ASUS 2016

New ASUS Mobile Phone (2016) – Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) is Huge and Stunning!

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ASUS has another excellent smartphone that will make you excited.  The new ASUS mobile phone for those who love a bigger display is the ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL).

We recently made a post about the ASUS Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 3 Deluxe and the Zenfone 3 Ultra is leaning closer to the Deluxe version, so you should already expect many outstanding and crazy features in this smartphone! 😀

Let’s take a look at these features.

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Device Type: Smartphone
Display: 6.8 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 23MP
Hardware: Snapdragon 652, Octa-core 1.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM
Battery: 4600 mAh
Price: US$ 550

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

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Design – Seamless Metal Body and Super Thin Profile


The ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra comes with an all-metal unibody. Almost all expensive flagship smartphones of other brands are now made of metal. So what makes the design of this smartphone unique?

It has a gapless metal design, unlike other smartphones that are made of metal but still have some plastic components in order to allow the mobile signal to come in. The plastic lines on the rear of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is an example.

Mobile signals cannot go through metal, but ASUS was able to manage this limitation and was able to create the invisible antenna design.

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Another difference as compared with other metallic smartphones is that the aluminum alloy used in the ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra is not just any other aluminum alloy. ASUS used an aerospace type of aluminum which has better strength-to-density ratio than other alloys.

The overall design and the materials used are pretty much the same with ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe which is a very beautiful and an awesome smartphone that you should also check out.

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The ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra also has a super slim body. At only 6.8 mm, it thinner than the Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 3 Deluxe. It is even thinner than most of the smartphones around. An iPhone 6s Plus, for example, is at 7.3 mm. So now, can you imagine how slim it is? 😀

You can also choose from three beautiful colors: Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray, and Rose Gold.

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Display – Huge, Sharp, and Entertaining


The display size is 6.8 inches, so it is for those who love bigger displays. The display is bigger than the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus, but not as big as the 7.9-inch iPad mini 4. The display size of Zenfone 3 Ultra is somewhere between these devices.

What are the advantages of a smartphone with a bigger display?

It is perfect for those who want to watch and play and get more immersed but still have that smartphone functionality which you can’t find in a tablet.

You can also use it for better reading of your e-books and news. It is also more convenient for web browsing and social media use.

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The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which is the latest version of this glass design and it’s twice more durable compared to other glass displays. Combined with a metal build, this smartphone is one of the toughest super sleek devices out there.

When it comes to display quality, it comes with a Full HD resolution with 324 pixels per inch. I am very much satisfied with an iPhone’s 326 pixels per inch Retina display.

According to Apple, at 326 pixels per inch, individual pixels are already invisible to the human eye at a normal viewing distance, so this level of sharpness is just enough to provide very sharp graphics.

The display technology is IPS LCD which is an excellent technology that is even being used by Apple and LG flagship smartphones.

 

Processing Power – Faster, Smoother


The chipset has an Octa-core 1.8 GHz CPU which is very fast and will provide you with one of the best Android experience. It is not the fastest and most groundbreaking, but it is a speed that can match the latest upper mid-range smartphones.

RAM size can either be 3 GB or 4 GB which is already quite huge to have smoother multitasking. Combined with the Adreno 510 graphics processor, you will definitely enjoy a superb gaming experience even with heavy 3D games.

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It comes with the latest Android OS 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) which has better power saving functionality and new cool features including Android Pay.

The internal storage comes in 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB which can be expanded up to 200 GB. That’s pretty much a huge storage capacity which is really awesome if you want to store a lot of movie files. Those files can take a lot of storage space, but you don’t have to worry about them anymore.

 

Camera – Super High Resolution with Lots of Cool Features


The camera of the Zenfone 3 Ultra has one of the highest camera resolutions around. The rear camera has a whopping 23 MP resolution for capturing razor sharp images. Others only range from 12 MP to 16 MP so this is another awesome aspect of this smartphone.

It has a large aperture size of f/2.0 for a good dimensional effect in your photos.

It also has a 1 µm pixel size. This feature is responsible for determining how this smartphone will perform in a low-light condition. The larger the value the better.

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The pixel size is not as large as the flagship smartphones of other brands. But the Zenfone 3 Ultra has camera software enhancement features including Low Light Mode, which according to ASUS, can allow up to 400% brighter photos and videos.

You will also like the OIS (optical image stabilizer) and EIS (electronic image stabilizer) which are also very important camera features. These features are responsible for reducing or even eliminating blurs when you are capturing a subject in motion.

Other camera software enhancing features that you will surely like are Manual Mode (for DSLR-like camera detail settings), Real Time Beautification Mode, Super Resolution Mode (for up to 4X resolution photos), Night Mode, Depth of Field Mode, Photo Effect Mode, Selfie Panorama, Selfie Mode, GIF Animation Mode, Miniature Mode, Time Rewind Mode, Smart Remove Mode, All Smiles Mode, Slow Motion Mode, and Time Lapse Mode.

Another awesome feature of the camera is that it can autofocus in different conditions in just 0.03 seconds! Other smartphones can’t do that and their autofocusing time takes longer.

When it come to the front camera, you can enjoy a sharp selfie with its 8MP resolution. Both front and rear cameras can record Full HD videos.

 

Huge Battery Life, High-Res Audio, and More!


For a 6.8 display, the Zenfone 3 Ultra’s 4600 mAh is just the right battery capacity. It can allow you up to 34 hours of 3G talk time which is quite long. The flagship smartphones of other brands normally can last up to 20 to 25 hours so this one is above average.

For video playback and web browsing, it can last up to 12.5 hours and 14.5 hours, respectively. Others would normally last between 10 hours to 12 hours.

If you like a good audio, just put on a Hi-Res headset because the Zenfone 3 Ultra comes with a High-Resolution audio (24-bit/192kHz) which has 4x better audio quality compared to other smartphones like iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The loudspeakers were also designed for better sound amplification, which according to ASUS, is about 140% louder than other smartphones with normal speakers.

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It also has a fingerprint sensor for your smartphone’s security. It has other useful sensors such as acceleration, gyroscope, proximity, hall sensor, ambient light sensor, RGB sensor, and IR sensor.

Other cool features are LTE capability with Cat6 speed (300/50 Mbps), GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS for location technology, Wi-Fi connectivity, and Bluetooth for your wireless headsets and speakers.

 

Zenfone 3 Ultra – Beauty Inside and Out


The ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra is another masterpiece from ASUS with its beautiful and sturdy design that is similar to the super awesome Zenfone 3 Deluxe. You will definitely like the seamless metal design and the super thin profile.

With the large display, you can enjoy more videos and entertainment. The beautiful and sharp display will let you experience games and apps at a new level.

The processing power is fast enough for a smoother interface and running of apps. You can also enjoy a lot of storage for your media files.

The camera is outstanding when it comes to image sharpness and it has a lot of awesome features for quality photos. The battery life is longer than your usual smartphone and it also comes with high-resolution audio that will certainly please the music lovers.

 

 

What do you think of this new smartphone from ASUS? I would love to hear from you.

Just leave your comment in the comments section below. 😃

 

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