Nanivon, 13 Aug 2017I felt sad that Asus did not release a new model of this phone. I'm considering upgrading my Z... moreActually the Mi Max 2 has an official global ROM version if you want to have the official Google Playstore and other Google Apps ans no Chinese apps/characters. If you find the Mi Max 2's snapdragon 625 processor too low end, you can upgrade to the Original Mi Mix which now has an official global Rom version with official Google Playstore and Google Apps. It costs lesser than the Zenfone 3 ultra now but has more premium build, processor and features not like the highly overpriced Zenfone 3 ultra which sports midrange specs at flagship prices.
I felt sad that Asus did not release a new model of this phone. I'm considering upgrading my Zenfone 3 Ultra if Asus will release an Asus Zenfone 4 Ultra model. I couldn't find a phone in the market that would match my current phone. Mi Max 2 is too low end for my liking. And I don't like the Mi Max Chinese OS. It's so annoying.
I have had this phone for more than a year, I love it, I like very much its Camera, I got the craters on the moon ¡ I like it's twin speakers I like the Quality of the Screen, it's size, And many other features.
The things I expect from the next zenfone ULTRA would be a snapdragon 800 family processor or at least the 660,to be able to edit the videos it Can record, and to have bluetooth 5.0 . and a 6 or 8 GB MEMORY.
sound recording becomes awful sometimes when it changes levels rendering many VIDEOS or sound recordings useless,, I DON'T KNOW if there is a manual setting for recording levels or some app for that. I use it in Mexico where the proper LTE band isn't available, yet other zenfone 3 models here do. I'll buy the next 6.8 ultra, this phone is not for your common user, I'm not a common user. don't betray us, your admirers.
fux1976, 18 Jul 2017I got it at last!!! Bargain on Amazon! Updated to 7.0, rooted (easily). What a beatiful beast!... moreWhy my zenfone ultra3 is not automaticaly update the sofware even i update manually how to do.the version is still in 6.0.i need your help thank you
I got it at last!!! Bargain on Amazon! Updated to 7.0, rooted (easily). What a beatiful beast! I owned Xiaomi Mi Max (accidentally broken) which was great (camera apart). But this one... The best phablet ever! I owned Xperia Z Ultra (great), Huawei P8 Max (UI disappointing). Really happy :)
JJ, 04 Jul 2017The comparison was as a result of a previous poster making a comparison based on features, fun... moreUnderstand your point, it is more to the appreciation on the phone itself rather than shouting on specification to compete which is a better phone. In fact, both are ok phone to use, just the selling point is different.
I personally using Mi Max 32GB as my main driver, previously using Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Acer Liquid S2, OPPO Find 7. This Mi Max is the best among those, which really outperform those, with really smooth experience, heavy duty, long battery life, has Quick Charge, no overheating like crazy, frequent OS update, and comparable camera quality, and just cost less than half. Only feature missing is NFC, but added IR, which is very useful for me like my old S4. Recently buying a Qualcomm QC2.0 charger and I really satisfied with it overall. This is also the only phone that can last for full 1 day on heavy usage
Anonymous, 03 Jul 2017Well, cannot compare the phone with different price range as it is unfair.
Mi Max is a budget... moreThe comparison was as a result of a previous poster making a comparison based on features, functionality etc as well as the day to day usage of one device versus another. So in my humble opinion, the comments are fair based on that chain of conversation. The comparison wasn't about technical pricing of the chip set etc, which may indeed show that its overpriced. However, as I tried to say in one of my previous posts, only the person buying the phone can justify if the price is right for them, this can be a subjective matter and is not quite as cut and dried as a specification sheet for most users. In real world usage, a faster chip may not be noticeable to most ordinary users, such as myself, and potentially most ordinary users may not look at the chip as the first point of interest (I have never looked at which chip a phone has)
In summary, I understand your point, but it wasn't the crux of what was being discussed.
nanivon, 27 Jun 2017I have both the Mi Max & Zenfone 3 Ultra but definitely the Ultra is much more superior th... moreWell, cannot compare the phone with different price range as it is unfair.
Mi Max is a budget device and Zenfone 3 Ultra is twice or trice more expensive, and for sure can be equipped better. However, it is just equipped with SD652, which doesn't match it's price tag, considering it is same price as Zenfone 3 Deluxe.
Peter2, 30 Apr 2017I got the 7.0 update... Everything works great, except the music app doesn't work properly (it... moreThis is typical "ASUS" issue that happen frequently.
It can't detect the Micro SD card properly after updates.
I first encounter this issue on Fonepad, and get the phone motherboard replaced 2 times to solve this issue and overall a quality issue (phone death).
Then, I got myself a Zenfone 2, also getting this issue after update firmware.
No problem to my micro SD card, it is the phone issue.
I downgrade software, factory reset, all no help. Suggest you consult at service center.
