I didn't see it coming or maybe I missed some reports before. But whatever the reason was, what matters is the smaller and more affordable Zenfone 3 Deluxe 5.5 model is now official and is coming to the Philippines starting second week of December with the flagship Zenfone 3 Deluxe 5.7 variant. I thought the era of "mini" devices is already gone as recently I no longer see mini versions of flagship devices coming out. But hey! Asus is not to let go of it yet as the Taiwanese electronics giant has just officially launched this slightly watered down version of the said device here in the Philippines.
As mentioned, this new variant sports a now pretty standard smartphone screen size of 5.5" equipped with the same 1080p full HD resolution, but instead of the Super AMOLED found on the bigger brother, this one here has Super IPS display technology which actually is not bad and should still provide superb viewing experience to users.
Processor wise, this one here is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2.0GHz and comes with a 4GB RAM. For storage, users will get 64GB size right out of the box which is also expandable via microSD card of up to 2TB. Like its bigger sibling, this does not have a dedicated microSD card slot, but instead uses the second SIM slot to work. So either you use two SIMs at a time or one SIM in the primary slot and memory card in the second.
Camera resolution on its rear is also a smaller one compared to the more high end variant at just 16MP, but still as powerful as it is equipped with the same camera technology such as PixelMaster 3.0, Sony IMX298 sensor, Optical Image Stabilization, TriTech autofocus, dual-LED flash and more camera features and functionalities. Fingerprint scanner is also present here sitting on the back panel right below the rear camera. The battery remains the same though at 3000mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 alongside which is really really nice. See more specs below.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe 5.5 specs:
- 5.5" Full HD Super IPS Display
- 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor
- Adreno 506 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- Supports microSD card up to 2TB
- 16MP rear camera with PixelMaster 3.0, Sony IMX298 sensor and Optical Image Stabilization
- 8MP front camera
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS
- 4G LTE
- Dual-SIM (second SIM slot can be used with microSD)
- USB Type-C
- Fingerprint Scanner
- 5-magnet speakers with NXP smart amplifier
- Hi-Res sound
- Glacier Silver or Sand Gold
- 150 grams
- Quick Charge 3.0
- 3000mAh battery