Anonymous, 25 Nov 2016wow thanks for sharing. i do have an inexpensive asus tablet and the screen is great and colo... moreConnectivity is super! 4G on Three network in the UK gives me between 80 - 105 Mbps download and 25 - 40 Mbps upload. Wifi is as good as a desktop computer and comes in at 45Mps which surprisingly is less than my 4G. I'm trying to post a link to speedtest result after this sentence (if it shows then cut and paste into your browser, if it does not show then they don't allow links): speedtest.net/my-result/a/2412223177
Many people including me, had an issue with Samsung phones and Bluetooth connection i.e. once connected to a car or other device, many Samsung phones would start playing music. It was so annoying - and I tried many fixes on the net that did not work. Well ZF3U does not give me this problem. I haven't tried creating a Wifi or Bluetooth hotspot, so unable to talk about that sort of connectivity.
BTW for those interested, there has been a price drop by about £30 at eglobalcentral (at this time). The current price makes ZF3U a better overall purchase than the ZF3 Deluxe, if I had to choose. But as I said before, it's about personal choice. If people just want to go on specs alone that's fine. I do say again that the synergy among the components on this ZF3U, is something that specifications alone cannot give an idea of real life performance.
The way I see it is that it's a balance of the following factors (not a complete list):
1. Size of phone/screen.
2. Screen performance.
3. Sound input/output performance.
4. Camera quality x 2.
6. Specification e.g. RAM, processors etc.
7. Memory expansion.
8. Dual or single sim.
9. Splash/water resistance - ZF3U is not as far as I'm aware.
10. Battery capacity.
11. Power management features and power usage.
12. Metal and/or plastic housing - ZF3U is sturdy metal, so won't do a bendigate unless extreme force is applied.
13. After sales support.
For me ZF3U was ideal balancing the above. Others may find a different balance that suits them and choose a different phone.
I'm now considering buying a second ZF3U!! I'm so over the moon about this phone!! LMAO
CaptainWalker, 24 Nov 2016About quality of the screen for watching video and photos -
I speak from personal experience... morewow thanks for sharing. i do have an inexpensive asus tablet and the screen is great and colors are really sharp. i enjoy watching movies on it. i'm really starting to like this phone.
i also need to ask you about its connectivity. have you encountered any issues about the zf3u connecting to wifi/mobile data?
Anonymous, 22 Nov 2016may i know more about the quality of the screen? how is watching movies and surfing the net o... moreAbout quality of the screen for watching video and photos -
I speak from personal experience - it's brighter, sharper and obviously bigger. Some have not set their brightness settings properly and have complained. Be careful about reports based on a quick appraisals of this phone. It took me two days to discover the correct screen settings for me. But turning up the brightness causes me to be dazzled. I'm not joking.
I keep mentioning Note 7 - because that was my real reference point. Note 7 was Amoled. ZF3U is IPS. So why am I so impressed? Because it is truly better than Note 7 screen in my overall interactions.
The down side of IPS is that viewing angles from the side are not great. So if you want to show stuff to people sitting more than 45 degrees on either side behind you, then they will see a slightly dimmer image than the lovely crisp goodness that you see, in adaptive brightness mode. However, you could just crank the brightness all the way up and dazzle a few people!! LOL. It's about show-factor for some people.
As I've said before in this forum, it is about personal choice. For me, I don't like people darting their eyes over at my phone - and I do catch um doing this on trains etc - so the IPS screen is great for me. They're now most unlikely to see much from their usual vantage points. People in and around big cities here in the UK claim to be minding their own business. I don't believe them!
But I'll give a little story. I gave my phone to a young lady to play with for about 10 minutes. She got on to YouTube, webpages and some games. She suddenly burst out, "This thing is so bright colourful and sharp. I love it!" And.. and.. she is a dedicated Samsung Note 4 user which has a very nice big bright screen.
