ASUS will officially release the ASUS ZenFone 3 models today in Taiwan. Like the name suggest, this will be the third generation smartphone series from the company and will succeed the popular ZenFone 2 models. There are three models expected to be announced today, namely, the ZenFone 3, Zenfone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Max. And just before the launch, now, some specs of the three devices have been leaked, thanks to a new internal document revealed by a tipster on Twitter.
The ASUS ZenFone 3 model is said to come with the new Snapdragon 625 chipset (MSM8953) which Qualcomm had announced back in February this year. This will be the successor to the Snapdragon 617 ad 615 mid-range chipsets that powered many smartphones last year. While the new gen Snapdragon 625 chip continues the same octa-core Cortex A53 design as the previous generation, the company has increased the clock speed from 1.5GHz to 2GHz. Plus, the GPU is upgraded to Adreno 506, so there should be an increase in the overall chip performance. But what really is the highlight of the new 625 chip is that it is manufactured on Samsung/ GlobalFoundry’s 14nm FinFet process.
Moving on, there will reportedly be two versions of the ZenFone 3, one with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and other with a 5.2-inch 1080p panel. The former will have a 16MP rear sensor with OIS, Laser Focus , f/2.0 lens and 8MP front shooter while the latter comes with the same specs except for the Laser Focus. The battery on the larger model is of 3000mAh capacity while the smaller model comes with a 2650mAh capacity battery. Both phones have 3GB RAM inside.
The ZenFone 3 Ultra model comes with Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM, Cat. 6 LTE support, fingerprint ID, 4600mAh large battery and a surprisingly thin 6.8mm body. At the back, there will be a 23MP sensor with OIS and EIS.
There’s a Zenfone 3 Max model as well, which is said to come with a 6-inch FHD display, dual speakers, 13MP rear camera with OIS and Laser Focus, 8MP front shooter, and a fingerprint sensor.
Finally, coming to the ZenFone 3 Deluxe model, it will feature Snapdragon 820 chip with a 5.7-inch display, 6GB of RAM and a 23MP rear camera shooter.
We haven’t heard of the ZenFone 3 Ultra model before, but it could be announced alongside the three other variants. One thing to note here is that the source reveals this document is from February and could be outdated. So, we will have to wait for an official announcement to confirm the final specs.
Which one of these models do you think is the best?