At its Taiwan and Hong Kong launch event, ASUS announced that the 5.7-inch ZenFone 3 Deluxe will be the first phone to be powered by the Snapdragon 821 SoC, which offers a quad-core Kryo CPU cluster clocked at 2.4GHz.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe

As noted by Engadget, the high-end variant of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe will offer the Snapdragon 821, along with 6GB of RAM as well as 256GB of UFS 2.0 flash storage (and a microSD slot!), with retail pricing in the vicinity of $780. The standard versions will be powered by the Snapdragon 820, offering 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage for the equivalent of $560, and 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage for what amounts to $500.

Other specs include a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, 23MP camera (Sony IMX 318) with f/2.0 6-element Largan lens and 0.03 second TriTech autofocus, 4-axis OIS and dual-tone LED flash, 8MP 85-degree wide-angle shooter up front, Wi-Fi ac MIMO, LTE Category 13, NFC, and a 3000mAh battery.

With the ZenFone 3 series set to make its debut later this month in India, we will be able to take a look at the performance benefits offered by the faster CPU, and see how it compares in terms of energy efficiency to the Snapdragon 820.

ASUS ZenFone 3 series preview