Some of us prefer mobile phones that are sleek and compact, while others want them big and powerful. If you are on the lookout for a big screen wonder, then you have to check out the Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra. Yes, you may need to hold it with both hands for comfortable operations, but this new device is certainly made for avid mobile gamers or those who watch a lot of video. The device retails for a whooping R49,999 and is available at select Asus preferred partner’s retail outlets and all major e-commerce platforms.
True, the ZenFone 3 Ultra might sound expensive, but it actually offers very good value when you consider its meaty spec sheet. The device has an appearance of a slender, flat slate with a 6.8 mm thin side profile, making it one of the slimmest phones to house a large 6.8-inch display. Yes, you read it right; it is a phone designed for multimedia lovers, featuring a 6.8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with a 95% NTSC colour gamut for rich, vibrant images even outdoors in harsh lighting conditions. The phone has an Asus-exclusive Tru2Life+ visual technology, which basically harnesses a high-end 4K UHD TV-grade image processor to optimise every pixel in each frame before it is displayed, resulting in superior contrast and clarity and blur-free motion.
Out of the box, the ZenFone 3 Ultra comes across as a pretty attractive device. It has an incredibly slim and elegant
full-metal unibody chassis. An ultra slim bezel gives the phone a 79% screen-to-body ratio, maximising the viewing area while minimising its overall size and weight. The huge vivid screen of the ZenFone 3 Ultra is protected with Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 4, which is scratch-resistant.
Probing the innards, the ZenFone 3 Ultra is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor, Adreno 510 graphics, and Dual-Channel 4 GB of RAM. Take my word, this is pretty much sufficient to deliver a splendid performance. A built-in fingerprint sensor is perfectly positioned on the front of the phone beneath the user’s finger and unlocks the phone in just a fraction of a second.
On the camera front, the ZenFone 3 Ultra is equipped with a high-resolution and high performance Sony IMX318 23 MP camera sensor with Asus TriTech autofocus system that gives you perfectly focused shots. It also features a 4-axis
OIS and a 3-axis EIS for very steady photos and videos.
The ZenFone 3 Ultra excels at audio with its two new powerful five-magnet stereo speakers and a NXP smart amplifier that provides clear, high-definition sound and protects the speakers from damage. Company officials say that it is the world’s first smartphone with virtual 7.1-channel surround sound with DTS headphone for a great audio treat.
Switched on, the ZenFone 3 Ultra will surprise you with its bright and vibrant IPS touchscreen panel and Full HD resolution. It is perfect for viewing Full HD movies and other high resolution multimedia content. The IPS screen
gives fantastic viewing angles of up to 178-degrees, so it’ll be great for viewing videos with your friends and family too. In other words, watching a movie on the ZenFone 3 Ultra will be the closest you can get to the comfort of viewing it on a Full HD TV—the big difference being that with the ZenFone 3 Ultra, you can do so anytime, anywhere.
Among others, the ZenFone 3 Ultra’s 4600mAh battery has one of the highest capacities in any smartphone, and gives very good performance on-the-go. A useful trick of the device is its ability to double up as a power bank for charging other devices. With a high 1.5A output current, it is able to charge devices about three times faster than conventional chargers.
My takeaways: The ZenFone 3 Ultra is a fast and responsive phone. It has an excellent screen, front-firing speakers, quick charging, great cameras and speedy performance. Most important, it’s a pleasure to use and hence highly recommended.