ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the World’s First Phone with Snapdragon 821

If you are already in the hunt for buying a Snapdragon 821 phone, things just got a bit easier for you. ASUS has announced that a new variant of its existing ZenFone 3 Deluxe handset, originally announced way back in Computex in May, will be the first to come with the new chipset which is an upgrade over the 820. It arrives in August.

The new chipset will bring a slightly overclock of Kryo cores to 2.4 Ghz as well as a higher clock to the Adreno 530 GPU, leading to a 10 percent increase in performance. But ASUS is keen to hit other areas as well.

Storage versions go all the way to 256 GB of UFS 2.0 storage (also expandable), while RAM options go all the way to 6 GB LPDDR4 for a truly beefy experience. There will be humbler packages with 4 GB RAM, 32 GB storage as well as 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage.

The display is a 5.7” panel albeit with 1080p resolution and Gorilla Glass 4. The design is completely made of metal, coming in Gold, Gray or Silver in a 7.5mm waistline. The camera is of 23 megapixel with dual-tone flash, laser autofocus, HDR, OIS and 4K video. There’s an 8 MP 85-degree shooter on the front, too.

Connectivity options include USB Type-C, NFC, Dual-SIM, LTE and Wi-Fi ac. The 3,000 mAh battery features support for Quick Charge 3.0. Topping off the package is a fingerprint scanner on the back.

Of course, when you just throw features as easily as ASUS does, the end-product isn’t cheap and the ZenFone 3 starting at $500 for the base (4 GB, 32 GB) variant, rising to $560 for the next model (6 GB, 64 GB) and climaxing at $780 for the ultimate (6 GB, 256 GB) thrill.


  • Ahsen

    If I’m not wrong this is the most powerful phone is smartphone history yet.
    23MP cam, 6GB Ram, Snapdragon 821 .
    Battery is the only weak point in this phone 3000 mAh only.

    • Taha Najam

      RAM has nothing to do with how fast the phone is. Unfortunately, as far as processing power goes, Apple’s Ax chipsets still beats the **** out of anything Qualcomm has to offer.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        Apple fan ?!
        bleugh !

        • Taha Najam

          To the contrary, I despise the company and can’t stand its products. But credit where credit’s due.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            i was jesting .. brah !
            you should know that by now :D

    • Muhammad Yasir

      if u put it THAT way…
      but not for long tho , mr.ninja.
      ALOT of chinese companies (with apparently a usually passive and budget-friendly brand included!) are gunning for SD 821 (aka 823 previously) , 6GB /4 GB rams as well as 20+ MPx cams !

      wait till end of Q3 2016 to see a market fairly populated by these sorta phones !

  • Taha Najam

    The 1080p screen is a joke. Upcoming flagships need to have at least 4k displays, to be future proof with Daydream in Android Nougat.

    • Muhammad Yasir

      2k … TWO KAY is still being explored by MAJORITY of phone makers …

      i appreciate your foresight but honestly … at this point everyone’s gonna watch battery life and profits… no one (or maybe 0.0000000000000000000000001% of world population may buy them) would be able to afford phones with 4k panels … since the panels themselves would be EXPENSIVE AF !

  • Muhammad Yasir

    get ready to tear some body parts out …
    COS THIS IS GONNA COST YOU 4 KIDNEYS :D

    (fair price for the top-end h/w on offer tho )