Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra ZU680KL
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.0 aperture 85˚ wide-viewing angle
Average of 9 scores (from 23 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra ZU680KL
Source: Tech Magnifier
Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra is a massive smartphone. The display on the device is bright and vivid; however it has black bezel around it and the screen is not visible in direct sunlight. Carrying the smartphone with you is not as easy as you would think; it doesn’t fit inside the pocket as well. Camera performance is sharp and accurate in daylight conditions only, and not too accurate in low. Battery life is great. So, only if you’re looking for an enormous entertainment product, go for Zenfone 3 Ultra.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/24/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Gadget Diary
The phone is priced at Rs. 49,999 which in my opinion is a bad pricing. You will find much better phones in the price range. But then, people are still buying this phone because it does have something to offer i.e a huge display and Asus has used top quality components to build the phone.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/23/2017
Source: The Mobile Indian
This at first glance looks pretty decent and promise a lot, but as you use it does not stand out in many fronts be it the camera the or the heating problem I faced while playing games, even the big screen might be a dealbreaker for some. all in all, I will suggest there are many other options in this range with the similar screen size that might fulfill all the needs expected from this Phablet or tablet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/12/2017
Source: Think Digit
The Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra is a decent smartphone, but it doesn't make sense at Rs. 49,999. The Xiaomi Mi Max is pretty much as fast and a more colourful screen. The Zenfone 3 Ultra does have a better camera, but it still doesn't belong in the premium range.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/17/2017
Rating: Total score: 64%
Source: Tech PP
It scores heavily on multimedia, battery and design, but the fact is that the biggest stumbling block for the Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra is likely to be its price of Rs 49,999. That is more than the Samsung Galaxy S7 at the time of writing and well above the likes of the OnePlus 3T, Moto Z Play and the Nubia Z11, all of which can compare favorably with it in terms of specs and performance in most regards. One area where the Ultra holds its own is in its role as a pocket theater, thanks to that display and sound with the battery chipping in to ensure that your videos go on for a while.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/29/2016
Source: India Today
The ZenFone 3 Ultra is too big for one. Its sheer size and scale could be a major turn-off for many. Then again, it could have made a lot of sense for someone who is a multimedia junkie who loves to Netflix, or read e-books, or someone simply looking to replace their Android tablet with a full-functional phablet. But, it doesn't. If you're looking for a large phablet, you're better off saving (a lot of) money and buying the Xiaomi Mi Max. The only trade-off perhaps would be the camera, but all in all, the Mi Max is capable of hitting the ZenFone 3 Ultra straight out of the ball park, in every sense of the word.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/21/2016
Rating: Total score: 65%
Source: Fone Arena
Calling the Zenfone 3 Ultra, a phone, is a bit of a stretch. For that matter it transcends even the phablet category and is approaching small tablet standards. Marginally smaller than a Nexus 7, it really puts media consumption and battery life first. On those fronts, the phone excels with a very good screen though points could be deducted for it not being a Quad HD panel. The exemplary battery life further aids its claim of being a content consumption device.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/01/2016
Source: The Indian Express
If you are one of those who used to walk around with a full tablet to make you calls, then this might seem like a sophisticated upgrade. I am sure there are a lot of users who have genuine use for a smartphone that offers an extra-large screen and this will appeal to them. But I think a lot of buyers might get this for the camera and battery life, choosing to adjust and live with the larger build.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Gadget Show
Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra left us with mixed feelings. While we really like the premium look and feel, the display, fingerprint sensor and software-based tweaks, the large size and occasional heating issues are the downsides.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: NDTV Gadgets
If you like massive phones and have a lot of money to spend, the ZenFone 3 Ultra will be great to show off. We find that devices of this nature aren’t practical as everyday smartphones, but you might like to have something like this more as a tablet with a SIM card for mobile data and the occasional voice call.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
If you are not sold on the large screen phenomenon, then you can look at the OnePlus 3 or the upcoming OnePlus 3T while saving over Rs 15,000 which will get you Xiaomi Mi Max as a backup device. You can add some more cash (if you can stretch your budget) and get Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL, the best Android smartphones out there.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
Source: Tech Nave
Coming in with an RM2599 price tag and 6.8-inch full HD display, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra ZU680KL is just 0.2-inches short of a full 7-inch tablet. Still, ASUS have done a very good job of shrinking the bezels so that it looks like a very large phone instead of a tablet phone. Featuring a flat and thin all metal design, the ZenFone 3 Ultra has "invisible antennas" or no visible antenna bands but is the only ZenFone 3 to put the fingerprint sensor in the home button (also the only one with a physical home button for that matter).
