3 DAYS LEFT UNTIL TNW Conference 2021 – join us in Amsterdam for face-to-face business!

The heart of tech

This article was published on July 12, 2016

ASUS’ ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the world’s first Snapdragon 821-based smartphone

ASUS’ ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the world’s first Snapdragon 821-based smartphone
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
Story by

Abhimanyu Ghoshal

Managing Editor

Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and culture. Hit him up on Twitter, or write in: [email protected].

Hot on the heels of Qualcomm’s announcement about its latest mobile processor, ASUS has revealed its next smartphone that’s filled to the gills with top-end specifications – the ZenFone 3 Deluxe.

The Deluxe is the first handset to feature the Snapdragon 821, which is a follow-up to the mighty 820 that powers phones like Samsung’s Galaxy S7, Xiaomi’s Mi 5 and the HTC 10. The new chip promises a 10 percent increase in performance over its predecessor and a maximum clock speed of 2.4 GHz for its quad-core CPU.

Also under the hood are an Adreno 530 GPU, up to 6GB DDR4 RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. Those are available in the top-of-the-line variant; the other two feature a Snapdragon 820 chip along with your choice of 6GB RAM and 64GB of space, or 4GB RAM with 32GB of storage.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe

All that is packed into an 5.7-inch all-metal unibody chassis with a 1080p screen protected by Gorilla Glass 4. There’s a 23-megapixel camera on the back with optical image stabilization and three technologies working in tandem for a focus time of 0.03 seconds, along with a fingerprint reader. A 3,000mAh battery powers the device; ASUS says its Quick Charge 3.0 juices it up to 60 percent in just 39 minutes.

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe starts at NT$15,990 (roughly $500) for the 4GB variant and goes up to NT$24,990 (about $780) for the Snapdragon 821-based model. The range will first become available in Taiwan and Hong Kong in August, but we’ll have to wait until later in the year for the top-end variant.

With that, ASUS might well have created the most powerful phone on the market for 2016 – but of course, you’ll want to see how it performs on benchmarks once it’s out.

It’ll be interesting to see if other manufacturers can match the Deluxe’s specifications at a lower price point later this year – we’re looking at you, OnePlus.