ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – The Phablet War

ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra vs Galaxy S7 Edge

If you thought Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with its 5.5-inch screen size is huge, wait until you meet the 6.8-inch ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra.

ASUS released three smartphones in the ZenFone 3 lineup, but the Taiwanese company packed the top of the table specs on the Deluxe variant. As for the Ultra variant, it will appeal to those who fancy huge screens for watching video songs and even movies when on the go.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has been voted by many as the best-crafted phone in 2016 thanks to its classy metal and glass design. Of course, the ZenFone 3 Ultra is not bad off either with its beautifully designed Aerospace-grade aluminum alloy. The phone’s antenna lines are nowhere near the back, instead, they have been buried into the sides. But on the inside is where ASUS messed things up, coming in with mediocre specs for a device with such a huge display screen. On the contrary, Samsung went for the best specs on offering at the time of release, specs that make this phone one of the best performers around.

Although these two devices seem to be worlds apart, there are a few things here and there that make them similar. Without going into much, here is are the main similarities and differences these two phones have.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Similarities

As far as size is concerned, these two are indeed worlds apart. This further extends to the screen technology in use as well as the quality of the display, but still, there is Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 to be shared between them. In addition, Qualcomm chipsets power the two phones and are paired with a RAM of 4GB. There is room for expanding the onboard storage via a microSD card, but the differences resume in the camera area.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra vs Galaxy S7 Edge

Both Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra have a fingerprint sensor but don’t expect to use this feature to make mobile payments on the latter device. You will also get USB Type-C connectivity on the ZenFone 3 Ultra as opposed to the microUSB port used on the Galaxy S7 Edge. Both ports allow for Quick Charge technology to be used for charging, but ASUS uses the latest v3.0 as opposed to Samsung’s v2.0.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Differences

The most vivid difference between the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the size. Samsung went for a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen that features beautiful dual-curved edges and QHD resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels. This means you get a pixel density of 577ppi, which should translate to even better views.

As for the specs under the hood, the Galaxy S7 Edge has a Snapdragon 820 SoC for U.S. users while those in other regions will get an Exynos 8890-powered variant. Where the U.S. variant is paired with an Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB RAM, you get a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU and the same RAM on the Exynos-powered variant. The available onboard storage remains the same at 32GB, which can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 200GB.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra vs Galaxy S7 Edge

As for the camera, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a near-perfect 12MP DualPixel snapper on the rear. The lens has an aperture of f/1.7 and includes features such as improved PDAF, OIS as well as Auto HDR. The front part has a 5MP sensor with the same f/1.7 aperture and Live HDR on board. As for the battery unit, you get a decent 3600mAh unit, which should be enough to take you through the day. To grab yourself a new Galaxy S7 Edge, you will have to part with about $790, which is undoubtedly a huge amount of money for a very worthy device.

As for the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra, you will be entitled to a 6.8-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD resolution that translates to 324ppi of pixel density. Under the hood, the Taiwanese tech giant went for a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 652 SoC that is paired with an Adreno 510 GPU and a RAM of 4GB, similar to the S7 Edge. As for the storage, you get a better 64GB memory on the ZenFone 3 Ultra, which can also be expanded via a microSD card of up to 200GB.

As for the camera, ASUS really did some work. The phone packs a Sony-made 23MP snapper on the back with an aperture of f/2.0, which is quite smaller than the f/1.7 found on the S7 Edge. The 6-element Largan lens makes use of both laser and phase detection autofocus and is also equipped with a 4-axis OIS to ensure even much better stability when taking shots. You also get a dual-tone LED flash on the lens. The front part gets an 8MP sensor that further strays when it comes to aperture, coming in with f/2.2. However, the 85-degree wide-angle lens used will ensure that you get the best group selfies and video chats that will take advantage of the huge display screen.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

To keep the phablet powered, ASUS went with a monstrous 4600mAh battery unit that can also be supercharged via Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Unlike the Galaxy S7 Edge where the fingerprint sensor is located on the home button, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra has this feature on the back of the phone. To grab yourself a new ZenFone 3 Ultra, you will have to part with a lesser amount of $479.

So, will you opt for price over raw power or vice versa? The ball is in your court.

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