ASUS ZenFone 3 specs: What's the difference?

ASUS today took the wraps off three new Android phones in the mid-to-high-end space, including the gigantic ZenFone 3 Ultra and the most advanced ASUS phone yet, the Snapdragon 820-powered ZenFone 3 Deluxe. With three new phones arriving simultaneously, it's worth taking a look over the specs to see how they compare.

Check down below for a full rundown of ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Ultra hardware specs.

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CategoryZenFone 3ZenFone 3 DeluxeZenFone 3 Ultra
Display1080p 5.5-inch SuperIPS+ LCD
77.3% screen to body radio
1080p 5.7-inch SuperAMOLED
79% screen to body ratio
1080p 6.8-inch IPD LCD
79% screen to body ratio
ConstructionFront and rear Corning Gorilla Glass panels with 2.5D contoured edges and metal frameFull aluminum alloy unibody with "invisible antenna"Full aluminum alloy unibody with "invisible antenna"
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 625
Octa-core 14nm
8x1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
Octa-core 28nm
4x1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A72
4x1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 506Adreno 530Adreno 510
RAM4GB6GB4GB
Main camera16MP ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 (Sony IMX298 sensor)
f/2.0, 6-element Largan lens
0.03 second TriTech autofocus
4-axis OIS
3-axis EIS
Color correction sensor
Dual-tone LED flash
23MP ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 (Sony IMX318 sensor)
f/2.0, 6-element Largan lens
0.03 second TriTech autofocus
4-axis OIS
3-axis EIS
Color correction sensor
Dual-tone LED flash
23MP ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 (Sony IMX318 sensor)
f/2.0, 6-element Largan lens
0.03 second TriTech autofocus
4-axis OIS
3-axis EIS
Color correction sensor
Dual-tone LED flash
Front camera8MP, 85-degree wide-angle lens8MP, 85-degree wide-angle lens8MP, 85-degree wide-angle lens
Wireless802.11ac Wi-Fi: 5G/2.4G, MIMO
Cat 6 LTE
802.11ac Wi-Fi: 5G/2.4G, MIMO
Cat 13 LTE + 3CA
802.11ac Wi-Fi: 5G/2.4G, MIMO
Cat 6 LTE
Fingerprint sensorRear sensor, 5-finger registration, 360 degree recognitionRear sensor, 5-finger registration, 360 degree recognitionBelow screen sensor, 5-finger registration, 360 degree recognition
ConnectibityBluetooth 4.2
Type-C USB 2.0
Bluetooth 4.2
Type-C USB 3.0
Bluetooth 4.2
Type-C USB 2.0
SIM/SD slotsSlot 1: MicroSIM (4G)
Slot 2: NanoSM (3G) or MicroSD
Slot 1: MicroSIM (4G)
Slot 2: NanoSM (3G) or MicroSD
Slot 1: MicroSIM (4G)
Slot 2: NanoSM (3G) or MicroSD
GPSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BEIDOUGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BEIDOUGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU
OSAndorid 6.0 Marshmallow
ZenUI 3.0
Andorid 6.0 Marshmallow
ZenUI 3.0
Andorid 6.0 Marshmallow
ZenUI 3.0
Battery3,000mAh3,000mAh with Quick Charge 3.04,600mAh with Quick Charge 3.0
AudioHi-Res Audio
New 5-magnet speaker
NXP Smart AMP
Hi-Res Audio
New 5-magnet speaker
NXP Smart AMP
Hi-Res Audio
New 5-magnet speaker
NXP Smart AMP
DTS Headphone: X 7.1
DTS HD Premium Sound
Video Processor  ASUS Tru2Life+ featuring PixelWorks 4K TV Grade processor
DisplayPort over USB Type C
Other features Always on panelPower bank capability with 1.5A rapid reverse charge
ColorsShimmer Gold
Aqua Blue
Sapphire Black
Moonlight White
Titanium Gray
Glacier Silver
Sand Gold
Titanium Gray
Glacier Silver
Rose Pink
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41 Comments
  • How come the ultra has lower specs than the deluxe? With that big screen and decent battery they could have upped the specs beyond the deluxe a bit surely otherwise the "ultra" name is a lie. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe it's an ultra bad deal. Google Nexus 6P
  • It's pretty common for tablets to have lower specs than phones, probably cause people are more likely to buy the them outright. It's best to assume I'm being sarcastic. if I'm ever serious I'll type "/s" to make it clear.
  • Plus could you imagine how expensive that screen would be, easily add $100 retail to the device and big down that processor. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ultra is about size not specs. Plus, it seems like they are testing the waters with this phone. None of these have over a 1080p screen either. But, really, performance and battery life are so much better with a lower spec'd screen. I think the next question should be, "Why isn't Asus making a Nexus phone?" French company, maybe it would help Google with the EU. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe the author made a mistake? If not then, someone got some explaining to do. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No mistakes. Ultra is regarded more as a phablet, those wanting max screen. Deluxe is the state-of-the-art target for those that want max options. I.e., 6GB/256GB etc.
