Name a phone “deluxe” and there’s a lot that it has to live up to. In most aspects, the Zenfone 3 Deluxe does deliver that “Deluxe” feeling. Build quality is on par with the flagship devices. It’s an all-metal unibody design that looks as well as feels great in hand. Chamfered edges on the front and back and the back gets a sloping curved design with rounded corner and sides making the phone sit comfortably sit in the hand. Asus Zenfone 3 deluxe price in India is around ₹49,999 for 64 GB & ₹62,999 for 256 GB model.
The best thing about this design is that there is no plastic or antenna lines visible which makes the phone look premium and this doesn’t hinder the phones wireless signal too. Like other Asus smartphones, deluxe too gets that signature concentric circle design patterns on the top and bottom chin as well as on the power button and volume rocker. The headphone jack is located on the top of the phone.
Buttons & Ports
While the power and volume rocker sits on the right side of the phone. Sim tray houses dual sim or sim with microSD and is located at the left side of the phone. At the bottom we can find a single speaker and USB C for charging and data transferring. The speaker sounds fine and gets decently loud but not as good as dual or front firing speakers. It has backlit capacitive navigation keys and the fingerprint sensor is at the back side of the phone which is rectangular in shape and not circular like most of the smartphone. The fingerprint sensor is accurate but not the fastest in the market.
Zenfone 3 Deluxe gets a large 5.7 inches 1080p Super AMOLED display which looks great. It has excellent viewing angles, great contrast, the colors appear vibrant. The size is perfect for playing games or watching videos.
Under the Hood
Having a 1080p screen helps with not only the performance but it also consumes less power. It packs some of the latest and greatest hardware like the snapdragon 820 processor with a massive 6GB of RAM, which makes this phone really good at multitasking and packs in 64 or 256 GB of internal storage. The performance is very smooth and faces no stutter or whatsoever. Day to day tasks like launching apps or web browsing is a breeze. Even with a ton of apps opened at the background including some games to, the phone doesn’t slow down or lag and background apps doesn’t get closed too. Zenfone 3 Deluxe runs on ZenUI on top of
Zenfone 3 Deluxe runs on ZenUI on top of android marshmallow. Unlike other UI ZenUI is heavily skinned and provide a ton of options and even with this the phone runs smoothly. While ZenUI houses some useful features like double tap to sleep or wake the phone, one-handed operation, integrated theme store to change the look and feel of the device some of which may not be useful like the bloatwares that come with it.
Zenfone 3 Deluxe gets 3000mAh battery with quick charge support. It can last a full day with light usage, but for power user you need to carry your charger or a battery pack. The battery significantly drains faster unlike other smartphones.
Camera Hardware & Controls
Zenfone 3 Deluxe gets a 23mp camera with f2.0 aperture, OIS, PDAF and laser assist auto focus, and dual tone led flash. The secondary selfie camera is an 8mp shooter with f2.0 aperture, for selfie loves it comes packed with a bunch of beautifying settings. Like the ZenUI the camera app also has tons options and 20 different shooting modes like lowlight, super resolution, time-lapse, HDR Pro, Manual, etc. The manual mode gives user a complete control of the camera including the White balance, exposure, ISO, focus and shutter speed.
The photos got good color reproduction and a pretty good dynamic range but the details and sharpness are not as one would expect from a 23mp camera even in daylight shots when zoomed in on the photos. While in good light conditions Zenfone 3 Deluxe is capable of taking pictures quickly but in lowlight the shutter speed decreases drastically and the camera struggles, the pictures appear grainy and noisy and the image appears soft and lacks detail.
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe specifications
|Dimensions (mm)||156.00 x 77.00 x 7.50|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3000|
|Colours||Gold, Silver, Grey|
|Screen size (inches)||5.70|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||128|
|Operating System||Android 6.0.1|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.20|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|