The 2016 smartphone war is getting sweeter with each and every release. Samsung Galaxy S7 has been rocking the industry with its great looks, excellent performance, and premium feel, but no one can doubt the fact that the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe has what it takes to match the big boys in the industry.
But the question is will it convince Samsung diehards to reconsider upgrading from Samsung Galaxy S4, S5 or S6 to the new Galaxy S7 and instead opt for the Taiwanese company’s ZenFone 3 Deluxe? Let’s take a closer look at how ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe compares against Samsung Galaxy S7.
As usual, similarities are hard to miss on major smartphone flagships. For starters, you will get Super AMOLED display units on the two handsets, but the sizes vary. Under the hood, you get a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 820 SoC on both the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and Galaxy S7, but the latter also comes with a separate Exynos 8890 SoC variant that is not sold in the U.S.
Samsung dropped expandable storage in last year’s Galaxy S6. But this feature is back with the Galaxy S7. The story is the same for the ZenFone 3 Deluxe. Being flagships, both handsets come with fingerprint sensors as well as the latest connectivity options, including NFC. However, where ASUS chose a USB Type-C port, Samsung went for a microUSB port. Furthermore, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe makes use of Quick Charge 3.0 technology to power its non-removable 3000mAh battery whereas the Galaxy S7 has Quick Charge 2.0 for charging the same battery size.
Now to the core part of differences, it gets even more interesting. Samsung Galaxy S7 comes in with a 5.1-inch QHD screen with 2560 by 1440 pixels resolution and 577ppi of pixel density. The screen also adds an Always On display feature that makes it easy to fast-check details such as time and date without the need of pressing a button on the phone.
As mentioned earlier, you get two variants of the Galaxy S7. One has a Snapdragon 820 SoC and another has an Exynos 8890 SoC. However, there is really no difference in performance, especially since both variants come with the same RAM of 4GB. There is 32GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 200GB.
Samsung improved a lot when it comes to photography of the Galaxy S7. Even though the megapixel count dropped, the quality of photos produced by the 12MP DualPixel sensor on the rear of the phone is way better than what last year’s 16MP sensor on the Galaxy S6 managed. It gets even better as the lens has an aperture of f/1.7 that is supported by features like PDAF, OIS and Auto HDR. As for the selfie camera, you get a decent 5MP sensor with the same aperture as the rear snapper.
ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is one of the best spec-packed smartphones on the market right now. This is true because it packs a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen that features an Always On display. However, it might disappoint a few to find out that it still depends on Full HD resolution that manages 386ppi of pixel density.
Despite this low, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe still comes with this year’s Snapdragon 820 SoC that is paired with an Adreno 530 graphics processor and an even better RAM of 6GB – 2GB more than the Galaxy S7. On storage matters, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is much better-equipped than the S7 thanks to the fact that it offers three variants of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. As noted earlier, the available storage memory is expandable via a microSD card of up to 128GB for both variants.
Unlike Samsung which is working to cut down on the number of megapixels, ASUS went for even more with Sony’s 23MP sensor on the rear. The snapper comes with a sapphire crystal lens cover, dual-LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 4-axis OIS as well as ability to record 4K videos. The front part has an impressive 8MP sensor that packs an 85-degree wide angle lens suitable for taking group selfies and video chats.
Unlike the Galaxy S7, the fingerprint sensor of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is found on the back of the phone. However, you will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box, unlike the S7’s v6.0.1.
As far as prices are concerned, you will be saving yourself about $170 by buying a 64GB/6GB ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe at a price of $500 as opposed to the 32GB/4GB Galaxy S7 that costs $670. However, for the extra $170, you will be getting things like QHD display, IP68 certification, Samsung Pay, a heart monitor, wireless charging as well as an oxygen sensor. As for now, there are no pricing details available for the 256GB/6GB variant of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, which is set for a release later this year.