Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe goes official as the world’s first Snapdragon 821 powerhouse
Wait, didn’t Asus already take the wraps off the standard Zenfone 3, as well as the Deluxe and Ultra variants a month and a half ago, followed by the ultra-low-cost, China-only Zenfone Pegasus 3? Sure, but we’ve known for a while the best was yet to come, with Asus left waiting for Qualcomm’s formal announcement of a Snapdragon 820 sequel before being allowed to unveil the top-of-the-line Zenfone 3 Deluxe.
Now the Snapdragon 821 processor is official, and it merely took a few hours for the Taiwan-based smartphone producer to claim the title of world’s first packing 10 percent extra speed compared to the SD820.
That’s hardly full-on sequel material right there, which Qualcomm was very candid about off the bat, though it still makes a difference for those always seeking the “next big thing.” Unfortunately, the Zenfone 3 family is slated to debut commercially in select Asian markets next month, with the SD821-powered Deluxe model likely poised for a fall launch at a pretty extravagant $780 or so price tag.
You’ll obviously get plenty of bang for your buck here, including 6GB RAM, 256GB UFS 2.0 internal storage, microSD support, Daydream VR compatibility, 23 and 8MP photography prowess, a 3,000 mAh battery, 5.7-inch 1080p display, and fingerprint recognition.