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/21/2016
Source: Tech ARP
The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra is, no doubt, the best phablet ASUS has ever made. A premium phablet, made out of metal and glass. It represents a massive upgrade in features and build quality over its predecessor, the ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL). ASUS is definitely trying to move up the value chain.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/29/2016
Source: Manila Shaker
If you are part of the target market that Asus is targeting for the Zenfone 3 Ultra, if you are one who wants and needs the size, and the overall immersive entertainment experience then this is finally the phone for you, finally, something Asus got right. Otherwise, if you were to it this phone against other with the same price range at P32,995 ($700US) then perhaps you should look elsewhere as there are far faster and better specs.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/09/2016
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 70% performance: 85% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
The Zenfone 3 Ultra is the biggest phablet that we’ve ever encountered so far this year, and its size is both its strength and weakness. On the upside, the phones huge display is a boon for people who watch a lot of movies and play games on the go. The downside is that it’s difficult to use as a daily driver, even if you have big hands. Its price too, is a limiting factor – at Php 32,995, it’s already going up against high-profile flagships that have better (but smaller) displays with nicer cameras and features.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/07/2016
With the Zenfone 3 Ultra, ASUS is not only trying to redefine the phablet, but also wants to set a benchmark on what a multimedia powerhouse smartphone should be. With that goal in mind, the company decided to just supersize everything. And if you’re the type who’s looking for a smartphone-slash-tablet, the Ultra seems like the almost perfect device.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/01/2016
ASUS’s 6.8-inch Zenfone 3 Ultra is a gigantic phablet decked out with hefty internals and a premium metal build. More tablet than a phone, the Zenfone 3 Ultra is ASUS’ attempt at making a high-end device that straddles the fine line between portable and unwieldy. Given the phablet’s flagship-level price, will ASUS succeed with the Zenfone 3 Ultra? Editor-at-large John Nieves explores that question and more in this video unboxing review.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/25/2016
Source: Tech Critter
Lastly the price, at RM2599 that shouts "flagship", that is not very convincing for a phone that only comes with mid-ranged Qualcomm Snapdragon 652. If and only if ASUS were to pair this phone with a flagship worthy SoC, it will definitely hold back quite a few potential customers because, at the same price, they can instead get a high spec ZenFone 3 Deluxe. Unless you're looking for a phone that is larger than a phablet for your day to day usage, then you might consider having ZenFone 3 Ultra in your pocket.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/25/2016
Aside from its sheer size, the Zenfone 3 Ultra faces an uphill battle as far as pricing is concerned. At Php 32,995, it’s already priced at flagship territory. ASUS is hoping the allure of a big-screen phone aimed at entertainment segment will be more than enough incentive for people to fork over money for the Zenfone 3 Ultra. Will it work? Only time will tell.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/24/2016
Source: Key for web IT→EN
Positive: Nice design; good display; decent cameras; nice speakers; long battery life. Negative: Many bloatwares; bulky; mediocre ergonomy.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/27/2017
Source: 01Net FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/06/2016
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90%
Source: Product Test RU→EN
Positive: Metal case; high performance; decent speakers; high autonomy. Negative: Relatively thick and heavy; high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/15/2016
Source: DGL.ru RU→EN
Positive: Long battery life; excellent cameras; very large screen; good price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/05/2016
Model: The Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra ZU680KL is a huge 6.8-inch smartphone built for users who watch a lot of videos. Its massive 4,600 mAh battery can be charged quickly thanks to Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which will charge it from flat to 60% in just 45 minutes. It can even charge attached devices such as a power bank with a high current of up to 1.5 A. According to Asus, it’s the first smartphone in the world fitted with a 4K UHD TV-grade video processor, while a 6.8-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display delivers top notch graphics. Looking at the design, the Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra ZU680KL features a sleek, diamond-cut all-metal unibody. The chassis of the smartphone is made of aerospace-grade aluminum alloy and a CNC special crafted metal body protects the ZenFone 3 Ultra. It is infused with the spirit of Zen: the embodiment of luxury, beauty and simplicity. It integrates invisible antennas design with a technology called PureMetal. The ZenFone 3 Ultra tapers to 6.8 mm at its thinnest edge, curving ergonomically for the perfect grip. It is finished with a chamfer all the way around, diamond-cut to mere 0.18 mm width, which is almost as fine as a single strand of human hair. For display, Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra ZU680KL features the ASUS Tru2Life+ technology which has motion-estimation and motion compensation (MEMC) algorithms for smooth, blur-free video that doesn’t judder. It also enables a 95% NTSC color gamut to deliver vibrant colours. Gorilla Glass 4 protects the screen from minor scratches and damages.
As for audio, the ZenFone 3 Ultra’s SonicMaster 3.0 technology gives it supreme audio performance for entertainment or calls. Dual five-magnet speakers driven by a powerful NXP Smart AMP, give an expansive, high-volume output. From a simple test with music, the phone’s sound system is remarkable. It provides just enough bass without affecting its clarity. And for calls, SonicMaster 3.0 ensures the very best voice quality in VoLTE (Voice over LTE) calls even in the noisiest environments, with advanced noise cancelling and voice enhancement technologies. The ZenFone 3 Ultra features PixelMaster 3.0, which packs a 23 MP camera, 92 MP Super Resolution technology, large f/2.0-aperture lens and subject-tracking TriTech auto-focus for any distance and lighting clarity in just 0.03 seconds. It utilizes both optical and electronic image stabilization for blur-free shots and videos and a color correction sensor for true color photography. Besides that, it also features real-time HDR that properly shows the resulting HDR photo as framed. All these results in a rather good photo quality but it is still easily beaten by serious contenders such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 7 Plus. Another thing to note is the lack of proper manual mode for the camera. The ZenFone 3 Ultra is packed with a 64-bit, Snapdragon 652 processor, which is quite a weird choice for a top-range device, and 4 GB of RAM. The ZenFone 3 Ultra also has 300 Mbps 4G LTE and intuitive fingerprint security that unlocks it in a fraction of a second. In short, the Zenfone 3 Ultra is a serious smartphone with some really cool features. For its price, it does an amazing job. Just don’t expect it to be a flagship killer and you’ll be fine.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Qualcomm Adreno 510: Integrated graphics card based on the Adreno 500 architecture, like the Adreno 520 in the Snapdragon 820. Performance should be on average similar to the old Adreno 330 in the Snapdragon 801. Supports DirectX12, OpenCL 2.0, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
652 MSM8976: Upper middle class ARM based SoC with 8 CPU cores (64 Bit Cortex A72 and A53 mixture) and a Adreno 510 GPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Only a few smartphones have larger screens.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.
This weight is typical for smartphones.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
72.78%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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