You can order Zenfone 3 Deluxe in US for $499 right now!

Updated December 26: Asus has taken a while to get stock to North America, but they have now delivered. You can now order the Zenfone 3 Deluxe in the US for $499 from Amazon.com if you live in the US or Canada. Yes, Amazon.com will ship this to Canada! B&H has units in stock and they do ship international orders and offer free shipping to Canada! This is an unlocked smartphone that’s compatible with most every carrier but will not work with CDMA networks like Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular.

Order Now US and Canada –> $499 – Zenfone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) from Amazon.com – Click Here

International and Canada From B&H –> ZenFone 3 Deluxe 5.7″ ZS570KL 64GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Glacier Silver)

From Canada? You can order from Amazon.ca now – full details here.

Network Compatibility – The Zenfone 3 line-up is compatible with GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile and cellular network providers utilizing GSM network. This phone (or any other Zenfone 3) is not compatible with CDMA networks such as: Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular. In Canada, the Zenfone 3 line-up is compatible with GSM Networks including Rogers, Bell, Telus, Wind Mobile, Fido, Virgin, Koodo and cellular network providers utilizing GSM network. This phone (or any other Zenfone 3) is not compatible with CDMA networks.

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
WCDMA: Band 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
FDD-LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/29/30

This ZS570KL models comes with 64GB of storage, 6GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 820 processor. This is not the “Special Edition” model that has the Snapdragon 821 with 256GB storage. If you’re not sure how the top two Zenfone 3 Deluxe models compare, we have a benchmark comparison article here.

So if you’re holding out for the super top end Zenfone 3 Deluxe Special Edition, then I suggest you sign up for our newsletter and or check in with us. We hope to break that news for you! Is it later today? Tomorrow? Later than that? We simply don’t know right now.

If you heard about the Google Pixel XL launch yesterday, then you realize how much of a value the Zenfone 3 Deluxe is at $499 USD.

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Asus sets lofty sales goals for Zenfone 4 and beyond

Asus is learning on the fly about the smartphone market. The Zenfone 2 brought an aggressive price point and the Zenfone 3 upped the price and increased the consumer resentment. People these days want to see cheap prices and there has been some disappointment from consumers who wanted a cheaper Zenfone 3 Deluxe.

In a recent Digitimes interview, Jerry Shen, Asus CEO talked about the sales objective for the Zenfone 4 and beyond.  In the three years, Shen expects Asus to ship 35-40 million units. That’s their target.

In 2016 Asus shipped 20 million smartphones which was a 5% growth from the previous year.

The Zenfone 4 will be introduced in Q2 2017 which falls to the Computex 2017 show no doubt. From that show, hopefully Asus will get the phones to market faster than with the Zenfone 3 rollout. Additionally with a big goal, Asus may need to look at finding ways to bring down the price slightly. Certainly markets reacted unfavorably to the Zenfone 3 pricing even though the prices are still significantly cheaper than the top flagship phones.

[source: Digitimes]

Zenfone 3 Zoom price is $399 USD for 64GB storage, 4GB RAM model

Enough with the misinformation out there! The issue at hand is that Asus in China announced the Pegasus 3S along with the Zenfone 3 Zoom pricing for the China market. So as would be expected, a LOT of websites and news sources have made a guesstimate from the price in China what the price in the US would be. This is wrong folks! All we have seen is a lot of comment ranting and a lot of inflated and incorrect Zenfone 3 Zoom price guessing.

With that rant out of the way, here is the US price for the Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) model with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM.

$399 USD

Please trust us and plan your next phone purchase accordingly. The Zenfone 3 Zoom is a camera powerhouse with an unmatched 5000mAh battery. Big battery, great camera, nice design means good value. It doesn’t sport the fastest Snapdragon processor but as the Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL) has shown, the S625 is a more than capable processor which emphasizes battery life and cost savings over processing bravado.

