Qualcomm recently unveiled an upgrade for their 82x lineup with the Snapdragon 821 processor. However, until now the market lacked a commercial handset running on the latest chipset. Today, Asus, at their Taiwan and Hong Kong launch event, has announced an ameliorate for the Zenfone 3 Deluxe that will run on the Snapdragon 821 SoC and consequently, crowning it as the world’s first smartphone running on the newer chipset. In contrast, the phone was originally launched with the Snapdragon 820 earlier at the Computex trade show.


The improved Zenfone 3 Deluxe will feature a quad-core Kryo CPU cluster clocked at 2.4GHz along with 6GB of DDR4 RAM and an extensively sufficient 256GB of UFS 2.0 flash storage with support for MicroSD card too. Obviously, this isn’t a cheap product at all and can be touted as Asus’ costly offering priced heavily at ~$780. Everything else, although, has been kept identical. To recap, the other two variants pack the Snapdragon 820 clocked at 2.15Ghz with either 4GB of RAM with 32GB GB at $500 or 6GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage priced at $560. Moreover, it is worth noting that each of these handsets is officially certified for Google’s upcoming Daydream VR platform.

Additionally, the Zenfone 3 Deluxe comes bundled with Adreno 530 GPU, a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED panel on the front with Gorilla Glass 4 for protection and a non-removable 3000mAh battery underneath. The camera setup includes a 23MP rear lens with f/2.0 aperture with OIS, laser AF, dual-tone flash and lastly, an 8MP f/2.0 front-facing camera. There’s also a vertical fingerprint reader on the back, Quick Charge 3.0 technology and the phone flaunts an all-metal body without those ugly antenna lines.

It’s safe to conclude that Asus has stuffed its 2016 flagship with every necessary feature possible. For people who’re disappointed with the unavailability of a Quad HD display, an AMOLED Full HD definitely won’t feel outdated and more importantly, should provide better battery life. Even with the Snapdragon 821, the Zenfone 3 Deluxe is extremely costly overtaking entry-level flagships from established brands including Samsung, Apple and more. Asus currently hasn’t commented on availability here but the 821-powered variant will be up for sale later this year.

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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.