Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) phablet review

The device comes in a large black plastic box. If you open it, you can find the gadget itself from above, and the accessories are located in a drawer: a Quick Charge network adapter, a Type C USB cable, various waste paper with a paper clip, a headset with ear pads of different sizes, separately packed in a transparent plastic case. Everything looks quite premium.

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Introduction

In the middle of last year at Computex, Asus showed off several devices from the new ZenFone 3 line, including the ZenFone 3 Ultra. This is a compact tablet, or a huge phablet with a screen diagonal of 6.8 inches. The device was equipped with not the most productive solution from Qulacomm, however, there were no questions about the speed of work during testing, a large amount of memory was installed, two speakers with NXP Smart Amp amplifiers, the best camera modules with optical stabilization were used, DTS virtual 7.1 surround sound technology was used, and more a lot of interesting things, which are best described in more detail in this review.

If we are talking about positioning, then it is quite simple: Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra is for those who need a smartphone with a large screen diagonal.

At the moment, the device is available at a price of 40,000 rubles.

Design, dimensions, controls

The best thing about the design is succinctly stated on the official website of the company: "The design of the ZenFone 3 Ultra smartphone is made in accordance with the corporate identity of ASUS, reflecting the Zen philosophy in a modern way." This means that all three gadgets presented last year have common features. The phablet is rectangular in shape, with slightly rounded corners, slightly sloping side faces, flat front and back sides. Personally, I really like this appearance - no frills with a newfangled curvature of different sidewalls a la Samsung Edge series. The design is strict, but among the colors of the case there are not only gold and dark gray, but also pink - they pleased the lovely ladies.

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The dimensions of the device are as follows - 186x93x6.8 mm: significantly larger than any phablet, but smaller than a 7-inch tablet. Pay attention to the thickness of 6.8 mm, because the diagonal of the screen is also 6.8, only in a different dimension. With one hand, no matter what anyone says, it’s impossible to “use” the device comfortably, even despite the optimization of the software. Nevertheless, I didn’t have any particular problems using the ZenFone 3 Ultra, you just need to understand that it’s practically a tablet in front of you, and accordingly, you need to adjust to the size of the phablet.

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There is a thin chamfer along the perimeter. Over time, it began to become covered with small scratches and micro-chips. The side faces are matte, but relatively slippery, the back surface is also matte, but more rough. Again returning to the issue of usability, I will say that if you are not at rush hour on the subway, then there should be no problems.

The assembly of the Ultra is excellent - it does not creak, does not crunch. By the way, the screen is protected by fourth-generation Corning Gorilla Glass. The site says that the device has a very thin screen frame - 2.4 mm. This is not entirely true. This distance is from the matrix to the beginning of the case frame, but the most relevant distance (from the matrix to the edge of the case) is approximately 4 mm.

In general, Asus leaves a pleasant impression: a nice, strict design, good ergonomics, a thin case, excellent materials. The only thing missing is protection from dust and moisture, but I think it's a matter of time, that is, some ZenFone 4 will already be made according to the IP68 protection standard. I am sure that in the near future all gadgets will one way or another not be afraid of water.

At the top of the front of the Ultra there is a speaker (loud, with a margin of volume, bass, sounds clear), sensors, a selfie camera, an indicator of missed events. In Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra, I noticed one feature: when talking while lying down (the phablet is turned upside down), the interlocutor hears me much worse, approximately like when the signal is lost. This was especially pronounced on the old Apple iPhone 5.

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Below the display is a mechanical button with a combined fingerprint sensor. With it, you can answer an incoming call by simply resting your finger on the sensor. To the left of the button - "Back", to the right - "Menu".

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There are two stereo speakers, a microphone and a USB-C connector on the bottom. On the right side of the body is a metal power button with a relief surface. A little higher is a slot for a memory card or a nano-format SIM card, even higher is a sled for nanoSIM. There are no elements on the left.

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On the back there is a camera with a thin metal frame (protruding slightly above the body), laser focusing, LED dual illumination and a special sensor for color correction when analyzing data received from the camera (in other words, “hardware” white balance correction).

Ultra display resolution - FullHD, that is, 1080x1920 pixels, density - 323 pixels per inch. The matrix is ​​made using IPS technology without an air gap. ASUS VisualMaster 3.0 technology is used, which is a complex of hardware and software tools for improving image quality. In addition, there is such a thing as Tru2Life+:

"Powered by the latest image processing algorithms used in the most advanced 4K TVs, ASUS Tru2Life+ technology optimizes the contrast and sharpness of the picture to achieve the most realism.

Tru2Life+ technology automatically optimizes image sharpness to enhance fine detail. In particular, it makes the text displayed on the device screen more readable.

The technology described above also includes MEMC motion estimation and compensation algorithms that insert additional frames into videos to increase playback speed to 60 frames per second. This technique allows you to make video playback smoother and more detailed.

By filtering blue light, the screen's light intensity is minimized within the appropriate range to reduce eye fatigue without affecting the accuracy of other color tones.

Despite not having the highest pixel density, the Ultra doesn't look blurry. The image really looks great: the brightness is high, the colors are pleasant and accurate, the viewing angles are maximum, the colors are not distorted when tilted. The Asus Ultra matrix resembles the Meizu MX6 matrix, it also uses one of the best IPS matrices, if not the best. After nuclear Amoled and simple IPS, the Asus screen makes a great impression!

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Battery

Asus has a 4600 mAh non-removable battery. If I had not tested the device, then most likely I would have said that such a capacity is not enough for a 6.8-inch screen. However, the operating time of the Ultra pleased me. On average, the screen glow time was about 4 - 4.5 hours. I think this result is good.

In talk mode, the gadget lasts for 10 hours, in video mode at medium brightness, the battery runs out after 12 hours, surfing - about the same.

In general, in my operating conditions, the phablet worked for at least one day.

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The device supports fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0), so in 45 minutes you can charge the battery up to 60% from scratch. Interestingly, Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra can also act as an external power source, and the charge current is 1.5 A.

