Although many smartphones with a diagonal screen of 5.5 inches are habitually called phablets, they hardly deserve this name. The 5.5-inch display is gradually becoming the standard solution. Also, in the device with such a screen there is nothing that would have brought him to the tablet. However, Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra has every right to be called a phablet. Still, the device with a display, whose diagonal is 6.8 inches, can no longer be called an accessible smartphone.

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Appearance and ergonomics

Appearance ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra entirely corresponds to the sound design concept Zen. The device looks laconic, no frills and «decorations,» and at the same time elegant. He has a completely metal casing. When we say «completely,» we mean entirely. That is, engineers ASUS managed to do without plastic inserts, under which the antennas are hiding. The body is made of anodized aluminum alloy, durable and not afraid of corrosion.

The thickness of the shell is only 6.8 mm. The device can be gray, golden or pink.

Under the screen is a mechanical button. Pressing it allows you to return to the home screen. The button has a built-in fingerprint sensor. It can remember up to five different fingers, it works quickly and clearly, so there will be no problems with unlocking the smartphone. To the left and right of the mechanical key are the touch buttons «Back» and «Menu.»

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The on/off button of the smartphone is located on the right side. It has a relief surface, so it is especially convenient and even pleasant to use. The knob of volume control was taken out by the developers on the back panel. Unusually, although this solution was found in other smartphones ASUS. Next to the power button are the SIM card slots. One of them is combined with a memory card slot.

At the bottom, there are stereo speakers, a microphone, and a suitable symmetrical USB Type-C connector. It is used to recharge the battery and connect the smartphone to other devices. At the top, you will find a 3.5mm headphone jack. Next, to it, you can see the auxiliary microphone.

Using a smartphone with one hand is unlikely to work. However, to manage it with both hands is very convenient. Just imagine that this is a tablet.

Screen

6.8-inch screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels is covered with a durable protective glass Gorilla Glass 4. Developers abandoned the current glass 2.5D and were flat, here it looks better.

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The display is made using IPS technology without an air gap, and this provides a decent brightness and wide viewing angles. To the clarity and contrast of the picture, too, there are no complaints. The creators of the device used many solutions aimed at improving the image. It is important to note the technology Tru2Life +. It uses the same processing algorithms that are used in modern 4K-TVs. This allows you to improve color coverage, minimize blur and jitter when playing video. Also, this technology makes the image more clear, so small details become more legible. Due to this, the text on the screen becomes more readable.

Today it is fashionable to struggle with the blue glow emanating from the display, irritating the eyes and causing fatigue. ASUS did not forget about this, so the blue filtering function is also present here.

There is also an anti-reflective coating. Thanks to him, the device can be used comfortably in the street on a bright, sunny day.

All of the above means that the smartphone is great for watching videos. Such a little TV you have … I’d like to write «in my pocket,» but it’s unlikely to fit into his pocket. It’s better to say: «miniature TV, which is always with you.» By the way, USB Type-C connector supports DisplayPort capabilities. Thanks to this, you can output an image in high quality to a TV or compatible monitor.

Performance

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The smartphone is equipped with an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz, a video chip Adreno 510 and 3 or 4 (depending on the modification) GB of RAM. This is not the most powerful hardware platform to date, but it provides the device with excellent performance. In the practical test, the AnTuTu v6.2.6 device scored 80 325 points — a decent result. ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra easily copes with everyday tasks, readily reproduces a video in high resolution. With modern games, the device copes with five plus.

The amount of permanent memory, depending on the modification, can be 16, 64 or 128 GB. The device supports microSD memory cards up to 2 TB.

Autonomy

The potential buyer of a smartphone with a 6.8-inch screen can not help but worry about the issue of autonomy. How long will it last without recharging?

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra has a non-removable 4,600 mAh battery. If you use a smartphone with an average intensity, this is enough for the whole day. Also, the device can be used as an external battery for other devices. They are connected via USB OTG. The smartphone supports Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology. Thanks to this, its rather large battery can be fully charged in about two hours.

Music features

The creators of the smartphone decided to please not only fans of video, but also music lovers. It uses stereo speakers, a powerful amplifier, a resonant camera of a particular form, a voice coil with a metal frame.

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All this provides a robust and transparent sound. You hardly expected to hear such a sound from a mobile device. The device features proprietary SonicMaster 3.0 technology, Hi-Res Audio support, and DTS Headphone: X technology, providing virtual 7.1-channel sound. Thanks to this, you can immerse yourself in your favorite music, get maximum pleasure from movies and games.

In the kit with the smartphone, there are good in-ear headphones. However, you can replace them with a more advanced model to get even more pleasure from the balanced sound.

Cameras

The smartphone offers a lot of interesting not only to those who like to watch video on mobile devices. His cameras are sure to interest people who are fond of photo and video. The primary camera received a 23-megapixel matrix, and in addition to it — a lot of different bells and whistles. Here we use a triple autofocusing system that combines the possibilities of laser, phase and tracking focusing.

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A dual LED flash is installed. When taking photographs, the optical stabilization system is used, which compensates for camera shake. When shooting video, the device uses an electronic stabilization system. The color correction sensor provides realistic color reproduction. All these filling guarantees that the photos and videos will get the best quality.

If you consider yourself an advanced photographer, you can disable the automation and use the manual settings. There are various modes: HDR «Weak Lighting,» «Super Resolution» and so on.

The front camera is equipped with an 8-megapixel matrix. She takes pictures of decent quality. In combination with a large screen, the camera is excellent for video communication.

Summary

ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra is a unique device. In many ways, it is more like a tablet than a smartphone. Also, still, you can call it as well. However, this device is primarily designed for those who want to watch videos and listen to music. Moreover, here it is just impossible to present any claims to this apparatus. The quality of the image and sound is at a height unattainable for many other smartphones.