❤ Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL

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Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is a much better Android phone than its predecessor thanks to its full metal body design and, for the price, leading specs, including 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 23MP camera. It also now has the Android Oreo update.







  • 6GB of RAM onboard
  • Slick antenna-less metal design
  • Starts at 64GB of storage


  • Hidden cost: Snapdragon 821 version
  • 1080p display unfit for VR
  • Single, bottom-firing speaker


Zenfone 3 Deluxe represents a major upgrade to Asus‘ spelling-challenged smartphone series with a component design and specs you won’t find on many other Android phones at this price range.

Update: Although the Asus Zenfone V is the newest Asus phone you can buy, the you can still find the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe on Amazon for cheap, and it’s been updated with Google’s new Android Oreo software. Here’s our updated Zenfone 3 Deluxe review.

The smartphone is made a name for itself at Computex 2016 with 6GB of RAM. All but one (the OnePlus 3T) of our best phones ended 2016 with 4GB of RAM, which prevents slowdown with multiple apps open.

This phone also debuted the Snapdragon 821 chipset worldwide (though the Google Pixel and Pixel XL launched with the chip first in the West) and starts with 64GB of internal storage (going up to 256GB).

Of course, there’s also a more reasonably priced Snapdragon 820 version – the one we tested – but you wouldn’t know that from Asus’s 821-touting product page. The 820 is in fine print.





The Zenfone 3 Deluxe camera puts big numbers on the specs sheet, too, with a 23MP sensor, and so does the 5.7-inch display and it dual SIM/microSD card unlocked phoned capabilities.

But do these specs compute into anything meaningful now that it runs Android Oreo? Let’s explore this ‘fone.’

LAUNCH Announced 2016, May. Released 2016, August
Status Discontinued
BODY Dimensions 156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5 mm (6.16 x 3.05 x 0.30 in)
Weight 170 g (6.00 oz)
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
Size 5.7 inches, 89.6 cm2 (~74.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~386 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
PLATFORM OS Android 6.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to Android 8 (Oreo), ZenUI 3
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 (14 nm)
Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 (14 nm)
CPU Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)
Quad-core (2×2.4 GHz Kryo & 2×2.0 GHz Kryo)
GPU Adreno 530
MEMORY Card slot microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Single 23 MP, f/2.0, 1/2.6″, 1.0µm, PDAF, Laser AF, 4-axis OIS
Features Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
Video 4K@30fps
SELFIE CAMERA Single 8 MP, f/2.0
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
24-bit/192kHz audio
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 3.0, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY Type Li-Ion 3000 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 18W, 60% in 40 min (advertised)
Quick Charge 3.0
MISC Colors Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray, Shimmer Gold
Models Z016D
Price About 230 EUR



the design of this all-metal, 5.7-inch phone. Asus has done some clever engineering to hide the antenna lines and the result is a clean-looking metal device. The phone’s display is bright and vibrant. As for the Deluxe‘s charging lifespan, I’m pleased to report the embedded 3,000mAh battery is more than sufficient to last you a full day’s use and then some. In our video looping tests, the phone lasted 13 hours 55 minutes.

Now for the negatives. While the diagnostic benchmark scores were pretty good — thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor — actual day-to-day performance can be laggy. My best guess is that bloatware (a lot of preloaded apps) uses up precious memory and slows everything down, especially keeping all those apps updated in the background. In addition, I find the keyboard unwieldy. It keeps the settings button where the number switch key is usually located, and also has the worst autocorrect feature I’ve come across. You’re better off downloading and installing Google’s keyboard (which I did, after struggling for 2 hours with the Asus keyboard).

The rear 23-megapixel camera does a wonderful job snapping pictures when there’s enough light, but low-light situations are a bit hit and miss. The default auto mode keeps the shutter open longer for a brighter image, but if your subjects are constantly moving (like my cat), then all you get is a bright but blurry shot. Check out the test shots gallery below for a more in-depth look at the camera.

Hardware specs comparison

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Asus ZenFone 3 OnePlus 3T
Display size, resolution 5.7-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels
Pixel density 386ppi 401ppi 401ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.16×3.05×0.3 in 6.01×3.05×0.3 in 6.01×2.94×0.29 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 156.4×77.4×7.5 mm 152.6×77.4×7.7 mm 152.7×74.7×7.35 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6 oz; 170 g 5.47 oz; 155 g 5.57 oz; 158 g
Mobile software Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Camera 23-megapixel 16-megapixel 16-megapixel
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 16-megapixel
Video capture 4K 8-megapixel 4K
Processor 2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 / 2.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Storage 64GB, 256GB 32GB, 64GB 64GB, 128GB
Expandable storage Up to 2TB Up to 256GB None
Battery 3,000mAh (nonremovable) 3,000mAh (nonremovable) 3,400mAh (nonremovable)
Fingerprint sensor Back cover Back cover Home button
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Special features Dual-SIM, metal chassis with no antenna lines Laser/phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), fingerprint doubles as shutter button Notifications toggle, dual-SIM, Dash Charging
Price off-contract (USD) $500 $249 $439 (16GB), $479 (128GB)
Price (GBP) Converts to £410 Converts to £170 £399 (16GB), £439 (128GB)
Price (AUD) AU$735 Converts to AU$350 Converts to AU$590 (16GB), AU$650 (128GB)



The Good All-metal body looks premium; sleek design feels great. Has a whopping 6GB of RAM. Battery life is fantastic.

The Bad Rear camera can be sluggish in low light. Performance can be laggy. The cluttered user interface and bloatware make it a pain to use.

The Bottom Line The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe has a luxurious build that’s overshadowed by bloatware and poor performance — you’re better off with the OnePlus 3T or a cheaper ZenFone 3.