Communications

This device has two slots for nano SIM cards. The scheme is typical: either two SIM cards, or one, but with a microSD memory card. 4G LTE CAT 6 is applied. Frequencies:

  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28)
  • WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 19)
  • GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Wi-Fi is ac standard, Bluetooth version 4.2. Naturally, there is GPS and GLONASS.

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Memory

The device is equipped with 3 GB or 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, we had a 4 GB version. On average, about 2.5 GB is available. Built-in can be 64 GB or 128 GB. In addition, microSD cards up to 2TB are supported. The speed of reading and writing memory (64 GB version) is average, you can see from the screenshot below. It practically does not affect the work, at least I can’t say anything negative.

К сожалению, Galaxy S7 у меня не оказалось, поэтому приведу пример и сравнение с Meizu MX6 (справа) и Huawei P9 Plus (по центру).

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Как мне показалось, лучший результат у Asus. Днем картинка имеет больше деталей, при комнатном освещении детализация слегка уменьшается, ночью – очень даже неплохо. Однако в реальной жизни, не в идеальных тестовых условиях (неподвижная рука, протирка объектива и так далее), камера снимает средне, особенно при комнатном освещении: изображение становится нерезким, откуда-то появляется фиолетовый оттенок по углам, практически все движения смазаны.

In the camera settings, it's easy to enable HDR mode, and it can work constantly or in automatic mode. You should not use it in motion - a double picture appears.

The camera has a huge number of modes: HDR Pro, super resolution (92 MP), "children" (slightly more saturated colors and fast shooting), low light, night, depth of field (does not work well), selfie, animation, panorama, miniature , rewind, slow motion video, smart object removal, smile and so on.

The "low light" mode is very cool: you can get a completely normal picture even in complete darkness! "Super resolution" slightly improves the picture, it becomes a little clearer, but often you will not be able to use this function - it saves the frame for a long time (up to 5-10 seconds).

Full manual settings are present: focus, shutter speed from 32 seconds to 1/50,000 second, ISO (50 - 3200), exposure and white balance. Not only RAW.

The quality of the videos is not bad, but nothing like that. There is stabilization (it works adequately), there is 4K shooting (with and without a “stub”, with and without HDR), support for 60 FPS FullHD. Focus speed during video recording is slow. I didn’t like the sound, because the software “cuts” the noise too much.

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Примеры фотографий

Производительность и ОС

В модели Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra используется чипсет Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 (техпроцесс 28 нм, 8 ядер, графика Andreno 510). Данный чип не является топовым решением, но его производительности с головой хватает для всех задач, поставленных перед устройством: Asus не тормозит, работает шустро, игры запускаются все, и большая часть из них идет на максимальных настройках. Вообще, Ultra настолько быстрый, что даже тестовые Samsung S7 и Huawei P9 Plus начинают «курить в сторонке».

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra

The body of the device does not heat up when the processor is under load. In the popular Antutu test, the ZenFone 3 Ultra scores around 80,000 points, which is slightly above average. Again, tests are https://cars45.com.gh/92RS4Yc7oVZCJksPRcKraw9G tests, actual usage is another matter.

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The system is Google Android version 6.0, the proprietary shell is ZenUI 3.0.

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New UI features:

  • Animated widgets. The time and weather forecast are displayed in the interface using colorful animated widgets
  • Dynamic effects. The interface is brought to life by the parallax effect while swiping, and background freezing helps the eyes focus on what is in the foreground
  • User interface personalization.The ZenUI visual theme store has hundreds of smartphone UI designs
  • For lovers of mobile games. Game Genie is a set of technologies implemented in the ZenUI 3.0 user interface specifically for mobile gamers. With it, you can use a pop-up help window right during the game, increase the gaming performance of your smartphone, or organize an online broadcast of the gameplay via YouTube or Twitch
  • Photo editing apps - PhotoCollage, MiniMovie, etc.
  • A platform for creativity. The ZenCircle platform is a place where you can share your emotions and inspirations with the whole world, as well as see the creative work of other users
  • Convenient gesture control. ZenFone 3 features the ZenMotion gesture control system. For example, double-tapping the screen with your finger wakes up the device
  • Smartphone performance optimization. The Mobile Manager app is the one-stop shop for managing all of the ZenFone 3 settings that affect its power efficiency and performance.

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Multimedia

Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra uses two stereo speakers, consisting of five magnets and a special sound chamber design. In addition, the NXP Smart Amp is used.

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The volume of the speakers is very high, the sound is clear, deep, bass notes are heard. The stereo isn't quite extended as the speakers are a short distance apart. In any case, hardly anyone will remain indifferent after hearing the sound of Ultra.

SonicMaster 3.0 audio technology, applied in ZenFone 3 Ultra, is a combination of hardware and software that provides high-quality sound. Among other things, it provides noise minimization and improved speech reproduction when making voice calls over LTE (VoLTE). The ZenFone 3 Ultra is capable of playing audiophile-quality music files at 24-bit/192 kHz. The gadget also uses DTS Headphone:X technology to generate virtual surround sound in 7.1 format.

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In the box you will find a decent ASUS ZenEar S headset. It uses a three-layer diaphragm and dual resonant chambers. The headphone volume is high, the quality is good. Smartphones have an equalizer and separate bass and treble selections.

Surprisingly, the ZenFone 3 Ultra has a radio.

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Conclusion

I can honestly say that I really liked the device, I tested it with great pleasure and used the Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra a little as my main gadget. The device is definitely not for everyone due to its impressive dimensions, but it can easily replace a tablet.

In terms of technical parameters, this may not be the most sophisticated device, however, it works flawlessly, and its speed is enough for any task. Again, the display does not have a QHD resolution, but due to the use of a high-quality IPS-matrix using various technologies, the picture looks really cool on the Asus Ultra. Almost all applications work in tablet mode, which means that more information will fit on the display. Unlike many phablets, here the programs look adequate, and it is convenient to use them.

We should also highlight the smart interface: everything starts instantly.

The camera is not the best, but I got the most out of it

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) phablet review

The device comes in a large black plastic box. If you open it, you can find the gadget itself from above, and the accessories are located in a drawer: a Quick Charge network adapter, a Type C USB cable, various waste paper with a paper clip, a headset with ear pads of different sizes, separately packed in a transparent plastic case. Everything looks quite premium.

