray, Shimmer Gold|
|Operating System||Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Display Features||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours|
|Size (in inches)||5.7 inch|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 820|
|Card Slot||microSD, up to 256 GB(use Sim 2 slot)|
|internal||64/128/256 GB, 4/6 GB RAM|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR|
|Alert Type||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.1, A2DP, LE, EDR|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|USB||V3.0, Type c 1.0|
|Type||Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery|
|Battery backup||Up to 10 h (multimedia)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, Fingerprint|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
Price in India: 49999