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Intel powered Asus ZenFone 2 to get two siblings powered by Qualcomm and MediaTek

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Intel powered Asus ZenFone 2 to get two siblings powered by Qualcomm and MediaTek
The Asus ZenFone 2 features a 5.5-inch screen powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 CPU with Android 5.0 pre-installed. The handset is the first to offer 4GB of RAM, which is being matched by the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro. Expected to be launched next month, the ZenFone 2 is the sequel to the successful Asus ZenFone. The manufacturer shipped 4.5 million units of the OG ZenFone phablet during the fourth quarter of 2014.

For 2015, Asus hopes to double its smartphone shipments to 17 million. The ZenFone 2 is one of the models it is counting on to get there. To make the device even more popular, Asus announced today that it has decided to add two new variants of the phone. One will be a lower priced model coming in the second quarter featuring an unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. The third version of the ZenFone 2 will be powered by a MediaTek chipset and aimed at emerging markets like India, where 3G use is prevalent. This model will be released in the second half of the year.

As we noted, the Intel powered Asus ZenFone 2 will be released next month. The first countries to have it available will be Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, China and France. In April, the launch extends to the U.S., Italy, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. No latter than May, the device should reach Japan with a version for Brazil expected to launch in June.

Asus introduces two additional versions of the ZenFone 2, one powered by Qualcomm and the other by MediaTek

Asus introduces two additional versions of the ZenFone 2, one powered by Qualcomm and the other by MediaTek


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source: FocusTaiwan via GforGames

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posted on 13 Feb 2015, 10:12

1. Dude2014 (Posts: 435; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


This phone's camera really wowed me with superior low light performance.

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 10:12

2. kkmkk (Posts: 463; Member since: 06 May 2013)


810 & 4gb ram

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 10:39 1

5. Niva. (Posts: 418; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


The article said that the qualcom variant will be cheaper, most likely it will feature a SD410 or 610, maybe 808 tops. I guess we will have to wait and see.

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 11:50 1

13. may_czos (Posts: 712; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Or maybe Intel processors are pretty expensive.

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 12:13 3

16. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Not sure how you got to that conclution..

For the same price of the intel model the best you get right now is a Sandragon 410 , witch is a LOT weaker

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 10:14 1

3. Anterv (Posts: 172; Member since: 09 Jul 2014)


"One will be a lower priced model coming in the second quarter featuring an unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC"

So you are saying that $199 isn't low for a 4GB RAM phone ?

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 10:24 2

4. Phonedingo (Posts: 386; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


The 4GB ram version isn't for $200 according to Micheal Fischer.

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 10:53 3

6. hurrycanger (Posts: 1556; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


If I remember right, the $200 version has 2gb of ram and the $250 one will have 4gb.

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 11:17 3

7. jsjammu (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Nov 2014)


at $200 for a phone to 5.5" screen and rest of the specs, just buy it or STHU. What do people want for $200? Geez. LOL

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 11:51

14. may_czos (Posts: 712; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


The lowest model costs $200, the highest one with the quickest CPU and 4GB of RAM is more expensive.

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 11:18

8. jonartpop (Posts: 170; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


I'm so waiting for this one to be released in Indonesia. It's probably gonna be my next phone.

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 11:25 2

9. Tejas9 (Posts: 94; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


They should launch soon. They created the hype at Ces, need to deliver on time now.

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 11:29

10. MisterQ (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


Is Canada included with USA for April launch ?

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 11:50

12. charlesxph (Posts: 34; Member since: 04 Jan 2015)


No Philippines?

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 11:52

15. may_czos (Posts: 712; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


I hope 5" version will also have pretty good screen to body ratio (over 70%). 4GB of RAM sounds tempting but it's DDR3 RAM, not the much faster DDR4 one.

posted on 13 Feb 2015, 22:16

18. EcoCare (Posts: 387; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


I'll take ARM, be it Qualcomm or MediaTek.

Currently using ZenFone 4 with Intel and their efficiency is rubbish. All ZenFone models are facing the same issue : battery life.

Intel needs to work harder on their chips if they want to compete with ARM processors.

posted on 14 Feb 2015, 07:48

20. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Yeah the processor you have is 32 nm planar these are shipping with 22nm FinFET. Huge improvement in battery life and performance. That's right Intel is shipping FinFET while Sammie and TSM are still trying to make it work.

posted on 14 Feb 2015, 09:25

21. EcoCare (Posts: 387; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


I don't really know a lot about that stuff but my friend has a Galaxy Ace 3 with Broadcom chip and it's more efficient than mine. I don't know the fabrication stuff of that chip (maybe it's still 32 nm or even 40nm) but one thing I know for sure is that ARM is still more efficient than x86.

Intel already put me doubt whether I want my next phone will be Intel inside.

posted on 14 Feb 2015, 06:57 1

19. soldier820 (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


removable battery ? internal space? and can it support michroSD card ?
If yes all of them..!! then they got my attention

posted on 14 Feb 2015, 10:27 1

22. AkashRockz (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


I don't liked that they are thinking to launch MediaTek variant in India, not the Snapdragon variant. And if they don't launch the Intel-based ZenFone 2 than I'll be most disappointed by there decision, dudes here in India there are also many 4G users! And soon... Reliance will be start there 4G network than obviously, number of 4G users will grow like a boom...

Reliance has already build the towers for 4G connectivity and they are just few months away from starting it, may be in March in metro cities and May in other cities.

posted on 14 Feb 2015, 12:16 1

23. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Asus has gotten some attention with the Zenphones....and rightfully so...

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 22:39

24. myxvincent (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Feb 2015)


when they will realease that asus here in philippines???

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 05:44

25. mumazi (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Apr 2015)


hi,guys, now zenfone 2 is on sales now, you can see is on this shop. flosmall.com

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