If we are talking about positioning, then it is quite simple: Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra is for those who need a smartphone with a large screen diagonal.

At the moment, the device is available at a price of 40,000 rubles.

Design, dimensions, controls

The best thing about the design is succinctly stated on the official website of the company: "The design of the ZenFone 3 Ultra smartphone is made in accordance with the corporate identity of ASUS, reflecting the Zen philosophy in a modern way." This means that all three gadgets presented last year have common features. The phablet is rectangular in shape, with slightly rounded corners, slightly sloping side faces, flat front and back sides. Personally, I really like this appearance - no frills with a newfangled curvature of different sidewalls a la Samsung Edge series. The design is strict, but among the colors of the case there are not only gold and dark gray, but also pink - they pleased the lovely ladies.

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The body of the gadget was created all-metal and seamless, that is, it has neither plastic inserts nor antenna wiring on the back side, like many smartphones from Meizu, HTC and other companies.

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“Using metal as the basis for a smartphone case, manufacturers are forced to compromise: the use of compact internal antennas was possible only in combination with special plastic inserts necessary for the transmission of a radio signal. But ASUS engineers were able to cope with this problem: the new ZenFone 3 Ultra has a stylish, all-metal body without dielectric inserts on the back cover.

The assembly of the Ultra is excellent - it does not creak, does not crunch. By the way, the screen is protected by fourth-generation Corning Gorilla Glass. The site says that the device has a very thin screen frame - 2.4 mm. This is not entirely true. This distance is from the matrix to the beginning of the case frame, but the most relevant distance (from the matrix to the edge of the case) is approximately 4 mm.

In general, Asus leaves a pleasant impression: a nice, strict design, good ergonomics, a thin case, excellent materials. The only thing missing is protection from dust and moisture, but I think it's a matter of time, that is, some ZenFone 4 will already be made according to the IP68 protection standard. I am sure that in the near future all gadgets will one way or another not be afraid of water.

At the top of the front of the Ultra there is a speaker (loud, with a margin of volume, bass, sounds clear), sensors, a selfie camera, an indicator of missed events. In Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra, I noticed one feature: when talking while lying down (the phablet is turned upside down), the interlocutor hears me much worse, approximately like when the signal is lost. This was especially pronounced on the old Apple iPhone 5.

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra

Below the display is a mechanical button with a combined fingerprint sensor. With it, you can answer an incoming call by simply resting your finger on the sensor. To the left of the button - "Back", to the right - "Menu".

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra

There are two stereo speakers, a microphone and a USB-C connector on the bottom. On the right side of the body is a metal power button with a relief surface. A little higher is a slot for a memory card or a nano-format SIM card, even higher is a sled for nanoSIM. There are no elements on the left.

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On the back there is a camera with a thin metal frame (protruding slightly above the body), laser focusing, LED dual illumination and a special sensor for color correction when analyzing data received from the camera (in other words, “hardware” white balance correction).

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The largest "fail" is a large volume control button, flat and slightly recessed into the case. I have never seen such an inconvenient control. No, of course, there were and are different LG devices, but in Asus Ultra the button is terrible: it’s almost impossible to feel it, it’s difficult to press it because of its tight and hard stroke, as well as minimal recoil.

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Display

The Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra uses a 6.8-inch screen. The physical size of the display is 84x150 mm, the frame on top is 17 mm, on the bottom - 19, on the right and left - about 4 mm. There is an anti-reflective coating.

Ultra display resolution - FullHD, that is, 1080x1920 pixels, density - 323 pixels per inch. The matrix is ​​made using IPS technology without an air gap. ASUS VisualMaster 3.0 technology is used, which is a complex of hardware and software tools for improving image quality. In addition, there is such a thing as Tru2Life+:

"Powered by the latest image processing algorithms used in the most advanced 4K TVs, ASUS Tru2Life+ technology optimizes the contrast and sharpness of the picture to achieve the most realism.

Tru2Life+ technology automatically optimizes image sharpness to enhance fine detail. In particular, it makes the text displayed on the device screen more readable.

The technology described above also includes MEMC motion estimation and compensation algorithms that insert additional frames into videos to increase playback speed to 60 frames per second. This technique allows you to make video playback smoother and more detailed.

By filtering blue light, the screen's light intensity is minimized within the appropriate range to reduce eye fatigue without affecting the accuracy of other color tones.

Despite not having the highest pixel density, the Ultra doesn't look blurry. The image really looks great: the brightness is high, the colors are pleasant and accurate, the viewing angles are maximum, the colors are not distorted when tilted. The Asus Ultra matrix resembles the Meizu MX6 matrix, it also uses one of the best IPS matrices, if not the best. After nuclear Amoled and simple IPS, the Asus screen makes a great impression!

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Battery

Asus has a 4600 mAh non-removable battery. If I had not tested the device, then most likely I would have said that such a capacity is not enough for a 6.8-inch screen. However, the operating time of the Ultra pleased me. On average, the screen glow time was about 4 - 4.5 hours. I think this result is good.

In talk mode, the gadget lasts for 10 hours, in video mode at medium brightness, the battery runs out after 12 hours, surfing - about the same.

In general, in my operating conditions, the phablet worked for at least one day.

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The device supports fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0), so in 45 minutes you can charge the battery up to 60% from scratch. Interestingly, Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra can also act as an external power source, and the charge current is 1.5 A.

Communications

This device has two slots for nano SIM cards. The scheme is typical: either two SIM cards, or one, but with a microSD memory card. 4G LTE CAT 6 is applied. Frequencies:

  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28)
  • WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 19)
  • GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Wi-Fi is ac standard, Bluetooth version 4.2. Naturally, there is GPS and GLONASS.

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Memory

The device is equipped with 3 GB or 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, we had a 4 GB version. On average, about 2.5 GB is available. Built-in can be 64 GB or 128 GB. In addition, microSD cards up to 2TB are supported. The speed of reading and writing memory (64 GB version) is average, you can see from the screenshot below. It practically does not affect the work, at least I can’t say anything negative.

