The new Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe, announced today, is the first in the world to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 chip.
(CCM) — Asus took the world by surprise earlier today by announcing a flagship version of its ZenFone 3 Deluxe smartphone, which will be the first phone on the market to be powered by Qualcomm's brand new Snapdragon 821 processor. The Taiwanese manufacturer originally unveiled the ZenFone 3 line in May at Computex with three models: Standard, Ultra, and Deluxe. The two Deluxe versions that it announced will have options of 32 GB and 64 GB of storage, and both will be equipped with the older Snapdragon 820 processor. The new version will have 256 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM in addition to the Snapdragon 821 processor, Asus said. All three models have a 5.7-inch AMOLED display, 23-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras, a fingerprint scanner, a 3000mAh battery, and USB 3.0. The phone announced today will be priced at about $780 and will be available later in the year.
The Snapdragon 821 was announced yesterday and is up to 10% faster than the Snapdragon 820, according to Qualcomm. The new chip runs at up to 2.4 GHz compared to the 820's 2.15 GHz maximum clock speed and also offers better power consumption. The Snapdragon 820 is used in many popular smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S7, Xiaomi Mi5, HTC 10, and Sony Xperia X.
Photo: © Asus.