Thanks to product listings on design site Red Dot, the first images of the Asus Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 3 Deluxe have seemingly been revealed. While light tipped on actual specifications, the listings (via Android Police) wax eloquently about the phone’s design and reveal a plethora of device features.

Referred to as the Zenfone 3 Series, the device will have 2.5D glass (curved edges) on the front and rear with a curved aluminum frame. Underneath the back glass will be a “decoration film with metallic spin texture” which is on par with previous out-there Asus designs. Feature-wise, it will have USB Type-C for speedy charging, a front camera flash, laser autofocus, and a fingerprint scanner. One interesting accessory is a Smart Flip Cover that will allow users to access settings and see notifications.

Like they’ve done in the past, Asus will also have a Zenfone 3 Deluxe variant whose key feature appears to be a full metal design that does not require plastic antenna lines to allow radio signals to pass. The listing claims that it will be the “first full metallic smart phone in the world.” Beyond that engineering detail, this Zenfone will feature a centered physical hardware button, a side lock button, and the same front camera flash.

Spec-wise, not much is known about these phones. A rumor from earlier this year points to the use of Qualcomm Snapdragon chips instead of Intel CPUs, at least in the lower-end Zenfone variants. Additionally, they will launch with Android Marshmallow.


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