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra

Cameras

The main camera has a 22.5 MP Sony IMX 318 module (sensor size 1/2.6 inch, aperture f2.0, optics consists of six lenses, pixel size 1.0 microns), and the front camera has 8 MP (aperture f2.0); there is a double LED flash with a different glow color - cold and warm.

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The main camera sensor is equipped with three-axis electronic image stabilization for video, supports phase detection autofocus (hybrid). In addition, Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra also has optical stabilization. For precise focusing at short distances, a laser focus is used. There is a special sensor on the back for color correction.

In real life, all these bells and whistles don't really work. That is, the focus is fast, but if you compare it with the focus on the Samsung Galaxy S7, then the latter is just lightning fast and even more accurate. The special color sensor functions so-so, that is, the white balance sometimes “floats”.

К сожалению, Galaxy S7 у меня не оказалось, поэтому приведу пример и сравнение с Meizu MX6 (справа) и Huawei P9 Plus (по центру).

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Как мне показалось, лучший результат у Asus. Днем картинка имеет больше деталей, при комнатном освещении детализация слегка уменьшается, ночью – очень даже неплохо. Однако в реальной жизни, не в идеальных тестовых условиях (неподвижная рука, протирка объектива и так далее), камера снимает средне, особенно при комнатном освещении: изображение становится нерезким, откуда-то появляется фиолетовый оттенок по углам, практически все движения смазаны.

In the camera settings, it's easy to enable HDR mode, and it can work constantly or in automatic mode. You should not use it in motion - a double picture appears.

The camera has a huge number of modes: HDR Pro, super resolution (92 MP), "children" (slightly more saturated colors and fast shooting), low light, night, depth of field (does not work well), selfie, animation, panorama, miniature , rewind, slow motion video, smart object removal, smile and so on.

The "low light" mode is very cool: you can get a completely normal picture even in complete darkness! "Super resolution" slightly improves the picture, it becomes a little clearer, but often you will not be able to use this function - it saves the frame for a long time (up to 5-10 seconds).

Full manual settings are present: focus, shutter speed from 32 seconds to 1/50,000 second, ISO (50 - 3200), exposure and white balance. Not only RAW.

The quality of the videos is not bad, but nothing like that. There is stabilization (it works adequately), there is 4K shooting (with and without a “stub”, with and without HDR), support for 60 FPS FullHD. Focus speed during video recording is slow. I didn’t like the sound, because the software “cuts” the noise too much.

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Примеры фотографий

Производительность и ОС

В модели Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra используется чипсет Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 (техпроцесс 28 нм, 8 ядер, графика Andreno 510). Данный чип не является топовым решением, но его производительности с головой хватает для всех задач, поставленных перед устройством: Asus не тормозит, работает шустро, игры запускаются все, и большая часть из них идет на максимальных настройках. Вообще, Ultra настолько быстрый, что даже тестовые Samsung S7 и Huawei P9 Plus начинают «курить в сторонке».

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra

The body of the device does not heat up when the processor is under load. In the popular Antutu test, the ZenFone 3 Ultra scores around 80,000 points, which is slightly above average. Again, tests are https://cars45.com.gh/92RS4Yc7oVZCJksPRcKraw9G tests, actual usage is another matter.

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The system is Google Android version 6.0, the proprietary shell is ZenUI 3.0.

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra

New UI features:

  • Animated widgets. The time and weather forecast are displayed in the interface using colorful animated widgets
  • Dynamic effects. The interface is brought to life by the parallax effect while swiping, and background freezing helps the eyes focus on what is in the foreground
  • User interface personalization.The ZenUI visual theme store has hundreds of smartphone UI designs
  • For lovers of mobile games. Game Genie is a set of technologies implemented in the ZenUI 3.0 user interface specifically for mobile gamers. With it, you can use a pop-up help window right during the game, increase the gaming performance of your smartphone, or organize an online broadcast of the gameplay via YouTube or Twitch
  • Photo editing apps - PhotoCollage, MiniMovie, etc.
  • A platform for creativity. The ZenCircle platform is a place where you can share your emotions and inspirations with the whole world, as well as see the creative work of other users
  • Convenient gesture control. ZenFone 3 features the ZenMotion gesture control system. For example, double-tapping the screen with your finger wakes up the device
  • Smartphone performance optimization. The Mobile Manager app is the one-stop shop for managing all of the ZenFone 3 settings that affect its power efficiency and performance.

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Multimedia

Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra uses two stereo speakers, consisting of five magnets and a special sound chamber design. In addition, the NXP Smart Amp is used.

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra

The volume of the speakers is very high, the sound is clear, deep, bass notes are heard. The stereo isn't quite extended as the speakers are a short distance apart. In any case, hardly anyone will remain indifferent after hearing the sound of Ultra.

SonicMaster 3.0 audio technology, applied in ZenFone 3 Ultra, is a combination of hardware and software that provides high-quality sound. Among other things, it provides noise minimization and improved speech reproduction when making voice calls over LTE (VoLTE). The ZenFone 3 Ultra is capable of playing audiophile-quality music files at 24-bit/192 kHz. The gadget also uses DTS Headphone:X technology to generate virtual surround sound in 7.1 format.

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In the box you will find a decent ASUS ZenEar S headset. It uses a three-layer diaphragm and dual resonant chambers. The headphone volume is high, the quality is good. Smartphones have an equalizer and separate bass and treble selections.

Surprisingly, the ZenFone 3 Ultra has a radio.

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra

Conclusion

I can honestly say that I really liked the device, I tested it with great pleasure and used the Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra a little as my main gadget. The device is definitely not for everyone because of its impressive dimensions, but it can easily replace a tablet.

In terms of technical parameters, this may not be the most sophisticated device, however, it works flawlessly, and its speed is enough for any task. Again, the display does not have a QHD resolution, but due to the use of a high-quality IPS-matrix using various technologies, the picture looks really cool on the Asus Ultra. Almost all applications work in tablet mode, which means that more information will fit on the display. Unlike many phablets, here the programs look adequate, and it is convenient to use them.