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Android 7.0 Nougat update for Zenfone 3 – Instructions and Details

Great news everyone! Well, right now it’s great news for Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL / ZE520KL) owners. This is starting in the Philippines and should be rolling out globally in short order. There is nothing official for other Zenfone 3 models yet, but certainly the Android 7.0 Nougat update will be coming based on this development.

We know one thing. First backup your device!

We are just fact finding right now and will be adding to this post in the next hour. Stay tuned for more of this breaking news!

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New Zenfone Pegasus 3S unveiled in China

At the end of December there was a new Asus phone listed on the TENAA website. We clarified that it was not a Zenfone 4 at the time, and now we have confirmation that it is in fact a new Zenfone Pegasus model.

It’s a budget orientated model which is part of the Pegasus strategy. What’s impressive here is the 5,000mAh battery which should impress most consumers out there. Battery life is highly valued and the 5,000mAh puts it in the top of the class.

Processor wise, the Pegasus 3S comes with a MediaTek MT6750 processor at 1.5GHz. You will find 3GB RAM inside and either a 32GB or 64GB onboard storage option. The display is 5.2-inch with a resolution of  1280 x 720 pixels. There is a 13MP rear and 8MP front facing camera as well.

Price is 1,999 yuan for the 64GB model. Do not expect to see this phone outside of the China market.

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Zenfone 3 Zoom coming to Canada

I don’t think we are speaking out of turn here. The newly announced Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) appears poised for a Canada release.

This claim is based on information posted on the Industry Canada government website. There we see the model ASUS_Z01HD, shown as the Zenfone 3 Zoom which was submitted on December 22, 2016. We’ve already seen this Zenfone 3 Zoom on the US based FCC website so North America shoppers can start planning for this.

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The Zenfone 3 Zoom is phonecentric as the name suggests, but it’s more than that. It’s a smartphone featuring a 5,000mAh battery. A lot of the innards are similar to the Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL/ZE520KL).

We believe the price of the Zenfone 3 Zoom is $399 US, which in Canada may be around $100 more expensive. We will update with price details as soon as possible.

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[source: Industry Canada]

Asus at CES 2017 unveils Zenfone AR and Zenfone 3 Zoom

With a few leaks leading up to CES 2017, Asus did lose some of the surprise factor, but none the less, things are now official.

We are about half way between the Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 4. This gives Asus the opportunity to bring forward a couple new phones to stir things up once again.

Welcome the Zenfone AR (ZS571KL) and Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) to the line-up.

Prices? Zenfone 3 Zoom is $399. Not yet unveiled. The Zenfone 3 Zoom is coming February 2017 and the Zenfone AR is coming Q2 2017.

So the Zenfone 4 rumors were just that. And think about it. Why bring out the Zenfone 4 now when you have these rather unique offerings to talk about? Prepare for Computex 2017 for Asus to unveil the Zenfone 4 line-up.

You may wonder about the Snapdragon 835 and the rumors that Asus would show off a phone sporting that processor. No, this did not happen. In fact the Zenfone AR is being featured with the S821 instead. Don’t worry because it’s a beast of a processor. I think there is also an outside possibility that the Snapdragon 835 could find itself inside the Zenfone AR (ZS571KL). How so?

Let’s think about when the Zenfone 3 Deluxe was announced. It was marketed with the S820 but after a month or two, we started seeing a version with the S821 processor. With the launch schedule of the 835 processor, perhaps the launch of the Zenfone AR will allow for a processor upgrade prior to launch. It’s something to watch for in the coming months. Obviously Asus couldn’t unveil the Zenfone AR at CES 2017 with the Snapdragon 835 because Qualcomm likely wants to keep thing under wraps for now.

Overall, this CES 2017 show was for two phones but these are conversation pieces. Having Google and Qualcomm with Asus on stage is saying something about where Asus is headed with their smartphone business. The company has never feared breaking new territory or taking risks. These two models of Zenfone are certainly thinking outside of the box. From a credibility and branding perspective, Asus gained a lot from this CES 2017 event.

Zenfone AR Image:

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Zenfone 3 Zoom Image:

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