Asus Philippines Zenvolution 2016 : What To Expect? FAQs, Answered!

Tomorrow - August 14, 2016 - through Zenvolution, an exclusive event that the Taiwanese company will be holding for bloggers, members of the media, and 500 of its loyal fans from across the country, Asus Philippines will formally unveil its latest smartphones, hybrids, and ultrabooks for the latter part of this year.

I'm sure almost all of you are already familiar with the three flagship-level handset models that will be announced (After all, I've already posted several articles about them following my Computex 2016 experience with our friends from the company) -- but for the few who have yet to see them, let me present a brief introduction about the devices again.

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Philippines

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the world's first ever handset to flaunt a full metal unibody that has no visible antenna lines, giving it a more streamlined look and making it downright gorgeous.

Definitely not all-looks-no-substance, ZF3Deluxe is equipped with a 5.7-inch Full HD AMOLED display, 23 MegaPixel main camera (with f/2.0 aperture, Tri-Tech autofocus, 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization, and Dual Tone LED flash), 8 MegaPixel front cam for selfies with f/2.0 aperture, and 4K video recorder.

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Philippines

At its heart, it runs its ZenUI-flavored Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with the beastly 64-Bit Quad Core Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset, has a whopping 6GB of RAM for ultra-smooth multitasking, and comes with 128GB of expandable storage. The combination of these internal hardware makes the Dual SIM 4G-enabled Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe one of the most powerful smartphones of 2016.

A beauty and a beast at the same time, Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL has an official SRP of $499 USD.

Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra

Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra Philippines

Crafted to deliver a great mobile entertainment experience, Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra ZU680KL sports a massive 6.8-inch Full HD display with a 95% NTSC color gamut (for brilliant and vibrant image quality even outdoors, under direct sunlight), which is complemented by two powerful five-magnet stereo speakers and a NXP smart amplifier delivering well-defined sound.

Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra

Having a chamfered unibody aluminum alloy shell, this phablet also features a 23 MegaPixel rear camera (featuring a powerful Sony IMX318 sensor for enhanced low-light performance, 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization that compensates for shaking while taking shots, and Tri-Tech autofocus technology) 8 MegaPixel selfie cam, Full HD recorder, Dual SIM capability, 4G LTE support, and USB Type C port.

At its heart, it runs on a 64-Bit Octa Core Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 processor, runs on either 3GB of 4GB of RAM (depending on variant), and offers 32, 64, or 128GB expandable storage options.

Available in Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray, or Metallic Pink, Asus ZF3Ultra will sell for $479 USD.

Asus ZenFone 3

Asus ZenFone 3 Philippines

Available in two sizes - one with 5.2-inch screen (ZE520KL) and the other with a larger 5.5-inch display (ZE552KL) - with multiple internal hardware options, Asus ZF3 sports a gorgeous exterior made of sand-blasted aluminum alloy and scratch-resistant contoured Gorilla Glass panels in lieu of plastic on its predecessor.

Read: Asus ZenFone 2 ZE520KL 5.2-inch vs Asus ZenFone 3 ZE552KL 5.5-inch

Asus ZenFone 3 Philippines

Both models have Full HD IPS+ display panels, 16 MegaPixel main camera (with f/2.0 aperture, Sony IMX298 sensor, Tri-Tech Autofocus, 4-Axis Optical Image Stabilization, and Dual Tone LED Flash), 8 MegaPixels front cam with f/2.0 aperture, Full HD video recorder, Dual SIM capability, 4G LTE support, and USB Type C port.

Inside the sleek shell, both models are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953 chipset. The two offer 3GB and 4GB RAM options and come with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage that can expanded via the hybrid secondary nanoSIM slot.

The base model of Asus ZenFone 3 ZE520KL will don an SRP of $249 USD while that of the bigger ZE552KL is expected to cost around $300.

More ZenFone Models!

Asus from the three above-mentioned upper echelon models, the Taiwanese electronics company is also expected to announce a couple of midrange handsets, great for Asus fans who are a bit tight on budget but want to get the most value for their money.

There's the Asus ZenFone 3 Max, which sports a 5.2-inch HD IPS display and a big 4,130 mAh battery pack, ensuring multiple days of uptime from a full charge with regular use. It also features a 13 MegaPixel autofocus camera at the back, 5MP front cam for selfies, and a Full HD video recorder. This 4G-enabled Dual SIM handset runs its Zen-UI-skinned Android Marshmallow OS with a 64-Bit Quad Core MediaTek MT6737T processor, handles multitasking with 3GB of RAM, and comes with 32GB of expandable storage. As for the price, I'm expecting this model to don an SRP in the range of Php 9,000 to Php 10,000.

Flaunting the same full metal build and perhaps a slightly more expensive SRP than ZF3Max, the Asus ZenFone 3 Laser is equipped with a larger 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 13 MegaPixel autofocus camera with Sony IMX214 sensor, 8 MP front cam for selfies, and a 3,000 mAh battery pack. Under the hood, it is powered by a 64-Bit Octa Core Qualcomm Snapgradon 430 processor, has 4GB of RAM for multitasking, and comes with 32GB of expandable storage.

Notebooks and Hybrids

There's a big chance that Asus would also take the opportunity to let the company's fans experience the all-new ZenBook 3 UX390UA as well as the much-talked-about Asus Transformer Pro 3 and its smaller and less powerful iterations.

Weighing less than a kilogram and measuring only 11.9 millimeters at its thickest point, the ultra-premium ZenBook 3 ultrabook flaunts an aerospace-grade alloy shell and features a 12.5-inch Full HD display, latest Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM, an ultra-fast up to 1TB PCIe Gen 3 SSD and the latest USB-C port.

On the other hand, Asus Transformer Pro 3 is a powerful Windows 10 tablet that transforms into a notebook -- thanks to its Cover Keyboard.

Asus Transformer Pro 3 comes with an redesigned integrated metal kickstand with a 155° stepless hinge allowing the user to set or recline the screen at pretty much any angle — up to 170°, perfect for using the included stylus for capacitive glass touchscreen.

A legit Microsoft Surface Pro killer, this metal-clad hybrid has the same beastly internal specs as the ZenBook 3 and even comes with a 12.5-inch IPS display with high-res 3K or 2880 x 1920 pixels resolution!

FAQs, Answered!

Allow me to echo or repost Asus Philippines' official answers to some of the most popular inquiries about Zenvolution 2016:

Q: Where will Zenvolution be held?
A: It will be held at the Garden Tent, Sofitel Philippines Plaza Manila.

Q: What time will it start and end?
A: Zenvolution will start at 3:00 PM and end at 4:30 PM.

Q: What time will registration start?
A: Registration starts at 2:00 PM and program starts at 3:00 PM. Attendees are encouraged to arrive before said time. Latecomers will have to forfeit their slot. For those who were not able to register we have a live streaming broadcast that you can watch here.

Q: What does the QR code do?
A: The QR codes in the confirmation e-mail will be your tickets to Zenvolution.

Q: Are the QR Codes transferable?
A: They are non-transferable. We will not entertain any proxy arrangements on the day of Zenvolution. No QR Code, no entrance.

Q: What should I wear and not wear?
A: Note that Zenvolution is a premium and exclusive event held for you, so do not forget to wear semi-formal or business casual attires.

So there you have it, TP Friends! See you at Zenvolution 2016! But before that, let me know your thoughts about these upcoming Asus releases via our comments section below. Let's talk!

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