We should also highlight the smart interface: everything starts instantly.

The camera is not the best, but I got the most out of it

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) phablet review

The device comes in a large black plastic box. If you open it, you can find the gadget itself from above, and the accessories are located in a drawer: a Quick Charge network adapter, a Type C USB cable, various waste paper with a paper clip, a headset with ear pads of different sizes, separately packed in a transparent plastic case. Everything looks quite premium.

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Introduction

In the middle of last year at Computex, Asus showed off several devices from the new ZenFone 3 line, including the ZenFone 3 Ultra. This is a compact tablet, or a huge phablet with a screen diagonal of 6.8 inches. The device was equipped with not the most productive solution from Qulacomm, however, there were no questions about the speed of work during testing, a large amount of memory was installed, two speakers with NXP Smart Amp amplifiers, the best camera modules with optical stabilization were used, DTS virtual 7.1 surround sound technology was used, and more a lot of interesting things, which are best described in more detail in this review.

The body of the gadget was created all-metal and seamless, that is, it has neither plastic inserts nor antenna wiring on the back side, like many smartphones from Meizu, HTC and other companies.

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“Using metal as the basis for a smartphone case, manufacturers are forced to compromise: the use of compact internal antennas was possible only in combination with special plastic inserts necessary for the transmission of a radio signal. But ASUS engineers were able to cope with this problem: the new ZenFone 3 Ultra has a stylish, all-metal body without dielectric inserts on the back cover.

The dimensions of the device are as follows - 186x93x6.8 mm: significantly larger than any phablet, but smaller than a 7-inch tablet. Pay attention to the thickness of 6.8 mm, because the diagonal of the screen is also 6.8, only in a different dimension. With one hand, no matter what anyone says, it is impossible to “use” the device comfortably, even despite the optimization of the software. Nevertheless, I didn’t have any particular problems using the ZenFone 3 Ultra, you just need to understand that it’s practically a tablet in front of you, and accordingly, you need to adjust to the size of the phablet.

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There is a thin chamfer along the perimeter. Over time, it began to become covered with small scratches and micro-chips. The side faces are matte, but relatively slippery, the back surface is also matte, but more rough. Again returning to the issue of usability, I will say that if you are not at rush hour on the subway, then there should be no problems.

The assembly of the Ultra is excellent - it does not creak, does not crunch. By the way, the screen is protected by fourth-generation Corning Gorilla Glass. The site says that the device has a very thin screen frame - 2.4 mm. This is not entirely true. This distance is from the matrix to the beginning of the case frame, but the most relevant distance (from the matrix to the edge of the case) is approximately 4 mm.

In general, Asus leaves a pleasant impression: a nice, strict design, good ergonomics, a thin case, excellent materials. The only thing missing is protection from dust and moisture, but I think it's a matter of time, that is, some ZenFone 4 will already be made according to the IP68 protection standard. I am sure that in the near future all gadgets will one way or another not be afraid of water.

At the top of the front of the Ultra there is a speaker (loud, with a margin of volume, bass, sounds clear), sensors, a selfie camera, an indicator of missed events. In Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra, I noticed one feature: when talking while lying down (the phablet is turned upside down), the interlocutor hears me much worse, approximately like when the signal is lost. This was especially pronounced on the old Apple iPhone 5.

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Below the display is a mechanical button with a combined fingerprint sensor. With it, you can answer an incoming call by simply resting your finger on the sensor. To the left of the button - "Back", to the right - "Menu".

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra

There are two stereo speakers, a microphone and a USB-C connector on the bottom. On the right side of the body is a metal power button with a relief surface. A little higher is a slot for a memory card or a nano-format SIM card, even higher is a sled for nanoSIM. There are no elements on the left.

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On the back there is a camera with a thin metal frame (protruding slightly above the body), laser focusing, LED dual illumination and a special sensor for color correction when analyzing data received from the camera (in other words, “hardware” white balance correction).

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The largest "fail" is a large volume control button, flat and slightly recessed into the case. I have never seen such an inconvenient control. No, of course, there were and are different LG devices, but in Asus Ultra the button is terrible: it’s almost impossible to feel it, it’s difficult to press it because of its tight and hard stroke, as well as minimal recoil.

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Asus and Meizu M3 Max (6 inches)

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Asus and Huawei P9 Plus

Display

The Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra uses a 6.8-inch screen. The physical size of the display is 84x150 mm, the frame on top is 17 mm, on the bottom - 19, on the right and left - about 4 mm. There is an anti-reflective coating.

Ultra display resolution - FullHD, that is, 1080x1920 pixels, density - 323 pixels per inch. The matrix is ​​made using IPS technology without an air gap. ASUS VisualMaster 3.0 technology is used, which is a complex of hardware and software tools for improving image quality. In addition, there is such a thing as Tru2Life+:

"Powered by the latest image processing algorithms used in the most advanced 4K TVs, ASUS Tru2Life+ technology optimizes the contrast and sharpness of the picture to achieve the most realism.

Tru2Life+ technology automatically optimizes picture sharpness to enhance fine detail. In particular, it makes the text displayed on the device screen more readable.

The technology described above also includes MEMC motion estimation and compensation algorithms that insert additional frames into videos to increase playback speed to 60 frames per second. This technique allows you to make video playback smoother and more detailed.

By filtering blue light, the screen's light intensity is minimized within the appropriate range to reduce eye fatigue without affecting the accuracy of other color tones.

Despite not having the highest pixel density, the Ultra doesn't look blurry. The image really looks great: the brightness is high, the colors are pleasant and accurate, the viewing angles are maximum, the colors are not distorted when tilted. The Asus Ultra matrix resembles the Meizu MX6 matrix, it also uses one of the best IPS matrices, if not the best. After nuclear Amoled and simple IPS, the Asus screen makes a great impression!

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Battery

Asus has a 4600 mAh non-removable battery. If I had not tested the device, then most likely I would have said that such a capacity is not enough for a 6.8-inch screen. However, the operating time of the Ultra pleased me. On average, the screen glow time was about 4 - 4.5 hours. I think this result is good.

