Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe a Smartphone Standout With Snapdragon 821 CPU

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-07-13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe a Smartphone Standout With Snapdragon 821 CPU
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    Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe a Smartphone Standout With Snapdragon 821 CPU

    Asus' ZenFone 3 Deluxe will run on Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 821 processor, and that's just one of many of the smartphone's significant features.
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    ZenFone 3 Deluxe Gets the Snapdragon 821 CPU
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    ZenFone 3 Deluxe Gets the Snapdragon 821 CPU

    Asus made the surprising announcement that one version of its Deluxe will launch with the Snapdragon 821 processor, a chip that is substantially more powerful than last-generation options. The other ZenFone 3 models will run on the Snapdragon 820, which, while still quite powerful in its own right, won't match the 821's capability.
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    There's More Than Enough RAM Under the Hood
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    There's More Than Enough RAM Under the Hood

    To complement the CPU, Asus says that the ZenFone 3 Deluxe will come with 6GB of onboard memory—more than enough to ensure apps open quickly and resource-intensive programs are handled without trouble.
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    The Large Screen Displays Full-HD Resolution
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    The Large Screen Displays Full-HD Resolution

    The ZenFone 3 Deluxe's display is a bit of a mixed bag. While it's quite large at 5.7 inches, it will display full-HD resolution, rather than 4K video content. That said, the screen will be protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 technology and will have a blue light filter to reduce eyestrain, Asus said. But it would've been nice if it had a higher resolution.
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    There's Plenty of Data Storage Capacity
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    There's Plenty of Data Storage Capacity

    There are several ways to store content in the ZenFone3 Deluxe. The device comes with options for 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of onboard storage. In addition, users can plug a microSD card into the handset to add up to 128GB of storage. Asus also offers its WebStorage service, which provides 5GB of storage for free for life, and since the phone is running Android, users will have access to 100GB on Google Drive at no charge for two years.
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    It Has a Thin, All-Metal Case
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    It Has a Thin, All-Metal Case

    The ZenFone 3 Deluxe's design features an all-metal enclosure and is just 4.2mm thick. In addition, users will find a 0.14mm "diamond-cut" bezel around the device, as well as an invisible antenna design. The screen has hardly any bezel, and its rounded corners combine to create one of the better-looking smartphones on the market.
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    The Fingerprint Sensor Supports Extra Features
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    The Fingerprint Sensor Supports Extra Features

    Like so many other devices available now, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe ships with a fingerprint sensor that will provide users with a bit more security when unlocking their device. However, the sensor comes with some other nifty features, including the ability to recognize up to five fingers. The sensor can even recognize a fingerprint regardless of the way the user is holding the smartphone.
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    The Camera Is Top Notch
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    The Camera Is Top Notch

    The ZenFone 3 Deluxe includes a 23-megapixel camera and a "super resolution" feature that can digitally boost that to 92 megapixels. The rear-facing camera features continuous auto-focus and both optical and electronic image stabilization. There's even high dynamic range support. These features make the ZenFone 3 Deluxe's rear-facing camera stellar.
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    Asus Invested in High-Quality Audio
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    Asus Invested in High-Quality Audio

    Asus paid attention to audio quality in the ZenFone 3 Deluxe. According to the company, the device has earned the coveted Hi-Res Audio certification and comes with five-magnet speaker construction. Ultimately, the smartphone is capable of delivering audio quality that's four times greater than CD quality.
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    ZenFone 3 Deluxe Joins Fast-Charging Handset Crowd
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    ZenFone 3 Deluxe Joins Fast-Charging Handset Crowd

    The Android smartphone market is filled with products that offer fast-charging capabilities, and the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is no exception. According to Asus, the 3,000mAh unremovable battery built into the smartphone can reach 60 percent battery capacity in just 39 minutes. For those who travel often, that's a nice feature.
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    There's a High-Grade Graphics Processor Too
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    There's a High-Grade Graphics Processor Too

    Given the recent rash of popular games hitting smartphones, it's perhaps important to note that the ZenFone 3 Deluxe should perform just fine on the graphics side. The device runs the Adreno 530 GPU, which is more than sufficient for just about any high-end video game, graphics app or design program. The Adreno 530, coupled with the Snapdragon 821, should future-proof customers for years to come.
 

Asus made a splash in the smartphone market July 12 by announcing that its ZenFone 3 Deluxe, a high-end smartphone that it unveiled at the Computex show in Taiwan at the end of May, will be the first to run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 processor. While other versions of the device will run on the Snapdragon 820, that Asus is getting to market first with what many consider to be a top-notch mobile CPU is notable. But the processor is just one of many significant features smartphone buyers will find in the ZenFone 3 Deluxe. The smartphone has a big, 5.7-inch screen, an outstanding design and, like many other Android-based devices, fast-charging capabilities. But whether the handset will be able to break out from a pack led by Apple and Samsung remains to be seen. For a long time, after all, Asus has been an afterthought in the smartphone market. Despite its market position, Asus is putting its best foot forward with the ZenFone 3 Deluxe. This eWEEK slide show discusses some of the handset's most prominent features. Read on to learn more about the best Asus smartphone yet.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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