Just shutoff very often alone, most of the times when seeing videos. Less than 6 months using it, and just hate. Anyone knows why this is happening?
fonusr67, 27 Jun 2017will this worlk with verizon wireless in US?No, phone is unlocked GSM and Verizon is CDMA only.
Im here in saudi arabia im looking for this phone anywhere i cant find please help where can i buy asus zenfone 3 ultra🤔🤔
I have both the Mi Max & Zenfone 3 Ultra but definitely the Ultra is much more superior than the Mi Max in almost all aspects. The only thing that holds me to keep the Mi Max is just its battery life. Definitely, it has more battery life than the Ultra. I use it as a back up phone just in case my Ultra & Iphone 7+ battery would get drained. For me, the Ultra is my over all multi media phone. I just love the screen of this phone. I feel like I'm watching on TV and not on a phone. I use it mostly on my social media activities, watching videos on YT, Netflix or streaming movies. I just love the speaker of this phone. I don't need to use another speaker if I need to watch something. It's loud enough that i can hear the sounds very clearly. I also use it to edit the photos taken from my fujifilm XA2 that I posted on IG & FB. I don't really use the camera of this phone because I prefer my XA2 camera over my phone cameras. I can't say anything about the gaming performance of this phone because I don't play games on my phone. I think the high price of this phone is really justified because it's really a superior phone of its class & size. I had this phone since October 2016 and so far I'm still happy with it. I still couldn't find a phablet of this size that is more superior than the Ultra in my opinion. I highly recommend the Zenfone 3 Ultra if you really want a phablet of this size. I really hope the next generation of the Ultra line would be much more superior than this.
JJ, 14 Jun 2017It depends on your budget, but I would advise you check into it yourself, read reviews, watch ... moreIt's really difficult to justify the Zenfone 3 ultra's price because of the existence of the Mi Max. If the Zenfone 3 ultra only had an IR blaster in addition to all the other features it currently has (slimport, FM radio, etc.), then I'd say its worth more than the iphone 7 plus or samsung galaxy s8+.
Anonymous, 01 Jun 2017Seriously, No. Better for you to buy the Mi Max Prime. The Mi Max Prime has a larger battery... moreIt depends on your budget, but I would advise you check into it yourself, read reviews, watch videos on Youtube (plenty of videos of Zenfone vs others on there). ThereĀs a reason why thereĀs a different in price between Mi Max and Zenfone, some of which will be quality of build materials of the case, camera specification, speakers and other specification differences. If you have narrowed your choice down to Mi Max and Zenfone, only you can decide what is important to you as some things will obviously be deal breakers. For example I see an IR blaster as a non-feature for me, alongside water resistance, but everyone has an opinion. Personally I looked at both and chose Zenfone as it had better reviews and I like the feel of a solid aluminium brick in my jeans pocket :-D
This phone is so big and cool, 4gb ram, 4600mAh batery... Amesome phone!
Peter2, 30 Apr 2017I got the 7.0 update... Everything works great, except the music app doesn't work properly (it... moreFactory reset your phone after the update, the Music app has been discontinued by Asus, a Factory reset would remove it and other old unmaintained Asus apps from your phone. Asus is planning to slowly discontinue most of its apps and replace them with Google's equivalent apps. For music you can use the default Google Play Music app or you can install any other player. They have also removed Asus Notes, Asus recommends to use Google Keep instead of it.
They have also planned to remove the gallery app in the next update, they gonna replace it with Google Photos. Asus's new plan is to combine stock Android app experience with their Zen UI.
juju, 26 May 2017is this phone worth buying?Seriously, No. Better for you to buy the Mi Max Prime. The Mi Max Prime has a larger battery (4850mAh vs. 4600mAh for the Zenfone ultra) so you enjoy the big screen longer. Both have the same screen resolution (1920x1080) and the same Snapdragon 652 processor so you're getting the same processing power and screen quality. The Mi Max has slightly smaller screen size (6.44" vs. 6.8" for the Zenfone ultra) but it is by no means a large disadvantage especially when you consider that the slightly smaller screen makes the Mi Max easier to handle and more pocketable. The Mi Max size is what I would call a 'true phablet (still a phone) while the Zenfone 3 ultra is more of a 'mini tablet' with phone functionality. The Mi Max also has an infrared blaster built in which gives you a powerful master remote controller for almost all your appliances everywhere you go (tv, dvd/bd/cd players, receivers/amplifiers, cable/satellite tv box, aircon, etc.). The Zenfone 3 ultra does not have remote control functionality. Lastly, you can get two Mi Max 128 GB phones for the price on one Zenfone 3 ultra 64GB phone. In short, the Zenfone 3 ultra is just not worth buying given its current price and lack of compelling features that justify its 2 times the price over the Mi Max.