The Asus ZenFone 3 line, along with almost everything else Asus announced at Computex and IFA this year, will be coming to the United States over the next two months. Besides the models we heard about at those two shows, Asus has a couple other lower-cost options for the ZenFone.
The 5.7″ ZenFone 3 Deluxe, the company’s 2016 flagship, will be available for preorder this month. But, it looks like we won’t see the lower-cost glass-backed ZenFone 3. Instead, Asus will sell the 5.5″ ZenFone 3 Deluxe, which takes the hardware of the ZenFone 3 (the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, 1080p IPS display, and 16 MP rear Sony Exmor camera) and puts them in the unibody aluminum case of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe. There will also be a special edition of the 5.7″ ZenFone 3 Deluxe, which will run on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC being used in the Google Pixel and will have 256 GB of storage.
The 5.7″ ZenFone 3 Deluxe, as previously announced, will be $500 and can be preordered from Asus now. The special edition with the Snapdragon 821 SoC and 256 GB of storage will cost $800, and will be available directly from Asus online later this month. The 5.5″ ZenFone 3 Deluxe will cost $400, as opposed to the $250 originally quoted for the glass-backed ZenFone 3 with the same specs. However, Asus is also selling the ZenFone 3 Laser, a $200 option without the aluminum build and with a 13 MP camera with laser autofocus (hence the name).
The ZenBook 3, Asus’ high-powered lightweight laptop, is available now starting at $1,100. The newly round ZenWatch 3 will be available in early November starting at $230. Sadly, there was no mention of Zenbo, Asus’ ultra adorable smart home robot, in their announcement, so it seems like we might still have to wait a while for him to start rolling into homes.