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Asus goes big, real big, with new ZenFone 3 line-up

As had been widely expected, Asus has chosen this week’s Computex 2016 event in Taiwan to unveil its new flagship phone, the ZenFone 3.

Shown off in Taipei on Monday, the new Android handset comes in three variants – the 5.5-inch ZenFone 3, 5.7-inch ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and the enormous 6.8-inch ZenFone 3 Ultra, which in most people’s hands is likely to feel more ZenTablet than ZenFone.

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Rumors suggesting the ZenFone would for the first time incorporate a fingerprint security scanner were bang on the mark, with the new sensor situated on the rear of the two smaller models, and on the front of the Ultra. The handsets also come with Qualcomm chipsets, marking a switch from the Intel and MediaTek processors used by Asus in its earlier ZenFones.

Of the three new offerings, the Deluxe is clearly the stand-out device. With its stunning design and impressive specs, we’re now eagerly awaiting price confirmation – Asus at this stage is only telling us each of the devices will cost between $200 and $549. As for availability, it appears all three devices will indeed be coming to the U.S. We’ll update with a time frame just as soon as we get it.

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