Specs summary

Screen
5.7"

The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe's screen is 5.7 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad core 2.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

Camera
23+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 23+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 16 days standby time, minutes (2G), 1800 minutes (3G).



Reviews summary

7.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 10 reviews

What's good

  • Vibrant AMOLED screen
  • All-day battery life
  • Quick Charge 3.0
  • Massive storage
  • microSD or dual SIM support

What's bad

  • Slow, finicky camera
  • Poor camera performance in low light
  • Performance concerns
  • Bloated UI
  • Minor build quality issues

As the big brother to the Asus ZenFone 3, the Deluxe offers an impressive array of improvements over the base model. The spec list puts it on par with best of 2016’s mid-tier phones. But does this all line up to make for a great experience?

Reviews for this much-touted release are rolling. Keep reading to see what everyone is saying!

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NOTE: Before we get started, it’s important to note the sheer army of variations available for the ZenFone 3. For this summary, we’re focusing on the Deluxe model. The entire ZenFone 3 series is a bit confusing and specs differ greatly between each. If you're not sure which is best for you, the link above offers an easy way to compare the different models before researching!

The seamless all-metal design of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe uses exclusive tricks to hide the antenna lines and create a solid appearance. Unfortunately, the design featured little else to make reviewers excited. Many called the design bland and boring. Also, despite the obvious effort to wrangle the phone’s size, PC Magazine said, “For the most part you'll need to use the phone with two hands, despite the fact that it's relatively thin and the bezel is practically non-existent.”

On the rear cover, you’ll find a rectangular fingerprint scanner. While it can launch the camera, answer calls and perform other common functions, reviewers had a few issues. NDTV noted, “The sensor works well in terms of authenticating you, but its awkward shape causes occasional failed attempts if your finger isn’t aligned well.”

The 5.7-inch 1080p display is the first AMOLED screen for Asus. Reviewers loved it. NDTV said, “Colours are nicely saturated and brightness is very good. You also have an option to tweak the colours and the colour temperature in the Settings app.” Tech 2 noted, “The viewing angles are great and the display maintains brightness even at the steepest of angles which is commendable.”

Performance reviews were hit or miss. The phone offers two processor options: the Snapdragon 820 or 821. Both options see similar review concerns. While pairing the processors with 6GB of RAM should offer beastly performance, many reviewers experienced small delays and stutters. CNet said, “While the diagnostic benchmark scores were pretty good actual day-to-day performance can be laggy.” Tech 2 experienced similar issues, saying, “It is blazing fast! In a side-by-side comparison it opened apps faster than the OnePlus 3, but it general usage, it could not maintain that momentum and showcased micro-stutters, in short, not buttery smooth as I expected it to be.”

This might be caused in part by Asus’ choice of Android skin. Though the phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, their ZenUI makes significant changes and additions to the stock Android experience. NDTV said, “As we’ve stated countless times, ZenUI simply feels too cluttered, and might be overwhelming for first-time Asus users. We appreciate the amount of customisation available but it also feels a bit unnecessary.” Many reviewers attributed much of this to the slowness and delays experienced during daily use.

Depending on the model you choose, you’ll find either 64GB or an insane 256GB of internal storage. Both offer more than enough for average users. If that’s still not enough space, you can use a microSD card up to 2TB in capacity. However, this means you can’t take advantage of the dual SIM feature.

Unfortunately, camera reviews weren’t much better. While a 23MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus and laser-assisted focus sounds great on paper, it didn't wow reviewers in real-world use. ChipChick put the camera through its paces and declared, “Photos taken outdoors in adequate light came out fine, but low-light photos and photos taken indoors struggled with blurriness. The camera is also slower than average when it comes to snapping photos.” Other reviewers noticed this slowness both in response times and shutter times—often complaining of blurry photos of action shots.

Opinions get better for battery life. Most reviewers had no trouble making it a full day on the 3,000mAh battery. Thanks to an USB Type-C charger and Quick Charge 3.0 support, the phone also tops off from empty in just over an hour.