In talk mode, the gadget lasts for 10 hours, in video mode at medium brightness, the battery runs out after 12 hours, surfing - about the same.

In general, in my operating conditions, the phablet worked for at least one day.

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The device supports fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0), so in 45 minutes you can charge the battery up to 60% from scratch. Interestingly, Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra can also act as an external power source, and the charge current is 1.5 A.

Communications

This device has two slots for nano SIM cards. The scheme is typical: either two SIM cards, or one, but with a microSD memory card. 4G LTE CAT 6 is applied. Frequencies:

  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28)
  • WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 19)
  • GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Wi-Fi is ac standard, Bluetooth version 4.2. Naturally, there is GPS and GLONASS.

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Memory

The device is equipped with 3 GB or 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, we had a 4 GB version. On average, about 2.5 GB is available. Built-in can be 64 GB or 128 GB. In addition, microSD cards up to 2TB are supported. The speed of reading and writing memory (64 GB version) is average, you can see from the screenshot below. It practically does not affect the work, at least I can’t say anything negative.

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra

Cameras

The main camera has a 22.5 MP Sony IMX 318 module (sensor size 1/2.6 inch, aperture f2.0, optics consists of six lenses, pixel size 1.0 microns), and the front camera has 8 MP (aperture f2.0); there is a double LED flash with a different glow color - cold and warm.

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The main camera sensor is equipped with three-axis electronic image stabilization for video, supports phase detection autofocus (hybrid). In addition, Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra also has optical stabilization. For precise focusing at short distances, a laser focus is used. There is a special sensor on the back for color correction.

In real life, all these bells and whistles don't really work. That is, the focus is fast, but if you compare it with the focus on the Samsung Galaxy S7, then the latter is just lightning fast and even more accurate. The special color sensor functions so-so, that is, the white balance sometimes “floats”.

К сожалению, Galaxy S7 у меня не оказалось, поэтому приведу пример и сравнение с Meizu MX6 (справа) и Huawei P9 Plus (по центру).

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Как мне показалось, лучший результат у Asus. Днем картинка имеет больше деталей, при комнатном освещении детализация слегка уменьшается, ночью – очень даже неплохо. Однако в реальной жизни, не в идеальных тестовых условиях (неподвижная рука, протирка объектива и так далее), камера снимает средне, особенно при комнатном освещении: изображение становится нерезким, откуда-то появляется фиолетовый оттенок по углам, практически все движения смазаны.

In the camera settings, it's easy to enable HDR mode, and it can work constantly or in automatic mode. You should not use it in motion - a double picture appears.

The camera has a huge number of modes: HDR Pro, super resolution (92 MP), "children" (slightly more saturated colors and fast shooting), low light, night, depth of field (does not work well), selfie, animation, panorama, miniature , rewind, slow motion video, smart object removal, smile and so on.

The "low light" mode is very cool: you can get a completely normal picture even in complete darkness! "Super resolution" slightly improves the picture, it becomes a little clearer, but often you will not be able to use this function - it saves the frame for a long time (up to 5-10 seconds).

Full manual settings are present: focus, shutter speed from 32 seconds to 1/50,000 second, ISO (50 - 3200), exposure and white balance. Not only RAW.

The quality of the videos is not bad, but nothing like that. There is stabilization (it works adequately), there is 4K shooting (with and without a “stub”, with and without HDR), support for 60 FPS FullHD. Focus speed during video recording is slow. I didn’t like the sound, because the software “cuts” the noise too much.

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Примеры фотографий

Производительность и ОС

В модели Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra используется чипсет Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 (техпроцесс 28 нм, 8 ядер, графика Andreno 510). Данный чип не является топовым решением, но его производительности с головой хватает для всех задач, поставленных перед устройством: Asus не тормозит, работает шустро, игры запускаются все, и большая часть из них идет на максимальных настройках. Вообще, Ultra настолько быстрый, что даже тестовые Samsung S7 и Huawei P9 Plus начинают «курить в сторонке».

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The body of the device does not heat up when the processor is under load. In the popular Antutu test, the ZenFone 3 Ultra scores around 80,000 points, which is slightly above average. Again, tests are https://cars45.com.gh/92RS4Yc7oVZCJksPRcKraw9G tests, actual usage is another matter.

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The system is Google Android version 6.0, the proprietary shell is ZenUI 3.0.

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New UI features:

  • Animated widgets. The time and weather forecast are displayed in the interface using colorful animated widgets
  • Dynamic effects. The interface is brought to life by the parallax effect while swiping, and background freezing helps the eyes focus on what is in the foreground
  • User interface personalization.The ZenUI visual theme store has hundreds of smartphone UI designs
  • For lovers of mobile games. Game Genie is a set of technologies implemented in the ZenUI 3.0 user interface specifically for mobile gamers. With it, you can use a pop-up help window right during the game, increase the gaming performance of your smartphone, or organize an online broadcast of the gameplay via YouTube or Twitch
  • Photo editing apps - PhotoCollage, MiniMovie, etc.
  • A platform for creativity. The ZenCircle platform is a place where you can share your emotions and inspirations with the whole world, as well as see the creative work of other users
  • Convenient gesture control. ZenFone 3 features the ZenMotion gesture control system. For example, double-tapping the screen with your finger wakes up the device
  • Smartphone performance optimization. The Mobile Manager app is the one-stop shop for managing all of the ZenFone 3 settings that affect its power efficiency and performance.

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Multimedia

Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra uses two stereo speakers, consisting of five magnets and a special sound chamber design. In addition, the NXP Smart Amp is used.

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The volume of the speakers is very high, the sound is clear, deep, bass notes are heard. The stereo isn't quite extended as the speakers are a short distance apart. In any case, hardly anyone will remain indifferent after hearing the sound of Ultra.

SonicMaster 3.0 audio technology, applied in ZenFone 3 Ultra, is a combination of hardware and software that provides high-quality sound. Among other things, it provides noise minimization and improved speech reproduction when making voice calls over LTE (VoLTE). The ZenFone 3 Ultra is capable of playing audiophile-quality music files at 24-bit/192 kHz. The gadget also uses DTS Headphone:X technology to generate virtual surround sound in 7.1 format.

