Sony has been struggling the smartphone market, something that has seen the company rebrand its 2016 handsets to a Xperia X series.
One major reason Sony is finding it hard to maintain its supremacy in the handset market is because of tough competition coming from Asia, mainly China and now Taiwan. ASUS has been making a number of decent smartphones in recent times and the new ZenFone 3 Deluxe is just the latest to join this bandwagon. While the phone happens to be the high-end variant of the ASUS ZenFone 3 series, the Sony Xperia X is the mid-range variant of the new lineup, with the Xperia X Performance being the high-end variant.
So, why pit these two together when they are from different price ranges? Well, the obvious reason here is that their price tags are almost the same, yet the spec sheet on board is totally different. Let’s take a look.
ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe
ASUS is a popular name in the computing world, but very few are aware of its heroics when it comes to smartphones. In the latest ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe, the company has a smartphone that is ready to compete with the elites from Samsung, Apple as well as Sony, just to name but a few. You will come across an excellent all-metal design that discards antenna lines from the back and hides them in the frame.
Unlike the Xperia X, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe has a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display screen, but it keeps the same Full HD resolution you find on the former. This means that the pixel density of the latter is lower when compared to the former, which is 386ppi, thanks to its smaller 5-inch display screen. Things get more interesting when it comes to specs under the hood. You get a Snapdragon 820 SoC that has a maximum clock speed of 2.15GHz. This chipset is paired with an Adreno 530 GPU and a 6GB RAM. You also get 64GB of expandable storage, but the microSD card slot can only hold up to 128GB.
Apparently, ASUS says that it will still unveil a top-end ZenFone 3 Deluxe. The phone will keep a huge part of the spec sheet of its counterpart, but it will reportedly pack a faster Snapdragon 821 SoC and 256GB ROM, which will still be expandable via a microSD card.
ASUS went for a massive 23MP snapper on the back of the ZenFone 3. The sensor, which comes from Sony, makes use of PixelMaster technology that ensures you get the best quality for pictures. The aperture of the camera is f/2.0, there is OIS, EIS as well as dual-tone LED flash. On the front, you get a decent 8MP snapper capable of capturing up to 85-degree wide angle views. To keep the phablet alive, there is a 3000mAh battery unit and it can be fast charged via Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
There is a fingerprint scanner on the back of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and Marshmallow powers the phone out of the box. Of course, the OS is not stock, but the ZenUI 3.0 skin has significantly been trimmed down. As for the price, these monster specs are valued at about $500, which should be a deal breaker for many.
Sony Xperia X
Sony went from a metal and glass design to a full-metal design with the Xperia X, however, the phone has not changed at all – it still looks like a typical Sony smartphone. You will come across a rectangular shape, large top and bottom bezels and so on, but the all-metal build still feels more like plastic.
One funny thing about the Sony Xperia X U.S. variant is that there is no fingerprint scanner. This is not the first time the Japanese tech giant has made such a move. It also happened with Xperia Z5. The phone has a 5-inch IPS LCD display panel with a Full HD resolution. Under the hood, the Xperia X comes with a 64-bit Snapdragon 650 SoC, which is the 2016 mid-range chipset, but it is a hexacore with a maximum speed of 1.8GHz.
Unfortunately, the used Snapdragon 650 SoC has some limitations that mean a DDR4 RAM cannot be used, thus, the Xperia X packs a 3GB DDR3 RAM. You also get an Adreno 510 GPU and an onboard storage of 32GB, which can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 200GB. The same camera specs you find on the Xperia Z5 are available on the Xperia X, including a 23MP rear snapper with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF as well as LED flash. The front part has a huge 13MP snapper with the same aperture, which means you get the best selfies out there. To keep the phone alive, you get a 2620mAh battery unit, which is non-removable, but can be fast charged via Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology.
The Xperia X is valued at $550, but remember that the U.S. variant does not include a fingerprint scanner for whatever reason. So, in case you want to use this feature, make sure you get the international variant, which uses the same bands as the U.S. variant.
So, where will you put your money? Will it be the Xperia X or the ZenFone 3 Deluxe? Let us know your choice in the comments section.