Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Laser available in a few weeks from Amazon

Just like last year, Asus confusingly puts its 2016 high-end smartphone eggs in way too many baskets, as the ZenFone 3 family includes roughly a dozen similar but not identical members. Some aren’t even very high-end, like the China-only ZenFone Pegasus 3, the big-battery ZenFone 3 Max, or a ZenFone 3 Laser that’s slated to finally see daylight stateside “within 2 to 5 weeks.”

That’s when Amazon expects to be able to ship the 2GB RAM-packing 5.5-incher in “glacier silver”, complete with an official 1-year US warranty covering accidental damage. Pre-orders are $206.95 a pop, which is quite the odd number, though overall, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth.

Specifically, a premium metal construction, Full HD screen resolution, Snapdragon 430 processing power, 32GB expandable storage, fingerprint recognition, pre-installed Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and 3,000 mAh battery. Also, as the name suggests, a pretty skillful 13MP rear camera with “ultra-fast” laser autofocus, plus an 8-megapixel selfie shooter.

But the star of the confusing lineup is up for grabs on Amazon.com too, priced at $530.48. Another unusual tag, the same “2 to 5 weeks” delivery estimate, 12-month US warranty, with 6GB RAM however in tow, and an arguably sleeker “invisible-antenna” design, despite the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe being entirely made of a strong “aerospace-grade” aluminum alloy.

Unfortunately, it’s unclear if this American configuration packs a Snapdragon 820 or 821 SoC. Either way, it’s a total beast, 64GB ROM, 23 and 8MP cams, USB Type-C, fingerprint, 3,000mAh Quick Charge 3.0 battery, Hi-Res audio and all.

Source: Amazon (1), (2)

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