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In the box you will find a decent ASUS ZenEar S headset. It uses a three-layer diaphragm and dual resonant chambers. The headphone volume is high, the quality is good. Smartphones have an equalizer and separate bass and treble selections.

Surprisingly, the ZenFone 3 Ultra has a radio.

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Conclusion

I can honestly say that I really liked the device, I tested it with great pleasure and used the Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra a little as my main gadget. The device is definitely not for everyone because of its impressive dimensions, but it can easily replace a tablet.

In terms of technical parameters, this may not be the most sophisticated device, however, it works flawlessly, and its speed is enough for any task. Again, the display does not have a QHD resolution, but due to the use of a high-quality IPS-matrix using various technologies, the picture looks really cool on the Asus Ultra. Almost all applications work in tablet mode, which means that more information will fit on the display. Unlike many phablets, here the programs look adequate, and it is convenient to use them.

We should also highlight the smart interface: everything starts instantly.

The camera is not the best, but I got the most out of it

Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) phablet review

The device comes in a large black plastic box. If you open it, you can find the gadget itself from above, and the accessories are located in a drawer: a Quick Charge network adapter, a Type C USB cable, various waste paper with a paper clip, a headset with ear pads of different sizes, separately packed in a transparent plastic case. Everything looks quite premium.

Introduction

In the middle of last year at Computex, Asus showed off several devices from the new ZenFone 3 line, including the ZenFone 3 Ultra. This is a compact tablet, or a huge phablet with a screen diagonal of 6.8 inches. The device was equipped with not the most productive solution from Qulacomm, however, there were no questions about the speed of work during testing, a large amount of memory was installed, two speakers with NXP Smart Amp amplifiers, the best camera modules with optical stabilization were used, DTS virtual 7.1 surround sound technology was used, and more a lot of interesting things, which are best described in more detail in this review.

If we are talking about positioning, then it is quite simple: Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra is for those who need a smartphone with a large screen diagonal.

At the moment, the device is available at a price of 40,000 rubles.

Design, dimensions, controls

The best thing about the design is succinctly stated on the official website of the company: "The design of the ZenFone 3 Ultra smartphone is made in accordance with the corporate identity of ASUS, reflecting the Zen philosophy in a modern way." This means that all three gadgets presented last year have common features. The phablet is rectangular in shape, with slightly rounded corners, slightly sloping side faces, flat front and back sides. Personally, I really like this appearance - no frills with a newfangled curvature of different sidewalls a la Samsung Edge series. The design is strict, but among the colors of the case there are not only gold and dark gray, but also pink - they pleased the lovely ladies.

The body of the gadget was created all-metal and seamless, that is, it has neither plastic inserts nor antenna wiring on the back side, like many smartphones from Meizu, HTC and other companies.

“Using metal as the basis for a smartphone case, manufacturers are forced to compromise: the use of compact internal antennas was possible only in combination with special plastic inserts necessary for the transmission of a radio signal. But ASUS engineers were able to cope with this problem: the new ZenFone 3 Ultra has a stylish, all-metal body without dielectric inserts on the back cover.

The dimensions of the device are as follows - 186x93x6.8 mm: significantly larger than any phablet, but smaller than a 7-inch tablet. Pay attention to the thickness of 6.8 mm, because the diagonal of the screen is also 6.8, only in a different dimension. With one hand, no matter what anyone says, it’s impossible to “use” the device comfortably, even despite the optimization of the software. Nevertheless, I didn’t have any particular problems using the ZenFone 3 Ultra, you just need to understand that it’s practically a tablet in front of you, and accordingly, you need to adjust to the size of the phablet.

There is a thin chamfer along the perimeter. Over time, it began to become covered with small scratches and micro-chips. The side faces are matte, but relatively slippery, the back surface is also matte, but more rough. Again returning to the issue of usability, I will say that if you are not at rush hour on the subway, then there should be no problems.

The assembly of the Ultra is excellent - it does not creak, does not crunch. By the way, the screen is protected by fourth-generation Corning Gorilla Glass. The site says that the device has a very thin screen frame - 2.4 mm. This is not entirely true. This distance is from the matrix to the beginning of the case frame, but the most relevant distance (from the matrix to the edge of the case) is approximately 4 mm.

In general, Asus leaves a pleasant impression: a nice, strict design, good ergonomics, a thin case, excellent materials. The only thing missing is protection from dust and moisture, but I think it's a matter of time, that is, some ZenFone 4 will already be made according to the IP68 protection standard. I am sure that in the near future all gadgets will one way or another not be afraid of water.

Tru2Life+ technology automatically optimizes image sharpness to enhance fine detail. In particular, it makes the text displayed on the device screen more readable.

The technology described above also includes MEMC motion estimation and compensation algorithms that insert additional frames into videos to increase playback speed to 60 frames per second. This technique allows you to make video playback smoother and more detailed.

By filtering blue light, the screen's light intensity is minimized within the appropriate range to reduce eye fatigue without affecting the accuracy of other color tones.

Despite not having the highest pixel density, the Ultra doesn't look blurry. The image really looks great: the brightness is high, the colors are pleasant and accurate, the viewing angles are maximum, the colors are not distorted when tilted. The Asus Ultra matrix resembles the Meizu MX6 matrix, it also uses one of the best IPS matrices, if not the best. After nuclear Amoled and simple IPS, the Asus screen makes a great impression!

Battery

Asus has a 4600 mAh non-removable battery. If I had not tested the device, then most likely I would have said that such a capacity is not enough for a 6.8-inch screen. However, the operating time of the Ultra pleased me. On average, the screen glow time was about 4 - 4.5 hours. I think this result is good.

In talk mode, the gadget lasts for 10 hours, in video mode at medium brightness, the battery runs out after 12 hours, surfing - about the same.

In general, in my operating conditions, the phablet worked for at least one day.

The device supports fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0), so in 45 minutes you can charge the battery up to 60% from scratch. Interestingly, Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra can also act as an external power source, and the charge current is 1.5 A.

