Asus Zenfone 3 Series India launch 17 Aug Specs Details Price

Asus has launched 4 models for the new Zenfone 3 Series at a grand event in New Delhi termed as “Z3NVOLUTION”, Sonakshi Sinha the brand Ambassador for Asus India & Asus Global CEO Jerry Shin were also present at the event.

The smartphone is launched today on Flipkart and also on Snapdeal, Amazon too. The pricing for the Asus Zenfone 3 is going to be Rs. 21,999.

Asus Zenfone 3 Series India launch 17 Aug Specs Details Price

The Asus ZenFone 3 series has 4 phones; the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and the ZenFone 3 Ultra and Zenfone 3 Laser. The Asus Zenfone 3 has gone on sale right away and can be bought now the other 3 models will launch later.

However the Asus Zenfone 3 Max was not launched in India at the event.

Asus Zenfone 3

Price Rs. 21,999

The Asus Zenfone 3 comes with all new glass and metal design, and it is one of the most expensive Zenfone smartphones ever launched. Still, remember the Zenfone 5 launch which came with 2 GB RAM for the first time and priced at Rs. 9,999, and it was a crazy success in the Indian market.

Zenfone 3 has got a 5.5 inch Full HD display and a 3000 mAh battery. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 just similar to Zenfone 3 laser, and the storage options also are the same at are 32 GB, 3GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM.

  • Zenfone 3  with 3 GB RAM / 32 GB Storage Variant is priced at Rs. 21,999
  • Zenfone 3  with 4 GB RAM /  64 GB Storage Variant is priced at Rs. 27,999

Asus Zenfone 3 Series India launch 17 Aug Specs Details Price

The Asus Zenfone 3 with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage also comes with a bigger screen size of 5.5 inches with FHD resolution and the battery capacity is also 3000 mAH.

The camera is also the same at the back with 16 mp shooter with Optical image stabilization and dual led flash and an 8 MP front shooter. The smartphone can record 4K videos and also has a very fast (0.03) second Autofocus system.

The other Key highlight is the 2.5D curved Gorilla glass protection both at the front and backside. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 is also impressive with the 14nm latest manufacturing process.

Just like all the Zenfone 3 series smartphones, it has a fingerprint sensor on the back with a glass and metal body. We expected the Price to be around 17K to 18K in the Indian market but is launched at a more high price.

Read More about the Asus Zenfone 3.

 Asus Zenfone 3 Laser

The next phone is Asus Zenfone 3 Laser which has a smaller battery but a great camera. It has the same 5.2-inch display but with a Full HD 1080*1920 resolution. It has a metal and glass body with a slim profile.

Furthermore, it boasts of a 16 MP rear camera with laser/phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), dual-LED (dual tone) flash.

Asus-Zenfone-3-laser

It has a smaller battery at 2600  mAh and its powered by Snapdragon 625. The storage options are 32 GB, 3GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM. It also has a finger-print sensor on the back and is priced at Rs. 18,999 in the Indian market.

Read More About – Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Offers Fast Auto Focus Camera

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra

The Zenfone 3 Ultra is the biggest smartphone of all in terms of screen size with 6.8 inches Full HD display. To keep the big display always on it has been powered by a huge battery too which is a 4600 mAh powerhouse. It has a more Powerful Snapdragon 652 processor under the hood and mighty storage option of 128 GB too.

Asus also claims that the Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra has one of the best displays and come with  95% NTSC color gamut.

Also, it uses a cutting-edge Asus True2Life+ technology which essentially has a dedicated display processor like those found in the latest 4K UHD TVs. We are not sure yet how the Dual processor system (Snapdragon 652 and Display processor works) but that is what Asus says to make the Zenfone 3 Ultra really special.

Asus Zenfone 3 Series India launch 17 Aug Specs Details Price

The front camera is a 23 MP shooter for the best photography experience. The device is too large to be considered a “phone” at 6.8 inches, it is more of a phablet with a gorgeous display and pocket burning price tag of Rs. 49,999. (Oops more expensive than iPhone 6s and even the Samsung S7).

Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe

First, we are glad that Asus has brought the Fastest smartphone in the World to India. The Zenfone 3 Deluxe is the most powerful phone and comes with the next-gen Snapdragon 821 processor.

This is the first phone with Snapdragon 821 in India/world. The smartphone also comes with 6 GB of Ram just like the recently launched Oneplus 3. The Snapdragon 821 is reportedly 10% faster when compared to the Snapdragon 820 processor.

Asus Zenfone 3 Series India launch 17 Aug Specs Details Price

The phone has the same camera as the Zenfone Ultra at 23 Megapixel at the rear, and there is an 8 Megapixel shooter at the front. The display is 5.7 inches Super AMOLED Full HD, and the premium built of the phone makes complete justice to the “ deluxe “ moniker of the phone.

The fingerprint sensor is right at the back under the camera. The smartphone costs a whopping Rs. 62,999 in the Indian market; it is higher than a Samsung Note 7 or more than double than a OnePlus 3, which looks like not a good move from the pricing perspective.

The Zenfone 3 series will give the company the much-needed boost to their aim of gaining significant market share in the fast-growing Indian smartphone market. The smartphones if prices right can boost sales for Asus in India.

The phones will be available just after the launch on major e-commerce websites or maybe through some retail stores too.

Asus Zenfone 3 Max – Not launched Yet

Asus Zenfone 3 Series India launch 17 Aug Specs Details Price

The cheapest phone of the bunch is the Asus Zenfone 3 Max. It has been termed as ” Max” because of its huge 4130 mAh battery which promises 2-day battery backup for long or heavy usage. The back of the mobile is the bit curved for better ergonomics. It has a 5.2 inch, 720p display with an Octa-Core Snapdragon 615 chipset.

The phone will be having up to 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back just below the 13 MP camera. It also has a 5mp camera on the front. The phone may cost around Rs 16,000 for the Indian market.

Key Specs Asus Zenfone 3 , Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra ,  Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe 

Asus Zenfone 3Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe
Display5.2 /5.5 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels6.8 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels5.7 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels
Dimensions152.6 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm186.4 x 93.9 x 6.8 mm156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5 mm
RAM and Storage32 GB, 3 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM32/64/128 GB, 3/4 GB RAM64/128/256 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 625Qualcomm Snapdragon 652Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Optics16 MP rear camera and 8 mp front23 MP rear camera and 8 mp front23 MP rear camera and 8 mp front
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Battery2650/3000 mAh4600 mAh3000 mAh
Expected PriceRs. 21,999Rs. 49,999Rs. 62,999

Key Specs Asus Zenfone 3 Max and Asus Zenfone 3 Laser

Asus Zenfone 3 MaxAsus Zenfone 3 Laser
Display  5.2 inches 720 x 1280 pixels5.5 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels
Dimensions  149.5 x 73.7 x 8.6 mm149 x 76 x 7.9 mm
RAM and Storage16 GB,2 GB RAM 32 GB,3 GB RAM32 GB, 2 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 615Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Optics13 MP rear camera and 5 mp front13 MP rear camera and 8 mp front
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Battery4130 mAh3000 mAh
Expected PriceNARs .17,999

Initial Thoughts: Asus Zenfone 3 Series

Asus has improved a lot of things in the new Zenfone 3 series for all the smartphones. A more evolved glass and metal design and finished with most advanced Snapdragon 625, 652 and even the latest Gen Snapdragon 821 Processor.

Usually, Samsung grabs the latest processor from Qualcomm and feature it in their devices ahead of the pack, but not this time. I was secretly thinking of Samsung Note 7 coming with Snapdragon 821 and 6 GB RAM, but Asus has beaten them in the Specs race.

But one real sore point which 100s of Asus Fans are upset about on Twitter and Facebook is the new Zenfone Series 3 pricing. Are they overpriced in comparison to the competition or previous Zenfone series?

I think yes the pricing is on a higher side, though Zenfone 3 series come with the better build quality, camera, and hardware, Asus has long focused on affordability in India. The sudden change from a known price brand to premium probably is not an easy task.

If Samsung or Apple launch similar smartphones at this price, it will be easy to comprehend, but for Asus fans, they want it cheaper and better at the same time.

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