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ZenFone 3 release date, specs, and price revealed

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The ZenFone 3 series is slated to be released sometime in August this year, revealed ASUS CEO Jerry Shen in an interview during a media tour today.

Taiwan's largest smartphone manufacturer is expected to release three ZenFone 3 models - ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3, and ZenFone 3 Ultra.

ASUS ZenFone 3 series

ASUS ZenFone 3 series

Similar to rival Apple iPhone, ASUS is marketing the 5.7 inch ZenFone 3 Deluxe as the flagship, followed by the 5.5 inch ZenFone 3 which enters as a mid-range device.

Finally the ZenFone 3 Ultra is aimed at multimedia-heavy users with its immersive 6.8 inch screen, 4k television grade hardware video processor, and powerful, dual channel speakers.

With the ZenFone 3 series, ASUS took extra steps to streamline the product line, aligning even the notebooks into the Zen X branding, calling it the Zenbook 3.

ASUS is expected to release three laptop / convertible devices in the same month - ZenBook 3, Transformer 3, and the Transformer 3 Pro.

ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) Technical Specifications

Zenfone 3 Deluxe has a 23MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera with OIS, TriTech Auto focus, and LED flash

Zenfone 3 Deluxe has a 23MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera with OIS, TriTech Auto focus, and LED flash

Display: 5.7" AMOLED @ 1920x1080 + Gorilla Glass 4
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
GPU: Adreno 530
Memory: Up to 6GB RAM
Storage: Up to 256GB ROM (expandable)
Card Slot: MicroSD, up to 128GB (uses SIM slot 2)
Camera (front): 8MP f/2.0
Camera (rear): 23MP Sony IMX318 + color correction sensor, dual LED flash, OIS, Triple-AF (laser, PDAF, continuous), real-time HDR
SIM: dual 3G/4G (micro-SIM, nano-SIM/microSD)
GPS: GPS, AGPS, GLONESS, BEIDUO
OS: Android 6 (Marshmallow) + ZenUI 3
Battery: 3000mAh (Quick Charge 3.0)
Features: Type-C USB, fingerprint sensor
Colors: Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver, Sand Gold
Price: $499

Click here to watch our ZenFone 3 Deluxe hands-on review.

ZenFone 3 Technical Specifications

ZenFone 3

ZenFone 3

There are two variants of the ZenFone 3, a 5.5-inch version with a 3000 mAh battery and a 5.2-inch version with a 2650 mAh battery.

ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) Technical Specifications:

Display: 5.5" Super IPS+ @ 1920x1080 + Gorilla Glass
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU: Adreno 506
Memory: Up to 4GB RAM
Storage: Up to 64GB ROM (expandable)
Card Slot: MicroSD, up to 128GB (uses SIM slot 2)
Camera (front): 8MP f/2.0
Camera (rear): 16MP Sony IMX298 + color correction sensor, dual LED flash, OIS, Triple-AF (laser, PDAF, continuous), real-time HDR
SIM: dual 3G/4G (micro-SIM, nano-SIM/microSD)
GPS: GPS, AGPS, GLONESS, BEIDUO
OS: Android 6 (Marshmallow) + ZenUI 3
Battery: 3000mAh (Quick Charge 3.0)
Features: Type-C USB, fingerprint sensor
Colors: Shimmer Gold, Aqua Blue, Sapphire Black, Moonlight White
Price: TBD

ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) Technical Specifications:

Display: 5.2" Super IPS+ @ 1920x1080 + Gorilla Glass
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU: Adreno 506
Memory: Up to 3GB RAM
Storage: Up to 64GB ROM (expandable)
Card Slot: MicroSD, up to 128GB (uses SIM slot 2)
Camera (front): 8MP f/2.0
Camera (rear): 16MP Sony IMX298 + color correction sensor, dual LED flash, OIS, Triple-AF (laser, PDAF, continuous), real-time HDR
SIM: dual 3G/4G (micro-SIM, nano-SIM/microSD)
GPS: GPS, AGPS, GLONESS, BEIDUO
OS: Android 6 (Marshmallow) + ZenUI 3
Battery: 2650mAh (Quick Charge 3.0)
Features: Type-C USB, fingerprint sensor
Colors: Shimmer Gold, Aqua Blue, Sapphire Black, Moonlight White
Price: $249

Click here to watch our ZenFone 3 hands-on review.

ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) Technical Specifications

ASUS ZenFone 3 Ulra - Front

ASUS ZenFone 3 Ulra - Front

Display: 6.8" IPS @ 1920x1080 + Gorilla Glass 4 + Tru2Life+
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
GPU: Adreno 510
Memory: Up to 4GB RAM
Storage: Up to 128GB ROM (non-expandable)
Card Slot: MicroSD, up to 128GB (uses SIM slot 2)
Camera (front): 8MP f/2.0
Camera (rear): 23MP Sony IMX318 + color correction sensor, dual LED flash, OIS, Triple-AF (laser, PDAF, continuous), real-time HDR
SIM: dual 3G/4G (micro-SIM, nano-SIM/microSD)
GPS: GPS, AGPS, GLONESS, BEIDUO
OS: Android 6 (Marshmallow) + ZenUI 3
Battery: 3000mAh (Quick Charge 3.0)
Features: Type-C USB, fingerprint sensor
Colors: Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver, Rose Pink
Price: $479

Click here to watch our ZenFone 3 Ultra hands-on review.

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