Here's why I can't wait for the Asus Zenfone 3

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Over the past twelve months, there has been no shortage of great-looking, low-cost handsets. The Asus Zenfone 3 is just the next in line, but there are several aspects of it which I think could elevate it above the rabble of new mid-range smartphones.

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The Asus Zenfone 3 echoes its spun metal rear on its wallpaper. / © Adrenaline/ANDROIDPIT

The Asus Zenfone 3 has something of a Sony-style design aesthetic: thin, flat, metal with little ornamentation on the front and back. With 2.5D Gorilla Glass on both sides, spun-metal underneath, and chamfered edges, it seriously appeals to me on a design level.

Its striking, aqua blue color variant is just a cherry on the cake.

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The Asus Zenfone 2. / © ANDROIDPIT

This aside, the differences between this series and the Zenfone 2 also fills me with confidence in what the Zenfone 3 will do. While many manufacturers try to make small, inoffensive refinements to their smartphones, the Zenfone 3 looks almost like it's part of another smartphone series: this is a great leap forward in build quality, and it makes me wonder if Asus has managed to make the Zenfone 3's insides as impressive. 

Early signs suggest it has. The Zenfone 3 houses an 8 MP front camera, 16 MP rear camera, and a Full-HD display. What's more the Zenfone 3 is also said to have a lightning fast laser-autofocus which focuses in just 0.03 seconds – the same speed as the incredible Sony Xperia Z5 camera

But what I find most exciting is that, of the trio of Zenfone 3 models that Asus will release, it’s only the lowest-cost option which houses this beautiful, spun metal with 2.5D glass design.

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Four color variants for the Zenfone 3. / © Asus

How impressive it is that the Asus is delivering this – possibly it's most attractive smartphone design ever – exclusively to its most affordable new phone? It's just wonderful to think that arguably the best looking Zenfone 3 is the one which can be enjoyed by the most users. 

With a Snapdragon 625 chip and Adreno 506 GPU, I know it's unlikely to appeal to enthusiasts or power users. But given the improvements upon the Zenfone 2, I have no doubt that this will be an incredible smartphone. 

Are you excited for the Asus Zenfone 3? Let me know in the comments. 

Scott Adam Gordon

Scott Adam Gordon

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes much of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. His current aim is to write cool things about Android. And he loves it.

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  • Maksim Godley Aug 4, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm waiting on the Zenfone 3 deluxe as well but nobody seems to know for sure when it will be released. If you do let me know, I think I might have to camp out at the store for this one.

  • PATTERZ Jul 5, 2016 Link to comment

    Can't wait!!

  • Murat Pepper Jun 8, 2016 Link to comment

    Why am I still waiting on my marshmallow update on my ASUS ZenFone 2 deluxe? I may as well buy the ASUS ZenFone 3 deluxe instead of waiting.

    • PATTERZ Jul 5, 2016 Link to comment

      Yeah I still haven't received Marshmallow on my ZenFone 2.

    • Germán Buchmüller Aug 8, 2016 Link to comment

      Look, I updated my zenfone selfie to marshmallow by going to asus oficial website, asus zenfone selfie, support and I downloaded the latest WorldWide version(M). I pasted the zip on internal storage, rebooted and the update notification pops up. I guess u can try it! Im also waiting for Zenfone 3!

  • lianne john Jun 8, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm thrilled at the design, it's just something I've been wanting!:)

  • Parvind Chahal Jun 8, 2016 Link to comment

    you should wait buddy otherwise u will get mad and it will take a lot of hospital charges

  • Richie Hernandez Jun 8, 2016 Link to comment

    I was excited about the Ultra however even for a large phone enthusiast as myself I'm thinking it might be too big. I agree the Zenfone 3 might be worth considering.

  • Say What?? Jun 8, 2016 Link to comment

    I was waiting for the Zenfone 3 Ultra until I saw that it didn't have the right bands for use in the US. Great job Asus.

  • Kishor Jena Jun 8, 2016 Link to comment

    Yes, I'm also waiting eagerly for Zenfone 3. But I have choosen Zenfone 3 Deluxe. It's awesome. But if there could be IR blaster and Multi colour led notification light then Yahooooo... :D

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