Zenfone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) with Snapdragon 821 (2.2GHz) with 6GB RAM and 256GB available now!

Update: If you want the Snapdragon 821 version of the Zenfone 3 Deluxe, I just confirmed with an eBay seller that his listing is for that top model. I contacted the seller directly and I have been assured that they are selling the Snapdragon 821 version, Silver color. This seller ships to anywhere in the world.

This is what I asked the seller and here is their response:

Question: Hi there. I want to certain of this detail about the processor. There are a few different Zenfone 3 Deluxe variants but only one has the Snapdragon 821 processor. The 821 version has just been released as of yesterday I believe. Can you please confirm 100% that this model you have does come with that Snapdragon 821 processor.

eBay Sellers Answer: I am sure 6G/256G is with Snapdragon 821 chip. The phone had not be released yesterday. Asus asks for me not to ship before this week. So I will ship the phone next Monday or Tuesday. I will ship the phone by Fedex priority if you buy from me. Silver is in stock, but gold has not in stock till the end of Sep.

Link to eBay Listing

Asus has been able to be first to market with the snappy fast Snapdragon 821 processor (2.4GHz). It’s only available in Taiwan for now, but we are expecting to have news about other countries. Yes, we are hoping to have details for those of you in the US market!

So when it comes to the most powerful smartphone on the market, it’s going to be hard to be the Zenfone 3 Deluxe Special Edition. With this Snapdragon processor, 23MP rear camera (Sony IMX 318), 6GB RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.0 storage, it’s virtually impossible to find a more robust phone on the market today.

Where to buy Zenfone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL)? Out of Stock? We have answers.

We value the feedback from all of you whether it’s a social media post, an email or comment posted on one of our articles. The fact is, we hear you loud and clear. There is a growing conversation right now about the Zenfone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) and the apparent lack of inventory/availability.

We have an answer for this. This word comes from the head person at Asus, Jerry Shen CEO of the company. At the most recent Q3 investors conference on November 11, 2016, he addressed a question from the floor of the conference. The answer to that question provides insight into stock/supply issues that you may be seeing in your country.

…And because the products are at a higher price range, we did not prepare too many materials or components. And we are fortunate in that our products have been very well received by our customers. So now our products are out of stock. We do not have enough to meet the demand. For next year I am setting a higher number. – Jerry Shen, Asus CEO speaking at Q3 investors conference, November 11, 2016.

First, this is a translated quote. Asus has a English translated version of the investors conference so the accuracy should be on point.

Second, let’s not panic just yet. If you have been waiting, then that means the wait should almost be over. Units will be coming!

In our opinion, the Zenfone 3 Deluxe was not expected to be a big seller because of the highest price point. However, guess what happened? It turns out that a lot of people want the top model. The previous Q2 investors conferences indicated that the company was very uncertain for the Zenfone 3 Deluxe sales projections because it was at a higher price point than all the other models. Asus felt that they may not sell that many due to the high price, but that was prior to pre orders. They had little resources to gauge possible demand and they haven’t had such a top end Zenfone previously which would have helped gauge possible sales volume.

So in simple terms, what seems to have happened is that Asus underestimated the demand for the Zenfone 3 Deluxe and did not have enough materials and components to meet that demand.

When stock shows up, we will post those details on the site. We cannot be everywhere all the time, so we also appreciate hearing from any of you if you happen to see stock in the US market or other markets that have been waiting.

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Asus expects to hit annual smartphone shipments of 20 million units

Some recent financial figures have been reported by Asus and with that information has come some details on their smartphone shipments and expectations.

Digitimes is reporting that Asus shipped around 8 million smartphones in the first half, 5.5 million in Q3, and they are expecting to ship around 6.5 to 7.5 million units in Q4. If these numbers hold, then Asus would make it to 20 million units sold in the year.

Jerry Shen, Asus CEO, spoke at the most recent Asus investors conference and he explained a bit of the Zenfone price strategy and that they are meeting their goals with the 3rd generation release. Shen said that with the Zenfone 4 they will make a big push to increase sales which sounds like the pricing should remain similar to the 3rd generation Zenfone.

Asus is expected to show off a new AR Zenfone model at CES 2017 which will be Google Tango certified. Shen also mentioned that the Zenfone 4 will be unveiled some time in Q2, which means a likely and traditional Computex showing. The only details shared by Shen so far is that the 4th generation Zenfones will have enhanced cameras.

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[source: Digitimes via SVMI.com]

 

Sweden finally gets their official Zenfone 3 launch – Pre orders begin!