A couple days ago, I had the ZF3U nearby but in a power saving mode (where networks power down after a few minutes). I didn't use it for 10 hours that day cuz I was doing most stuff on the computer. Total juice used: 2%. That's what I call lovely. I never got that with any Samsung phone.
There have been so many gripes about bloatware. But actually I had more bloatware from Samsung than on ZF3U.
Well I have no argument with people who want to pay more for a higher spec phone. All I can say is that in practical use of this phone, its components work so well together that I'm blown away. LOL.
Anonymous, 22 Nov 2016I read that it was 4k on asus.com. Also takes 4k pictures (92 MP), not 23 MP92 mp in hdr mode
Anonymous, 14 Nov 2016that phone is lower spec why would anyone want it8 CPUs low specs,how about LG V20,only running @ 4 CPUs?
Are you mad?
may i know more about the quality of the screen? how is watching movies and surfing the net on it? thanks
India launching/availability date??
Have been waiting long.
I'm back to shout about the Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra. Apologies to those who may be offended. I mean no offence.
There has been much preoccupation about how the specifications on the Zenfone 3 Ultra are less than on other models of Asus phones or other brands of phones. It is a fact that the 3 Ultra has less grunt based on raw specs.
However, I urge all to consider how the specifications in this phone works together to give an experience. Keep in mind that I came to this phone very sceptical, as I too used to rely heavily on specifications on RAM, camera power, CPU power, and other processors. That sort of thinking led me to purchase the hottest phone in history namely the ill-fated Samsung Note 7 - which was so hot that it exploded, brought down planes and caught vehicles on fire etc. LOL [JTBC - I'm well aware that Note 7 is out of the picture and not for sale from retail outlets.]
Note 7 was/is a much higher specification of phone than Zenfone 3 Ultra and I'm not going to debate S-pens etc. However, as a former Note 7 user, I'm loving the Zenfone 3 Ultra far more. I didn't expect to be saying this. In gaming and other everyday uses of the 3 Ultra, I am actually much happier. I experience no performance under-runs relative to Note 7. I've now forgotten about Antutu scores.
What's my main point? Specification is not everything. It's about how a phone is put together i.e. how it uses what's on board. It's about synergy of the components. That's something you'll be unlikely to learn about by just looking at specs.
It also very much depends on individual needs. If some people like paying more for the joy of holding a device with rear-kicking specs, certainly find something higher end. If other people wish to unstick from raw specs and enjoy a phone that will do everything that a higher spec phone with greater grunt will do, (excepting things like S-pen) then think about the Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra.
My view here should be taken together with my other assessments posted in this forum.
This phone Asus zen3 ultra zu680kl is absolutely awesome!!! In all aspects.
Anonymous, 14 Nov 2016that phone is lower spec why would anyone want itLower specs?
Are you kidding me?
The Zenfone 3 Deluxe has way more powerful Snapdragon 821 processor, 6 GB RAM and 4K video recording capability.
Whats more impt RAM or CPU and whats the difference?
Ultra vs Deluxe
Brandon dole, 29 Oct 2016Hi, i would like to know anyone using this phone in Canada on rogers LTE network and did you h... moreDid anyone answer your ZENFONE 3 ULTRA ATT Question? It's the only thing preventing me from buying it.
TJ, 26 Oct 2016Does this phone work with AT&T's 4G LTE in the United States?Anyone using ATT got any LTE 4G connection problems? Before I buy it.
Max, 13 Nov 2016Anyone with his brain in right place would pay a little more and buy a Zenfone 3 Deluxe instea... more@Max
Your opinion is harsh bordering on insulting. Zenfone 3 Deluxe is indeed a very fine phone. It is expected to be better than the Zenfone 3 Ultra for some. People have different individual needs and preferences. They are entitled to use their brains which may well be 'in the right place', to choose any phone that suits their needs or circumstances. JTBC - I've only been shouting about the Zenfone 3 Ultra because it suits my personal requirements. I was careful to outline those preferences/needs in 6 numerated points. I recommended it on the basis of those sharing similar preferences/needs.