ASUS launches the world’s first smartphone featuring the Snapdragon 821 chipset

The ASUS ZenForce 3 Deluxe will set you back by $780. Initially, it will be launched in Hong Kong and in Taiwan.

It is not surprising that after Computex ASUS has unveiled its latest smartphone. Turns out that the company has a pleasant surprise for consumers.

Its latest flagship, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, has been given a chipset upgrade: from the Snapdragon 820 it now houses the blazingly fast Snapdragon 821.

This is the world’s first device to feature the 2.4Ghz Snapdragon 821 chipset. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe features the Cat 13 LTE radio, Andreno 530 GPU, Quick Charge 3.0 and has dual SIM support (Nano SIM and Micro SIM).

Its top models offers what is likely to be the best specs on a phone today: 6GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB of UFS 2.0 internal flash storage which can be further expanded to upto 128BG vide microSD using the second SIM slot).  It has a display resolution of 1080p and features a a Super AMOLED touchscreen, 3,000 mAH battery, Gorilla Glass 4, 23-megapixel f/2.0 main camera (with OIS, laser AF and dual-tone flash), NFC, 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera, and a fingerprint reader on the back.

All of these features will set you back by $780 (NT$24,990). What is also noteworthy is that, its top models are certified for Google’s Daydream VR platform.

ASUS has also announced the launch of its ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M), which is a mid-range tablet featuring, 4GB RAM, resolution of 2,048 x 1,536, 32GB of storage expandable with MicroSD, 8MP back camera, 5 MP front camera and running Android 6.0.

The tablet houses a hex-core MediaTek Chip (dual 2.1GHz Cortex-A72 and quad 1.7GHz Cortex-A53) so it should be able to satisfy the average user’s video and gaming needs.

Furthermore, the tablet has a 802.11.ac WiFi, DTS Headphone:X audio, USB Type-C port, and a 5,900 mAH battery. Although it comes with Quick Charge 3.0, the charger has to be purchased separately.

It will cost you $340 (NT$10,990) in August.

Initially the series will become available in Hong Kong and in Taiwan before being released in other markets globally.

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