ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe Now Featuring the Snapdragon 821

Today in Taipei ASUS revealed that its flagship 5.7-inch ZenFone 3 Deluxe is getting a chipset upgrade from Snapdragon 820 to the 10% faster Snapdragon 821 which was just announced yesterday. If you’re keeping track that would be the world’s first device to feature this 2.4GHz processor.

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The metallic ZenFone 3 Deluxe will now come in three different flavors, the top model getting all the bells and whistles running 6GB of DDR4 RAM plus 256GB of UFS 2.0 internal storage (expandable by up to 128GB via microSD using the second SIM slot). If you’re wondering how much this will set you back, it’s not budget at NT$24,990 or around US$780. The other two variants are more affordable but sporting the 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820, with either 4GB RAM with 32GB storage (NT$15,990 or around US$500) or 6GB RAM with 64GB storage (NT$17,990 or around US$560).

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The rest of the features of the Smartphone are identical, they’ve all got a 1080p Super AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 4, a 3,000 mAh battery, NFC, 23-megapixel f/2.0 main camera (with OIS, laser AF and dual-tone flash). 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera and fingerprint reader on the back. The trio all sport a Cat 13 LTE radio, a slightly faster Adreno 530 GPU, dual-SIM support (Micro SIM plus Nano SIM) and Quick Charge 3.0. Something that wasn’t heavily highlighted at Computex a few months ago was that they are certified for Google’s Daydream VR platform.

The series will become available in Taiwan and Hong Kong as early as August, all though the Snapdragon 821 variant will to arrive later.

If you’re wondering what it was like to attend the event today, I thought I would include a few photos of models. I have to admit, I love the fact that ASUS had some great eye candy not only for the fellas out there but also the ladies.

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