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.
CaptainWalker, 13 Nov 2016@Mary (some more) I have no complaints on voice quality and I've been spending a whole lot mo... moreThank you for your reply! And detailed information on the Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra! Really nice to read such a detailed review! Best Regards!
Anyone with his brain in right place would pay a little more and buy a Zenfone 3 Deluxe instead of this phone.
Mary, 09 Nov 2016Hello! Have you tried conversation over the speakerphone? Do people on the other side hear you... more@Mary (some more)
I have no complaints on voice quality and I've been spending a whole lot more on the this phone using the mobile/cellular network. I wonder if some people have not updated their Android via ASUS. I've received 3 updates in the last fortnight - and on each occasion I can feel the phone working sweeter and sweeter. Skype calls are just super brilliant!! Very clear indeed and I think this must be due to the sound processing technology in this phone.
ASUS seems far more responsive than Samsung in their customer care. The so-called bloatware on the phone is actually to connect customers directly to their forums, help services, updates and call centres. It's been lovely.
The fingerprint sensor is super fast. Noticeably faster than Note 7. I really don't miss Iris recognition. Touching the fingerprint sensor in sleep mode gets you in almost instantly.
Power management options are also exciting. It probably was on a Samsung phone too - I don't know - but on ZF3ultra I can easily select an option to turn off internet networks after I put the phone to sleep (not turned off). I'm very happy with that, cuz it conserves power by avoiding the phone regularly using juice to keep live internet connections. And for me - I don't like being disturbed by emails and chat messages coming in at certain times. Of course this feature is optional and configurable to individual needs - so you can keep it in the default mode to receive stuff all the time. I like the option because when in sleep mode (with screen off - phone still on), I can see very easily how little juice it uses. I could leave this on sleep with internet off and it'll use only about 2% juice in a whole day - and still be able to receive regular calls. How lovely is that!! Very!
Oh I forgot to add in my review that ZF3Ultra has an FM Radio to pick up digital stations! I love it. I only occasionally use the radio - but it's still a joy to have.
And finally - WAZE - been using this as my SatNav when phone is placed in carphone holder, and I'm now jumping around for joy while at the steering wheel cuz it's so lovely!! (Joking of course). Ditched TomTom Mobile as it repeatedly failed to install. Waze works absolutely lovely on this phone - much better than on Note 7. The juicy big screen just works so well with Waze - colours are nice, view is sharp and no need to rock forward in your seat to see what's happening on Waze. Voice overs through Bluetooth from Waze are very clear.
I apologise if I appear to be selling this phone. As I mentioned before I have no interest in ASUS and have no brand loyalty to any manufacturer of phones. I'm just so overjoyed with the ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra that I have to shout about it. It recently won over the competition in one showdown here: https://youtu.be/90ssjv28fnU (cut and paste to browser or search Gagetmatch channel on YouTube).
Mary, 09 Nov 2016Hello! Have you tried conversation over the speakerphone? Do people on the other side hear you... more@Mary
Yes of course. My experience is overwhelmingly good on voice calls. Keep in mind that I defected from Samsung phones after several years!! I'll give my experience.
Speakerphone conversation: Loud - very loud. Very clear. No lag on either side of conversation (and I used to get some lag with the Note 7 - good riddance.) In fact speakerphone is so loud and juicy that you feel the other person is in the room with you. Voice sounds very natural.
I also use the Zenfone 3 ultra handsfree on Bluetooth connection in my car. Again this is overwhelmingly lovely compared to Note 7 or any other Samsung I've had. No microsecond lag, that you might normally live with and think that it's due to poor signal. It's not poor signal, I discovered. It's phones that struggle cope with voice to and fro. Well Zenfone 3 Ultra is the master of voice and sound. This thing more than copes. It's got reserve power. Note 7 was fussy about connecting to Bluetooth in the car even when I listed the car as a trusted connection. No such hassles with ZF3Ultra.
Why there's no review of the zenfone 3 ? ultra? deluxe? Are top phones available since settember , but other lower brands are quickly reviewed instead . I believe it's not fair talking all day about xiaomi samsung sony and others
CaptainWalker, 05 Nov 2016A lot of folk do not really understand the ZUK680KL. I can say this having viewed every YouTub... moreHello! Have you tried conversation over the speakerphone? Do people on the other side hear you? I have read complaints about this - that when talking over the speakerphone, people on the other side can't hear you. Have you tried this, If not, please try and reply. I like this phone and want to buy, but this thing worries me. Thank you!
Speaking frankly.An uppermost midrange class Taphlet(above 5.7-6.99 inches phablet!),with quite high design,features,and features in midrange,and drop of price as I see on my left side device...64 GB+4GB inside plus external memory is a good choice for those whom can afford it based on freedom of choice....Waiting for the complete gsmArena review!!?Justice Rights....