ASUS Zenfone 3 release date: Taiwanese launch reportedly on July 12, 3 models available


Touted as the next-generation flagship device, the ASUS Zenfone 3 is rumored to be releasing in Taiwan on July 12, but the schedule for its launch in the United States has not been announced yet.

According to Phone Arena, three new models under the series will become available in the Asian region. The base model is said to be priced at $249, followed by a midrange Ultra version at $479, and a top-tier ZenFone 3 Deluxe at $499.

Based on specs reported by GSM Arena, the base model features a 5.5-inch screen and will be powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor, combined with 32 GB built-in memory and 3 GB of random access memory (RAM). A higher variant with 64 GB memory and 4 GB RAM will also be offered. The cameras have a 16-megapixel capacity for the rear and an 8-megapixel lens in the front.

On the other hand, the Zenfone 3 Ultra is equipped with the same processor but with a higher baseline for internal memory at 64 GB, which is expandable up to 128 GB via a microSD card, and partnered with 4 GB of RAM. It also comes with a larger 6.8-inch screen.

The Deluxe edition contains the most powerful chipset among the three options with a Snapdragon 821, along with 6 GB of RAM and the Adreno 530 graphics card. It is also the first smartphone that will reportedly feature an all-metal unibody design with an invisible antenna.

The Zenfone 3 Deluxe’s dimensions measure at 156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5 mm and weighs 170 grams. Meanwhile, it has a powerful 23-megapixel main shooter and an 8-megapixel selfie-taker. The screen is slightly smaller at 5.7 inches.

Moreover, the high-end gadget is predicted to arrive with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system (OS) out of the box, a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery, and can be purchased in three colors Glacier Silver, Shimmer Gold and Titanium Gray.

While the three models come out this month, the company will allegedly keep adding new versions to the lineup. Speculations suggest that a step-down, entry-level Zenfone 3 may already be in production.

Since ASUS has yet to comment on the matter, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.