ASUS ZenFone 3 now has a launch date

ZenFone fans, take note

ZenFone fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief because the ASUS ZenFone 3 now has a debut date set a few weeks from today.

According to the company’s countdown page, ASUS has scheduled the Zenvolution event on May 30 at Computex in Taiwan (yes, in its home turf), though for those who are not covering the announcement, it can be viewed live online at 2:00 p.m. Central time.

Another thing worth noting is the Intel branding on the countdown site, which suggests the event, as usual, will feature a slew of products powered by the chip maker. What remains to be seen, however, is whether the ZenFone 3 will be one of those items that benefits from Intel’s mobile efforts.

But in light of Intel’s recent exit from the mobile industry, we wouldn’t bet on seeing an Atom-based ZenFone 3 at Computex 2016. At this point, Qualcomm chipsets are more likely to be found inside the signature phone.

Previous reports reveal the ZenFone 3’s specs rundown to consist of up to an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 3GB of RAM and up to a 5.9-inch full-resolution screen.

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Interestingly, reports of a ZenFone 3 variant running Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 820 chip are less prevalent, giving rise to speculation that ASUS will be focusing more heavily on the mid-market this year.

A page on the Red Dot website, which has since been deleted, described the ZenFone 3 as having “2.5D glass on both front and back sides” and “a curved aluminum frame,” indicating the next-gen smartphone would have a more upscale appearance than previous designs.

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A USB-Type C port and a battery that supports fast charging, plus a fingerprint scanner and front-facing flash, are reportedly included in the mix as well.

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