I believe this will be my next phone. I've never owned a Asus product, but I think this is the one for me.
Jeff, 30 Sep 2016I do support this statement of yours, phones with fingerprint sensor in rear are indeed inconv... moreBack side finger print sensor was available with HTC One Max on 2013 and it is indeed very convenient for a big device for "single hand use". Imagine if the FP sensor was on the front face and you try to unlock it using one hand; holding the phone in one hand and unlocking it will probably cause you to drop the phone. I personally am very happy with rear FP sensor.
Chaosruler, 06 Oct 2016infra red sensor != infra red blaster the latter is what you expect for IR devices control t... moreHmm, now that makes sense. Most probably such a system is beneficial for AR and VR systems.
This is like the LG V20, a big phone with a tiny battery. Why not at least 4000mAh?
Jeff, 04 Oct 2016Yeah you are right.
I installed the IR Remote app but it didn't work for me either.
That's... moreinfra red sensor != infra red blaster
the latter is what you expect for IR devices control
the former is for movement tracking mostly and heat-tracking... like the wiimote has
Chaosruler, 02 Oct 2016https://s10.postimg.org/s0zfawdq1/Screenshot_20161002_234837.jpg
Dude I am not lying... it ... moreYeah you are right.
I installed the IR Remote app but it didn't work for me either.
That's really odd because there's a infrared sensor on the back. I think that infrared sensor is for some other purpose.
Chaosruler, 03 Oct 2016I came from Note 4 (SM-N910F)... I actually don't feel much difference about battery life, de... moreThank you very much for the clarification and timely response! One last bit, where did you purchase your AZ3D?
what is its price in Dubai? and when this phone ll be released in dubai...??? i have checked online websites but can't find Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL...
lbf, 03 Oct 2016What's your impression about the phone, especially about battery life? Does Smart Remote detec... moreI came from Note 4 (SM-N910F)...
I actually don't feel much difference about battery life, device is running much less hotter than Note 4
I DO NOT have any IR remote hardware or any pre-installed IR remote app and I have tried several, I believe the IR sensor in the back of the device is for camera purposes for motion detection (similar to the one on Wii motes)
the device is very very fast and responsive (256GB/6GB RAM) and the "all metal" design looks so much more better than they advertised, it actually feels different from a lot of phones I held in the past (including iPhones), but I don't feel the difference regarding the antenna... though I did have some GPS issues but it was probably worked out after a software update
the touch screen is one of the best I have worked with, but the digital buttons on the bottom are somehow "too responsive", I sometimes want to press the back button "once" but it presses twice, I wish I could've modded the sensitivity, but it requires root...
and about root - in Zenfone 2 ASUS released a bootloader unlock tool to unlock the bootloader so you could install any recovery you'd want and from there you could flash root into your device (along with any ROM you want, but you don't really want to do that as of now), this time around I don't see any official bootloader unlock tool (and unofficial) and that's somehow really missing from android (could really love some of xposed mods) so if you are buying the device soon - you are going to accept that for now there's lack of root until the community at XDA or somewhere else decides to unlock the bootloader
about the camera - that's a story for itself... I can take pictures while moving and they'd turn great, I can take pictures on the darkest rooms and the pictures would turn great, I even took a picture directly facing the sun and it turn great... I never had the pleasure of auto-focus working so well while moving so you could take a picture while moving, this is very awesome for travelling, the back facing camera is THE BEST phone camera I have ever seen
The Zen UI launcher is very good - I came from Nova Launcher on the Note 4, what I loved
about the Nova Launcher is the ability to mod it to your liking, you could turn on count notification on all apps except specific (WhatsApp, Messaging, specific e-mail apps), you could include software implentation for "knock knock" similar to the one present on LG phones (which is very handy while driving) and various touch animations....
Zen UI doesn't do better than Nova Launcher but I didn't install Nova Launcher because Zen UI does pretty good job, it allows you to mod the notification count, give you different animation to different screen reaction, it allows you to have live wallpaper dependable on the time\battery left - which in my book is very creative, it allows you to have different grid sizes of the screens and multiple screens and it allows you to mod the folder grid size itself (the inside) but if you lack an option, you can't add it to the launcher like on Nova Launcher... I for example had on Nova Launcher the ability to add a button that when pressed, the device wouldn't require fingerprint to unlock, a handy option while driving, because even with the knock knock support Asus implented (in the hardware judging by the response time) It's not easy enough to type the custom PIN code, so for those of us who love the advantage of finerprint security but had to do it while driving - will have to wait till the device is rooted to gain that, but other than that the launcher is very open to you....
ofc you can e-mail Asus for support to include such option (prevent device lock) but that would kill the point of android... if I wanted someone to do the job for me and to wait while they do that - I'd go apple...