Ultimately, reviews were slightly down on the Zenfone 3 Deluxe—though few failed to recommend it without some qualifications. ChipChick offered a good summary, saying, “The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a solid smartphone that manages to pack in a large display without feeling clunky. It’s also got lots of pep and performance underneath. However, if photography is important to you, its camera isn’t going to satisfy.”


Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)


PhoneArena

A sophisticated and well thought-out design

from PhoneArena

Asus has crafted a very good smartphone with the ZenFone 3 Deluxe. Here we have a phone with an all-aluminum construction, decent display, an extremely fast processing package, good cameras, 64GB of expandable storage, and a ton more for just $499 completely unlocked.

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Asus has crafted a very good smartphone with the ZenFone 3 Deluxe. Here we have a phone with an all-aluminum construction, decent display, an extremely fast processing package, good cameras, 64GB of expandable storage, and a ton more for just $499 completely unlocked.

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Android Police

Merely okay to good in every aspect

from Android Police

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe isn't a terrible phone, but it's extremely hard to recommend over its competitors. While its specs are decent, its software and camera drag it down. The price is also a problem; it is lower than most flagships' from larger companies, but other phones offer justification for their higher prices in the form of useful features. I would honestly hesitate to recommend this phone even if its MSRP were $100 lower, thanks to the existence of phones like the ZTE Axon 7 and the heavily-mentioned OnePlus 3T.

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The ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe isn't a terrible phone, but it's extremely hard to recommend over its competitors. While its specs are decent, its software and camera drag it down. The price is also a problem; it is lower than most flagships' from larger companies, but other phones offer justification for their higher prices in the form of useful features. I would honestly hesitate to recommend this phone even if its MSRP were $100 lower, thanks to the existence of phones like the ZTE Axon 7 and the heavily-mentioned OnePlus 3T.

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Cnet

Not 'deluxe' enough

from Cnet

he Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe has a luxurious build that's overshadowed by bloatware and poor performance -- you're better off with the OnePlus 3T or a cheaper ZenFone 3.

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he Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe has a luxurious build that's overshadowed by bloatware and poor performance -- you're better off with the OnePlus 3T or a cheaper ZenFone 3.

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NDTV

Very good system performance, good battery life

from NDTV

This special edition ZenFone 3 Deluxe is priced at Rs. 62,999, which makes it a good flagship contender. It’s also the only Android option to offer this much onboard storage plus the ability to expand it further. With streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video now supporting offline viewing, it doesn’t hurt to have more storage. While the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a very good flagship, we wish Asus would ease up on the custom treatment of Android, as it can be a little too intrusive at times. We would have liked to see a better designed fingerprint sensor, plus we think a Quad-HD display would have been more appropriate for such a high-priced phone.

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This special edition ZenFone 3 Deluxe is priced at Rs. 62,999, which makes it a good flagship contender. It’s also the only Android option to offer this much onboard storage plus the ability to expand it further. With streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video now supporting offline viewing, it doesn’t hurt to have more storage. While the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a very good flagship, we wish Asus would ease up on the custom treatment of Android, as it can be a little too intrusive at times. We would have liked to see a better designed fingerprint sensor, plus we think a Quad-HD display would have been more appropriate for such a high-priced phone.

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tech2

Good but just not good enough

from tech2

l Asus’s first flagship offering falls short of the competition. While the top-of-the-line specifications look great on paper, it’s the software experience that is either lacking, or gets in your way. I noticed how the software felt unnecessarily bloated. It seems to have taken away what should have been a buttery smooth software user experience. The same software showed its ugly face once again in the camera section where over processing leads to some flat-looking images. Asus really needs to take a complete u-turn when it comes to software keeping in mind where it’s headed (the premium segment).

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l Asus’s first flagship offering falls short of the competition. While the top-of-the-line specifications look great on paper, it’s the software experience that is either lacking, or gets in your way. I noticed how the software felt unnecessarily bloated. It seems to have taken away what should have been a buttery smooth software user experience. The same software showed its ugly face once again in the camera section where over processing leads to some flat-looking images. Asus really needs to take a complete u-turn when it comes to software keeping in mind where it’s headed (the premium segment).