  • Well said Posted via the Android Central App
  • No NFC?
    Snapdragon 820 + 1080P should bring better On Screen Time no? But I need NFC which I use quite a bit.
  • It does have NFC according to their website. https://www.asus.com/Phone/ZenFone-3-Deluxe-ZS570KL/specifications/
  • Well, DELUXE, is for the design, performance, camera.
    Not for....... ULTRA, is for design, media, camera and battery
    Not for performance, amazing display needs, small hands NORMAL is for pricing, camera, build and design
    Not for butter fingers
  • Ram sizes? Storage sizes?
  • The deluxe has 256gb of ROM and 8 or 6 gigs of ram. Article is kinda over the place with ram. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Pity they're all oversized. But kudos to Asus for keeping the pre-Lollipop designs for the navigation buttons too. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why? They're vastly outdated and doesn't fit with the Material Design scheme. #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • He doesn't like Material design if I remember correctly. Posted from Nexus 6
  • What Eric said.
    Not fitting with terrible design like Material Design will always be a plus in my book. Not to mention circles and squares and triangles make no sense at all... Except maybe on a PlayStation phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Must be a bummer having so much hate for MD, seeing as how it's completely taken over the Androidsphere. Maybe you should just go with a flip phone Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wonder what does "invisible antenna" actually mean for a metal unibody device. Is it "microdizing" with primer, like LG, or something completely different?
  • Well, I just found out. They're apparently incorporated them into the phone's outer trim.
  • If you're going to release 3 phones and one is a 5.7 inch screen why not have the smaller one be 5.2? Stupid phablets.
  • I am worried we may not see anymore 5.2 inch with decent specs Posted from my Nexus 7 2013
  • We will. At least from OEMs with any sense. Posted via the Android Central App
  • S7 and G5 and HTC 10 say hi. AT&T Galaxy S7 Onyx Black with Unlimited Data Edit: they're all around 5.2
  • I'd love to get the ultra, but the price coupled with the processor....
  • They have to keep the cost down somehow.
  • The Deluxe intrigues me. The Axon 7 Will supposedly work on all US carriers, so I just wanna know if any of these phones will be same? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I doubt I'd buy another ASUS phone. False promises on ZF2 getting MM and being burned twice on their tablets. 3 strikes and I'm out Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why couldn't the Moto G 4 Plus get the SD625 rather than the poorer 617.
    Parts bin pricing.
  • The problem with Qualcomm chips at the moment is they have no good entry level chips. They used to have the 400 then the 410, which seemed solid, but as far as I know they have no replacement e.g a 420... Instead you either go with their upper-mid tier 652 (more expensive) or last years mid range 617 which doesn't seem to be much good. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They do now - 425 and 435
    https://www.qualcomm.com/news/snapdragon/2016/02/11/introducing-snapdrag...
  • Not clarifying the NFC option for each phone makes me wonder if those at Android Central actually use digital payments. It would have been one of the main things I would have mentioned in an article like this.
  • I'm not sure if LTE bands have been released yet, but what are the chances they'll support Band 12 and VoLTE? It's a deal breaker for me :/ Posted via the Android Central App
  • Make the ZenFone 3 Ultra Project Fi ready, and Google Play Edition, and I'd buy it in a heart beat.
  • Neither of those is going to happen. The GPE program has been dead for two years Posted via the Android Central App
  • ok can someone answer if the zenfone 3 has nfc, expandable sorage and quick charge? kinda the main things i was anticipating in the phone yet was not discussed in the event :( Posted via the Android Central App
  • Its written in there. Quick charge 3.0 and the Slot 2 is for either a second Sim or microsd Posted via the Android Central App
  • That UX.... my eyes Posted via the Android Central App
  • I want to buy a small tablet but the ZenFone 3 Ultra seems like a good alternative. I'll consider it.
  • Come on 6gb of ram, seriously who needs that on a phone. My S6 has 3gb and my S7 edge has 4gb and I have seen no difference n performance, they both run smooth as butter that's been in the sun too long. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hello Guys, Please, what color of zenfone 3 deluxe is show in this video?