Zenfone 3 Announced and Looks Like A Winner!!

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    At Computex, Asus,the Taiwanese giant announced three new Android M smartphones: ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Ultra. At $249 the base model that has the best appearance due to the 2.5D Gorilla Glass on both sides, as well as the spun-metal finish on the back (underneath the glass). The Z3 has four color options: "Shimmer Gold," "Aqua Blue," "Sapphire Black" and "Moonlight White." The sandblasted metallic frame around it adds a nice touch, too.

    The Z3 comes with a 5.5" 1080p IPS display and a Snapdragon 625 capped at 2 GHz, so its 3,000 mAh battery should last quite some time. You also get Cat 6 LTE (300 Mbps downlink, 50Mbps uplink), dual-SIM support (one Micro SIM and one Nano SIM), 802.11ac MU-MIMO WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2 and a mid-range Adreno 506 GPU as part of the package. The price point $249., offers 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, and you can add more storage with a microSD card via the second SIM slot.

    The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is powered by a Snapdragon 820, 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display and also does Cat 13 LTE with tri-band carrier aggregation (150 Mbps uplink), USB 3.0 connectivity and Quick Charge 3.0. It also has a sharper camera; in fact, it's the first smartphone to use Sony's 23-megapixel IMX 318 sensor, and apart from the added 4K video recording support plus the fact that the super resolution mode has been bumped up to 92 megapixels, the feature set is otherwise identical to that on the ZenFone 3. Starting at $499, you get 6GB of RAM plus 64GB of UFS 2.0 internal storage, and there'll be a 256GB variant arriving later.

    Lastly, the ZenFone 3 Ultra is a 6.8-inch phablet with a 1080p LCD (95-percent NTSC gamut), a PixelWorks iris2+ TV grade processor (for optimized 4K playback), two speakers at the bottom and DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound (a world-first, apparently), so it's clearly made with multimedia entertainment in mind. As a bonus, there's a larger 4,600 mAh battery that can act reverse charge other devices over a 1.5A current. Priced at $469 with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage and uses the octa-core Snapdragon 652.
    Stay tuned as the launch date has not been announced. IMO, the Z3 entry level device is the way to go.
    Which one suits your fancy?

    NETWORK
    Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
    LAUNCH
    Announced 2016, May
    Status Coming soon
    BODY
    Dimensions 156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5 mm (6.16 x 3.05 x 0.30 in)
    Weight 170 g (6.00 oz)
    SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM, dual stand-by, dual active)
    DISPLAY
    Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    Size 5.7 inches (~74.0% screen-to-body ratio)
    Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~386 ppi pixel density)
    Multitouch Yes, up to 5 fingers
    Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
    - Asus ZenUI 3.0
    PLATFORM
    OS Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
    Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
    CPU Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
    GPU Adreno 530
    MEMORY
    Card slot microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
    Internal 64/128/256 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
    CAMERA
    Primary 23 MP, f/2.0, laser/phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), dual-LED (dual tone) flash
    Features 1/2.6" sensor size, 1 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
    Video 2160p@30fps
    Secondary 8 MP, f/2.0, 1080p
    SOUND
    Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
    Loudspeaker Yes
    3.5mm jack Yes
    - 24-bit/192kHz audio
    COMMS
    WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
    Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
    GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
    NFC Yes
    Infrared port Yes
    Radio No
    USB v3.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
    FEATURES
    Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
    Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
    Browser HTML5
    Java No
    - Fast battery charging: 60% in 40 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
    - MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
    - MP4/H.264 player
    - Document viewer
    - Photo/video editor
    BATTERY
    Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery


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    Nice ...good options for all


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    Still no support for VZW, grrr....
     
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    i don't know what to think about asus. I purchased a transformer prime tf201 tablet from asus and it wasn't ever updated. on top of it all the bootloader is locked tighter then fort knox. So I'm not into trusting them for my android fix.
     
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    I don't get it... I believe root is available for the TF201. As for updates, the 201 may be EOL. @leeshor can confirm if it is...
     
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    It's way past its Prime;) Really. However, you may get some help here.

    I personally loved my TF201 even with its little quirks. But that tablet is long ago obsolete.
     
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    Hmm, the Ultra opted for moving the fingerprint reader to the front as a dual purpose hard button. Looking nearly identical to the S7 in that respect.

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    Rumor has the Ultra's target as Asia. No EU or US sales which makes no sense..
     
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    Some companies just hate money :D
     
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    And can afford to pick and choose where they get the biggest bang for the buck...