The ASUS Zenfone flagship range witnessed quite a boom last year with the company launching dozens of smartphone models under the range. But, the biggest of them all were the Zenfone 2 and the Zenfone 2 Deluxe.
According to the leaks and reports coming in, we can expect the successor to these smartphones, the Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 3 Deluxe, soon enough. Images have been leaked by the Red Dot design website that suggest a full metal casing on these new phones.
Here is a summarization of all the rumors, leaks and renders that we have obtained for the Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 3 Deluxe.
USB Type-C Port
With the world moving towards this new technology for charging and data syncing, it is but natural for ASUS to finally incorporate the USB Type-C port on their upcoming flagship smartphones, the Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 3 Deluxe. With a reversible connector and fast charging support, the port will help offer better battery performance during regular daily usage.
Metal casing and unibody
As seen in the renders that have leaked, the Zenfone 3 duo is looking like a complete overhaul from the previous Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 3 Deluxe flagship devices from ASUS. It has a metal unibody and the design is expected to have been borrowed from various OEMs. Some reports revealed that the company is working on a whole new refreshing design coming out of their traditional philosophy.
Shunning the boring White and Black color options, HTC has gone ahead and added two new colors for the Zenfone 3 launch - White, Black and Gold. Aiming to reach a wider audience with this new addition, the two colors are glossy and will add a certain luster to the overall look and feel of the device.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset
Debuting with the Le Max Pro and the Xiaomi Mi 5 recently, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 is the processor that might be powering the new Zenfone 3 models. A quad-core 64-bit chipset, the Snapdragon 820 succeeds the infamous flagship Intel Atom processor of 2015. Clocked at 1.8 GHz, the processor will be accompanied by the Adreno 530 GPU for improved graphic performance.
Pricing and Availability
As is already known, the Zenfone 3 will be released to the public around May 2016. The pricing is expected to be the same as the Zenfone 2, that is, around $400. It will be aggressively priced to counter the likes of Xiaomi Mi 5 and OnePlus 2.