Asus is expanding the family, Brady Bunch style!
On July 14th, 2016 thy added two (2) more family member to the Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Deluxe, and Zenfone 3 Ultra set to be released sometime later in September 2016 as I’d declared in Asus releasing ZenFone 3 Dragons on Taipei, USA in September 2016.
The new additions are:
- US$268 Zenfone 3 Laser
- US$201 Zenfone 3 Max
The new members of the Asus family were announced at a special event at Vietnam as the snapshot shows below.
So what makes these new additions the Apple of Asus’ eyes?
Zenfone 3 Laser and Zenfone 3 Max – Christmas Present wrapped and bound
Based on the name, the US$268 Zenfone 3 Laser is the successor to the Zenfone 2 Laser.
The 5.5inch 1080p touchscreen Android smartphone is protected by 2.5D glass and is only 7.9mm thick. The all metal Zenfone 3 Laser has an unspecificed processor, but I suspect it may be an upgrade on the Zenfone 2 Laser as it’s supported by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
The camera has my mind blown as it’s a 13 Megapixel PixelMaster 3.0 camera that uses the Sony IMX214 sensor that’s packin’ an ultra fast 0.03s secondgeneration laser autofocus system.
It also has a fingerprint sensor, which seems to be fairly standard security to protect your nude photos from prying eyes. No specs on the battery but again, expect an upgrade to the battery found in the Zenfone 2 Laser.
You might find the scant information for the Zenfone 3 Laser annoying but it gets even worse for the Zenfone 3 Max! All that’s known it that the US$201 Zenfone 3 Max is also a descendant of the original Zenfone Max. It boasts a 5.2inch IPS LCD touchscreen and runs an unspecified flavour of Android.
It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Oddly the Zenfone 3 Max carries a 4,100 mAh battery that’s a step down from Zenfone Max’s 5,000 mAh cell.
Still these two (2) siblings are well priced despite the lack of full specs and launch dates. However, no matter when they’re finally launched, they are already Christmas bound as many will have them pre-ordered for their loved ones at Christmas!
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