I am also a developer, I used my device as debugging device, I have to tell you that Zen UI lets you the freedom of that, Note 4's TouchWiz UI would sometimes (and very annoyingily) interfere with my debugging by reducing my app priority on the debugger on android, increasing CPU frequency suddenly (which would increase the timer frequency and therefore might leave some pieces out of sync) which made it very hard to stabilize my application for "proof of concept\possiblity" run before working on it to be more stablizied on other devices, while developing on the Note 4 I had to make sure the app is very very stable if I used unofficial libraries (such as Dropbox, Yahoo etc.... Firebase worked great though) because if I wouldn't, the app would crash... with this phone it didn't happen once, I don't know if it's because it's not using Samsung sources more than how Zen UI is (for example, I am sure developing on Nexus device would be as much fun) so I can't commend on Zen UI to be this friendly, but I can tell you that its more friendly than TouchWiz UI
as for gaming - I can't comment so much about it as I mainly installed emulators (GB & GBC, GBA, LucasArts SCUMMVM) but on the few games I did play (The World Ends With You Solo Remix, Hearthstone, FIFA 15: UT, Pokemon GO) the performance was much better than on the Note 4 (especially on heartstone - it is very heavy game unlike what everyone thinks), TWEWY Solo Remix ran extreemly fast, the improved touch input availabe on the phone made the game much better, heartstone loading time was decreased by a lot and runs much smoother (probably because heartstone works with a lot of cache memory and the UFS II storage runs faster), Pokemon GO app runs very quick (though dependable on the servers) but unless you tick power saver mode - it still uses a lot of battery (though unlike my Note 4, I didn't feel device heat) and the emulators are calibrated for lower end devices so I think it is kind of obvious they were very very fast and responsive on the Zenfone 3 Deluxe
as for hardware, I am not sure people noticed but you have the ability to either use 2 different simcards or 1 simcard & 1 memory card, that choice means a lot to me, even though I obviously chose the second one
Does Smart IR Remote or any other 3rd party IR remote app work with the AZ3D?? Anybody who has this phone or know someone that does, JUST TEST IT PLEASE, thank you.
Gsmarena, where is the review of this expensive deluxe version of Zenfone 3?
Jeff, 17 Sep 2016Of course this device is pricier than Axon 7, Mi5 and OnePlus 3 but let us not forget that ASU... moreMay be in your country, ASUS after sales service is good, but not in my country.
Been owning the Intel Atom Zenfone 2 and this phone is a disaster.
Sending many time to service centre to fix this and that but still cannot solve the issue until warranty period over.
Aside from the Intel processor that frequently overheat, and have compatible issue, the call quality, sim tray, micro sd slot, the ZenUI, all has issue.
The phone like to keep restarting itself in a day for few time. Then, ZenUI always freeze, even on the latest update. Sim tray some time cannot detect sim card, then micro sd slot now already cannot detect any micro sd card after warranty. It call speaker also very quiet.
It is way low quality than other cheap phone that I own, which is disappointed.
This is not happen on me only, but all my friend also facing the same issue with their Zenfone 2.
Yes, the same cannot be apply to Zenfone 3, may be ASUS has sort out all the issue, then already ditch the Intel processor and favour to Qualcomm Snapdragon, it already made me lose faith on this brand.
PS:It's Zenfone Zoom 128GB now just half price from it's original price, and yet nobody in my country rush to buy it, simply because of headache on Zenfone 2, left too much old stock. Zenfone 2 also half price now.
Chaosruler, 02 Oct 2016I have the phone... I don't think there's an IR blaster on this phone, I don't see it and I do... moreWhat's your impression about the phone, especially about battery life? Does Smart Remote detect IR blaster?
Jeff, 02 Oct 2016You can use the app called Smart IR Remote. Please can someone to confirm IR blaster on this mobile?
Jeff, 02 Oct 2016You can use the app called Smart IR Remote. https://s10.postimg.org/s0zfawdq1/Screenshot_20161002_234837.jpg
Dude I am not lying... it even says it doesn't support due to lack of hardware component and this is ZenFone 3 Deluxe
Jeff, 02 Oct 2016Yes it can control IR equipment but you need to install 3rd party app to emulate the remote.
... moreI have the phone... I don't think there's an IR blaster on this phone, I don't see it and I don't see it on ASUS official website on the device, in fact only on gsmarena I see it has IR blaster...
tell me which 3rd party app you were talking about?
Anonymous, 02 Oct 2016Can it control air conditioners via infrared Blaster ???Has someone tried it ??Yes it can control IR equipment but you need to install 3rd party app to emulate the remote.
Other than that the position of IR sensor is bit odd, i.e., to the side of the phone so you need to hold it in a rather unconventional way.