Asus is not done! Sweden has just now gotten their official Zenfone 3 release and you can pre order right away. There are three models available: Zenfone 3 Deluxe, Zenfone 3, and Zenfone 3 Max. Be happy Sweden because you do get the Zenfone 3 Deluxe Special Edition which is a 128GB storage model!

Here are the prices:

  • SEK 7990 – Zenfone 3 Deluxe Special Edition
  • SEK 6990 – Zenfone 3 Deluxe
  • SEK 4490 – Zenfone 3 (ZE520KL) – 5.2-inch / 4GB RAM / 64GB Storage
  • SEK 3990 – Zenfone 3 (ZE520KL) – 5.2-inch / 3GB RAM / 32GB Storage
  • SEK 2990 – Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL) – 5.5-inch

As with other markets, we’re already spotting some confusion about model specs, especially around that Special Edition model. It’s apparently the Snapdragon 821 but we have already spotted one listing as being Snapdragon 820. Be careful out there!

Where to Buy:

[source: Asus Sweden Facebook]

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Asus.com gets official product page up for gigantic Zenfone Go (ZB690KG)

Move over Zenfone 3 Ultra. Take your 6.8-inches and get outta here! There is a new sheriff in town (size only) in the 6.9-inch Zenfone Go. To be clear we’re just having fun a bit on the mention of the Zenfone 3 Ultra because this 6.9-inch Zenfone Go is super ultra budget and has meager specs in comparison to the main Zenfone 3 line-up.

So Asus did take the wraps off this new Zenfone Go during the Indonesia Zenvolution event but it has been a long while without any new information or official pages. So now is the time we can dig deeper on this rather unique offering.

Let’s look at the specs:

  • Android 5.1
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Qualcomm quad-core processor
  • 8GB storage
  • 8MP rear / 2MP front cameras
  • microSD card up to 128GB (SDXC)
  • 3480mAh

Asus also just took the wraps of a new ZenPad C 7.0 (Z171KG) which is eerily similar to this Zenfone Go. So like we said, this Zenfone Go is ultra budget with a low resolution screen, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. Keep in mind too that this storage can be expanded via a microSD card.

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[source: Asus.com]

 

Drool over this new Zenfone 3 Ultra video from Asus

Asus has been prolific in terms of releasing hands-on and promotional videos showcasing their Zenfone 3 models. We are now being graced with a new Zenfone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) video which is an “all you need to know” hands-on.

So if you’re reading this and you’re from North America, I’m sorry. You cannot get the Zenfone 3 Ultra in the US or Canada and there is really no hope of it coming at a later date. You could get an international version but you wouldn’t be getting 4G LTE speeds.

The fact is the Zenfone 3 Ultra is one heck of a beauty. We’ve heard from a great many people wanting to see this phone come to the US and frankly we agree in a big way. We can hope that the next generation of the Ultra makes it to North America but Asus may feel the phone is too niche for the market in the US and Canada. We say it’s unique and it will sell because there is nothing else like it!

 

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Zenfone 4 coming in Q2 2017

According to Jerry Shen, Asus CEO, the Zenfone 4 is coming in Q2 2017. In case you are wondering, Q2 (quarter 2) covers the months of April, May, June. As you might know, Computex 2017 is June 1 which is where Asus loves to unveil their Zenfone products. It won’t launch then unless Asus changes up their previous launch timelines and strategies. The Zenfone 3 was a late launch, so expect the Zenfone 4 pre orders to be closer to that expected Computex 2017 unveiling.

With the most recent Asus investors conference on November 11, some details about the Zenfone 3 launch have come to light as well.

So what do we know about the Zenfone 4? Jerry Shen suggests the new models will have “enhanced cameras”. What does that mean? We literally have no idea. No other features were mentioned in the article.

If you are hoping for a price reduction with the Zenfone 4, making it more like the Zenfone 2 pricing, you will likely be disappointed. Keep in mind nothing has been said about Zenfone 4 prices at this point. however, during the investors conference, Shen did discuss the strategy in terms of elevating price in the marketplace from Zenfone 2 to Zenfone 3. He says that the Zenfone 4 will be about increasing sales volume.

So in other words, it appears there was some short term pain for long term gain. People haven’t been happy about the Zenfone 3 pricing, but it’s unclear whether Asus will waiver on this pricing strategy. Also keep in mind that Asus still is able to provide top end premium phones that beat the pricing of the big players like Apple and Samsung.

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[source: Digitimes.com]