Asus could soon launch a new more affordable variant of the ZenFone 3. The smartphone, carrying the model number Z01B, has shown up on the popular GFXBench benchmark database.
The benchmark listing reveals that it will feature a 5.5-inch sized display with 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution, which should translate to a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch. Under the hood, the smartphone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core chipset, based on the ARM Cortex-A53 architecture. What makes it really apparent that the Z01B will be a significantly more affordable version of the ZenFone 3 is the fact that it only comes with 2GB of RAM. Internal storage is still impressive though, at 32GB.
At the back, the smartphone will be equipped with a 13MP primary camera, although it is incorrectly listed as a 12MP unit on GFXBench. For selfies, the smartphone will be equipped with an 8MP unit on the front, like many other new mid-range Android smartphones launched this year. Finally, the listing reveals the smartphone will ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, complete with the Zen UI custom layer on top.
The standard ZenFone 3 in comparison is a lot more impressive in the hardware department. It comes with a more powerful Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3 or 4GB of RAM, and a higher resolution 16MP camera at the back. Since the Z01B version happens to be a downgrade in most areas, we can expect it to be priced quite competitively. We do wonder though, if this upcoming version will retain the fingerprint scanner that is present on the ZenFone 3.
Currently, there is no info on when the new ZenFone 3 version could be made official by Asus. What we do know however, is that the ZenFone 3 family will go on sale in Taiwan starting July 12. As of now, the ZenFone 3 family includes the standard ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and the ZenFone 3 Ultra.