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The Indian Express

It’s too expensive

from The Indian Express

Unfortunately, despite Asus’ best efforts to make the ZenFone 3 Deluxe the king of the smartphone market, I doubt someone would be ready to pay Rs 62,999. That’s a high price to pay for this phone especially since it doesn’t exactly outperform the OnePlus 3T, which sells for Rs 34,999 for the 128GB variant and even packs a Snapdragon 821 processor and 6GB RAM. Yes, the standard has been raised too high.

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Unfortunately, despite Asus’ best efforts to make the ZenFone 3 Deluxe the king of the smartphone market, I doubt someone would be ready to pay Rs 62,999. That’s a high price to pay for this phone especially since it doesn’t exactly outperform the OnePlus 3T, which sells for Rs 34,999 for the 128GB variant and even packs a Snapdragon 821 processor and 6GB RAM. Yes, the standard has been raised too high.

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Fone Arena

Hard to recommend

from Fone Arena

Asus has improved a lot with this generation of Zenfone devices. The Zenfone 3 Deluxe in particular represents their foray into the flagship segment and truth be told, it is a pretty good attempt too. Unfortunately the competition is way too far ahead and without any defining feature, it is rather hard to recommend the Zenfone 3 Deluxe.

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Asus has improved a lot with this generation of Zenfone devices. The Zenfone 3 Deluxe in particular represents their foray into the flagship segment and truth be told, it is a pretty good attempt too. Unfortunately the competition is way too far ahead and without any defining feature, it is rather hard to recommend the Zenfone 3 Deluxe.

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Digit

A good smartphone, but not really ready for the premium segment

from Digit

The Asus Zenfone 3 is a good smartphone, but it just doesn't belong in the premium range. Asus' UI is overwhelming and heavy, and the phone doesn't have a camera worth this price. The Google Pixel and iPhone are better phones at a higher price, while both the Moto Z and OnePlus 3T offer the same results, at a cheaper price.

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The Asus Zenfone 3 is a good smartphone, but it just doesn't belong in the premium range. Asus' UI is overwhelming and heavy, and the phone doesn't have a camera worth this price. The Google Pixel and iPhone are better phones at a higher price, while both the Moto Z and OnePlus 3T offer the same results, at a cheaper price.

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Chip Chick

Great performance, sleek lightweight design, poor camera performance

from Chip Chick

The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a solid smartphone with a svelte design that manages to pack in a large display without feeling clunky. It’s also got lots of pep and performance underneath. However, if photography is important to you, its camera isn’t going to satisfy. The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe retails for $499 unlocked. A smaller model with a 5.5″ display retails for $399.

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The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a solid smartphone with a svelte design that manages to pack in a large display without feeling clunky. It’s also got lots of pep and performance underneath. However, if photography is important to you, its camera isn’t going to satisfy. The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe retails for $499 unlocked. A smaller model with a 5.5″ display retails for $399.

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PC Magazine

Big, good-looking unlocked Android phone with powerful hardware

from PC Magazine

At $500, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a good-looking piece of hardware that falls short in the software department due to an overwhelming array of customizations, tweaks, and built-in managers. Factor in a mediocre camera and a relatively low-resolution display, and most people looking for a premium phablet will be better served elsewhere.

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At $500, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a good-looking piece of hardware that falls short in the software department due to an overwhelming array of customizations, tweaks, and built-in managers. Factor in a mediocre camera and a relatively low-resolution display, and most people looking for a premium phablet will be better served elsewhere.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 26, 2016
Regions available USA, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad core 2.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.97 W/kg
Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 433 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 504 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
3G Talk Time Up to: 1800 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray, Shimmer Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.6 x 7.7 x 0.4 cm (6.1 x 3 x 0.2 in)
Weight 160 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 386 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Glove touch
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2
Resolution
23+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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