ZenFone 3 and its other two variants, Deluxe and Ultra, launches tomorrow in Taiwan. However, the global release date for the new Asus outing is still unknown. Still, a few details about the device has emerged. Based on these details, we try to give a verdict on whether you should buy the new ZenFone.
The specifications of the ZenFone 3 appears on a page by GSM Arena. However, it must be noted that the page reports a June 2016 release date for the device, which is not accurate. Hence, some details on the information page may not be that accurate as well.
As per its platform, GSM Arena details that the ZenFone 3 features Android 6.01 Marshmallow. It bears a Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset and runs with Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53.
The device’s internal memory comes in two options: 32GB, 3GB RAM and 64GB, 4GB RAM. It can also accommodate additional memory through a microSD slot expandable up to 256GB. GSM Arena also details that the device’s camera will sport a 16-megapixel main camera and 8-megapixel front camera.
The new ZenFone’s physical and other technological attributes are as follows:
Display: 5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels
Body: 152.6 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm, 155 g
Dual SIM (Nano-Sim/Micro-Sim)
So, should you buy the ZenFone 3?
Deciding on whether or not to buy the device would depend on its specs and price. In an article by Phone Arena, the prices for the three ZenFone 3 variants were detailed. Accordingly, the ZenFone 3 is at $240 (AU$ 317.65), the Deluxe is for $499 (AU$ 660.44) and the Ultra stands at $479 (AU$ 633.97).
Considering the specifications of this device, the three different price tags are what you consider affordable. Hence, if you’re looking for a budget meets quality device, this is it.
If you’re main parameter for buying is the camera, the 16-megapixel primary shooter ought to convince you. GSM Arena’s information sheet details the following: f/2.0, laser/phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), dual-LED (dual tone) flash. This places the device at near stature with other higher-end phones. It’s 8-megapixel secondary camera is also powerful, given that it features f/2.0, 1080p.
Storage-wise, the smartphone is also a decent performer. A 32GB and 64GB internal storage is already enough, and you got more room with its expandable memory.
Unfortunately, the July 12 release date is only for Taiwan. There’s no news yet on when the ZenFone 3 comes out for Australia and New Zealand, as well as the rest of the world.