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ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra: Everything you need to know before buying

Taiwanese smartphone maker ASUS launched its 2nd-gen ZenFone series devices at last year’s CES, which have helped the company to strong its foothold in the emerging markets like India. At this year’s Computex event, the band has unveiled its latest ZenFone 3 series with three smartphones for different segments – the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Ultra. The ZenFone 3 is the basic budget model, and the ZenFone 3 is a regular-size flagship offering. The ZenFone 3 Ultra model on the other hand is the Taiwanese vendor’s latest smartphone to compete in the phablet segment.

The ZenFone 3 Ultra is the Taiwanese manufacturer’s largest smartphone till date, which blurs the line between a phablet and tablet. In addition to offering a large screen, the ZenFone 3 Ultra also packs in impressive configuration. If you are eagerly waiting for the latest ASUS phablet to land in the Indian market, then let’s take a look on the detailed specs of the phone.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra – features of the largest ASUS smartphone

Talking about the design first, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra is being touted by the brand as the world’s first full-metal smartphone with invisible antenna lines. The flagship boasts a premium durable metal frame, and is the slimmest of the new ZenFone 3 range with a 6.8mm waistline. The phone is reasonably lightweight for its size at 233 grams. The device also gets a fingerprint sensor for enhanced security, which is integrated into the home button of the phone. ASUS also claims the ZenFone 3 Ultra to be the world’s first phone to deliver virtual 7.1-channel surround sound with DTS Headphones. Overall, the ZenFone 3 Ultra is one of the best looking phablets in its price segment.

Display and OS
The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra flaunts a huge 6.8-inch full HD display, which offers a mediocre pixel density of 322 pixels per inch. However, ASUS is touting it as the world’s first device to boast ASUS-exclusive Tru2Life+ video technology, which utilises a high-end 4K UHD TV-grade image processor. This tech allows it to optimise every pixel in each frame before it is displayed, which results in superior contrast and clarity. As for the software, the ZenFone 3 Ultra runs Android Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0 on top. The brand’s new user interface is cleaner and comes with less built-in ASUS apps.

Moving on to the configuration, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, which is further supported by a meaty 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 501 graphics processing unit. The phone comes with multiple storage variants with up to 128GB of internal memory, which can also be further increased up to 256GB. Overall, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra is loaded with excellent configuration, and should deliver a lag-free impressive gaming experience.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra shares its camera features with the ZenFone 3 Deluxe model. The phone gets a 23-megapixel primary snapper with Sony IMX318 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash and PixelMaster 3.0 tech. The device lets you record steady 4K videos thanks to the 4-axis OIS and 3-axis EIS. There’s also Tri-Tech autofocus system, which offers accurate focus on the subject via laser, phase detection and continuous autofocus. As for the selfies, the device gets an 8-megapixel front-facing snapper. Overall, the ZenFone 3 Ultra delivers one of the best camera experiences available on a phablet.

Connectivity and battery
In terms of connectivity, the ZenFone 3 Ultra sports dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Cat 6 LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, and A-GPS. The phone ditches a micro-USB port for a reversible USB Type-C port, and also comes with support for HDMI DisplayPort. Lastly, the device is powered by a beefy 4,600mAh battery, which supports Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 technology and can be used to charge other phones thanks to the USB OTG support.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra is one of the best smartphones the Taiwanese manufacturer has developed till date. It is one of the few phablets on the markets to offer a 6.8-inch display. The phone doesn’t only offer a huge screen, but also comes with excellent configuration, attractive metal design, an unusually large battery for a smartphone, and impressive camera features.

The phone will impress people who like a large smartphone with excellent media and web-browsing experience. As for the pricing and availability, the ZenFone 3 Ultra’s pricing start at around Rs 33,300. The company is expected to launch the phone in India in the coming weeks.