Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe officially the world’s first Snapdragon 821-running phone

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe

The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe first hit the scene a few months ago running the Snapdragon 820 processor. As it turns out, the manufacturer is now planning to release a brand new variant of the phone with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 SoC.

This makes the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe the first smartphone in the world to feature the Snapdragon 821 CPU. The quad-core chipset clocks in at 2.4GHz, a tad speedier than the 820’s 2.1GHz rate. The company is also super-sizing the phone’s internal storage to a whopping 256GB. If that’s not enough, users can also increase its memory capacity up to 128GB via a microSD card slot.

Having the ultimate set of features won’t come cheap, of course. Interested buyers will have to shell out TWD 24990 (about $780) for it. Asus is also planning to out two other Snapdragon 820-running versions of the phone. One will feature 4GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM and be priced at TWD 15990 (roughly $500).

Here’s a quick overview of the specifications of the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe:

– OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based ZenUI 3.0
– Display: 5.7-inch super AMOLED, 1080 x 1920 pixels
– Memory: 32GB/64GB/256GB, expandable till 128GB
– RAM: 4GB/6GB
– CPU: Snapdragon 820/821
– GPU: Adreno 530
– Camera: 23MP rear, 8MP front
– Battery: 3000mAh
– Weight: 170g
– Size: 156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5mm
– Connectivity: 4G, dual-SIM, Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth, A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C

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The other is set to house 6GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM and vend at TWD 17990 (around $560). There’s no specific release date for the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe yet. The Snapdragon 821-based model is coming out later this year, while the other two are supposed to hit Taiwan and Hong Kong by August. Incidentally, a previous rumor had alleged that the handset would hit India and the Philippines by August as well.