Communications

This device has two slots for nano SIM cards. The scheme is typical: either two SIM cards, or one, but with a microSD memory card. 4G LTE CAT 6 is applied. Frequencies:

  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28)
  • WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 19)
  • GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Wi-Fi is ac standard, Bluetooth version 4.2. Naturally, there is GPS and GLONASS.

Memory

The device is equipped with 3 GB or 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, we had a 4 GB version. On average, about 2.5 GB is available. Built-in can be 64 GB or 128 GB. In addition, microSD cards up to 2TB are supported. The speed of reading and writing memory (64 GB version) is average, you can see from the screenshot below. It practically does not affect the work, at least I can’t say anything negative.

Cameras

The main camera has a 22.5 MP Sony IMX 318 module (sensor size 1/2.6 inch, aperture f2.0, optics consists of six lenses, pixel size 1.0 microns), and the front camera has 8 MP (aperture f2.0); there is a double LED flash with a different glow color - cold and warm.

The main camera sensor is equipped with three-axis electronic image stabilization for video, supports phase detection autofocus (hybrid). In addition, Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra also has optical stabilization. For precise focusing at short distances, a laser focus is used. There is a special sensor on the back for color correction.

In real life, all these bells and whistles don't really work. That is, the focus is fast, but if you compare it with the focus on the Samsung Galaxy S7, then the latter is just lightning fast and even more accurate. The special color sensor functions so-so, that is, the white balance sometimes “floats”.

Unfortunately, I did not have the Galaxy S7, so I will give an example and a comparison with Meizu MX6 (on the right) and Huawei P9 Plus (in the center).

It seemed to me that Asus had the best result. During the day, the picture has more details, with room lighting, the detail is slightly reduced, at night it is very good. However, in real life, not in ideal test conditions (a stationary hand, wiping the lens, and so on), the camera shoots averagely, especially in room lighting: the image becomes blurred, a purple tint appears in the corners from somewhere, almost all movements are blurry.

In the camera settings, it is easy to enable HDR mode, and it can work constantly or in automatic mode. You should not use it in motion - a double picture appears.

The camera has a huge number of modes: HDR Pro, super resolution (92 MP), "children" (slightly more saturated colors and fast shooting), low light, night, depth of field (does not work well), selfie, animation, panorama, miniature , rewind, slow motion video, smart object removal, smile and so on.

The "low light" mode is very cool: you can get a completely normal picture even in complete darkness! "Super resolution" slightly improves the picture, it becomes a little clearer, but often you will not be able to use this function - it saves the frame for a long time (up to 5-10 seconds).

Full manual settings are present: focus, shutter speed from 32 seconds to 1/50,000 second, ISO (50 - 3200), exposure and white balance. Not only RAW.

The quality of the videos is not bad, but nothing like that. There is stabilization (it works adequately), there is 4K shooting (with and without a “stub”, with and without HDR), support for 60 FPS FullHD. Focus speed during video recording is slow. I didn’t like the sound, because the software “cuts” the noise too much.

Sample photos

Performance and OS

The Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset (28nm process, 8 cores, Andreno 510 graphics). This chip is not a top-end solution, but its performance is enough for all the tasks assigned to the device: Asus does not slow down, it works smartly, all games are launched, and most of them run at maximum settings. In general, the Ultra is so fast that even the test Samsung S7 and Huawei P9 Plus start to “smoke on the sidelines”.

The body of the device does not heat up when the processor is under load. In the popular Antutu test, the ZenFone 3 Ultra scores around 80,000 points, which is slightly above average. Again, tests https://cars45.com.gh/92RS4Yc7oVZCJksPRcKraw9G with tests, actual use is another matter.

The body of the device does not heat up when the processor is loaded. In the popular Antutu test, the ZenFone 3 Ultra scores around 80,000 points, which is slightly above average. Again, tests https://cars45.com.gh/92RS4Yc7oVZCJksPRcKraw9G https://cars45.com.gh/92RS4Yc7oVZCJksPRcKraw9G tests, but actual usage is another matter.

The system is Google Android version 6.0, the proprietary shell is ZenUI 3.0.

New UI features:

  • Animated widgets. The time and weather forecast are displayed in the interface using colorful animated widgets
  • Dynamic effects. The interface is brought to life by the parallax effect while swiping, and background freezing helps the eyes focus on what is in the foreground
  • User interface personalization. The ZenUI visual theme store has hundreds of smartphone UI designs
  • For lovers of mobile games. Game Genie is a set of technologies implemented in the ZenUI 3.0 user interface specifically for mobile gamers. With it, you can use a pop-up help window right during the game, increase the gaming performance of your smartphone, or organize an online broadcast of the gameplay via YouTube or Twitch
  • Photo editing apps - PhotoCollage, MiniMovie, etc.
  • A platform for creativity. The ZenCircle platform is a place where you can share your emotions and inspirations with the whole world, as well as see the creative work of other users
  • Convenient gesture control. ZenFone 3 features the ZenMotion gesture control system. For example, double-tapping the screen with your finger wakes up the device
  • Smartphone performance optimization. The Mobile Manager app is the one-stop shop for managing all of the ZenFone 3 settings that affect its power efficiency and performance.

Multimedia

Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra uses two stereo speakers, consisting of five magnets and a special sound chamber design. In addition, the NXP Smart Amp is used.

The volume of the speakers is very high, the sound is clear, deep, bass notes are heard. The stereo isn't quite extended as the speakers are a short distance apart. In any case, hardly anyone will remain indifferent after hearing the sound of Ultra.

SonicMaster 3.0 audio technology, applied in ZenFone 3 Ultra, is a combination of hardware and software that provides high-quality sound. Among other things, it provides noise minimization and improved speech reproduction when making voice calls over LTE (VoLTE). The ZenFone 3 Ultra is capable of playing audiophile-quality music files at 24-bit/192 kHz. The gadget also uses DTS Headphone:X technology to generate virtual surround sound in 7.1 format.

We should also highlight the smart interface: everything starts instantly.

The camera is not the best, but I got the most out of it