If you are looking for a new smartphone now in the US, the Zenfone 3 Laser is available now for $199. Obviously this price means there are reduced specs in comparison to the Zenfone 3 Deluxe options, but for some of you the Laser should be more than sufficient.
Here is what the Zenfone 3 Laser does have. It has an IPS full HD display (1920 x 1080) resolution, Snapdragon 430 @ 1.2GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 13MP rear / 8MP front cameras, microSD card slot for up to 128GB more storage, and has a 5.5-inch display size.
Compatibility for the US: Compatible with GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile and cellular network providers utilizing GSM network. This device is not compatible with CDMA Networks such as: Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular.
The Zenfone 3 Laser does not come with NFC, USB-C, quick charge or 802.11 ac wifi standard.