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Possible Asus Zenfone 3 smartphones spotted on GFXBench

Possible Asus Zenfone 3 smartphones spotted on GFXBench
Possible Asus Zenfone 3 smartphones spotted on GFXBench
The successor to the Zenfone 2 could be just around the corner and may be coming sooner than expected in 5.5-inch and 5.9-inch sizes.

Asus is already nearing completion of the Zenfone 3 if these latest findings prove to be true. The current Zenfone 2 series includes the Z008 and Z00AD model numbers. Interestingly, a couple of unknown Asus models have shown up on GFXBench with the designations Z010DD and Z012D, which may suggest two SKUs of the inevitable Zenfone 3.

The Zenfone 2 family is notable for its use of Intel Atom processors. According to these findings, however, Asus may be moving away from Microsoft and back to Qualcomm with the Snapdragon 600 series. The 5.5-inch Asus Z012D is expected to carry a hexa-core Snapdragon 650 (formerly known as the Snapdragon 618) with integrated Adreno 510 graphics, 3 GB RAM, and a 1080p resolution display.

In contrast, the Z101DD is expected to be a larger and less powerful 5.9-inch model with a resolution of 720p, an octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC, integrated Adreno 405 graphics, and 3 GB RAM. Its rear and front cameras are listed as 13 MP and 5 MP, respectively, and both SKUs are expected to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The current Zenfone 2 series offer excellent performance and roomy 1080p displays for the price, albeit the smartphones are some of the largest 5.5-inch consumer smartphones around.

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-01-23 (Update: 2016-01-23)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.