Asus Zenfone 4, Zenfone 5, Zenfone 6 are official - all powered by Intel Atom

Asus Zenfone 4, Zenfone 5, Zenfone 6 are official - all powered by Intel Atom
Now that's a pleasant surprise from the guys at Asus! At its CES 2014 media event, the Taiwanese company announced a brand new smartphone series – the Asus Zenfone. The lineup's debut brings a trio of "high-value" smartphones called the Asus Zenfone 6, Zenfone 5, and the Zenfone 4

We'll introduce you to the Asus Zenfone 6 first since it is shaping up as the most promising smartphone of the bunch. As the name implies, it is a handset with a 6-inch IPS touchscreen, the resolution of which is a rather disappointing 720 by 1280 pixels. But it is nice that the display can be operated through gloves. An Intel Atom processor is taking care of all the heavy computations – a 2GHz Z2580 CPU with Quad-Thread Hyper-Threading technology. That's not the fastest mobile processor out there, but it is a decently performing chip overall. There's also 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, and a pretty large, 3230mAh battery. The 13MP camera on the device features the so-called ASUS PixelMaster technology, but we aren't exactly sure how that's supposed to make its photos look better. Color options include Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, and Champagne Gold.

The Asus Zenfone 5 is in many ways similar to its 6-inch sibling. Most importantly, it has the same 2GHz Intel Atom chip tucked inside along with 1GB of RAM. Its 5-inch IPS display has a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels and can be also operated while the user is wearing gloves. The phone's main camera can snap photos at 8MP and the same PixelMaster tech is present along with optical image stabilization. There will be several colors to pick from – Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, and Champagne Gold.

Last on the list we have the Asus Zenfone 4, which is a rather modest Android offering. Its 4-inch display has an okay resolution of 480 by 800 pixels and its Intel Atom Z2520 processor runs at 1.2GHz. You also get 1GB of RAM, a 5MP main camera, and an embarrassingly small 1170mAh battery. Color options include Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Sky Blue, Solar Yellow.

All of Asus's Zenfone smartphones will ship with Android 4.3 pre-installed. They will all, however, receive an update to Android 4.4 KitKat at a later time. Naturally, the user interface will be far from stock. ZenUI is the custom interface that Asus has come up with and it appears to be centered around rendering the phone easier to use without limiting its functionality. Asus has thrown in a free messaging platform powered by Omlet Chat. Those who do a lot of reading on their device will be pleased to know that a Smart Reader Mode has been implemented, adjusting the screen tone automatically, thus reducing eye strain.

Availability information for the Asus Zenfone series has not been disclosed. Pricing, however, has been announced - $99 for the Zenfone 4, $149 for the Zenfone 5, and $199 for the Zenfone 6.


source: Asus

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20 Comments

1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Not worth it. The Moto G is better than this.

2. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Zenfone 6= 6 inch phablet Zenfone 5= 5 inch phone Moto G = 4.5 inch phone Unfair comparsion dude!

10. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Moto G gets more support and has better design.

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Agree on this. Don't ever try to update an Asus. It will become a POC. XD

17. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Agree.. I have Lenovo phone. But it never gets update. Stuck in ICS. If Lenovo doesn't give me update, what about Asus? Asus is worse.

5. miguelmeza14

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 20, 2013

In what ways?

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

How do you figure that? I'm pretty sure the Z5680 in the Zenphone 5 performs much better than the Snapdragon 400 in the Moto G, they both have 1 GB of RAM, they both have 720p displays, but smaller on the Moto G, and the Zenphone 5 is actually cheaper than the Moto G. Though the Moto G might get better support, Zen UI looks very nice and may make up for lack of updates with it's own features that stock Android doesn't have, but it still has a guaranteed Kit Kat update.

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Z2580 I mean, not 5680

15. kurdt

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

are these dual core on par with most of the quad core phones coming out?

16. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Not really. The Z2580 scores about 20,000 on Antutu, while the Galaxy S4 scores about 26,000. Definitely not bad, it's pretty respectable, but not up to par with today's flagships with the Snapdragon 800 or better.

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Ok devices at least spec and price-wise. But 1170mAh battery? Really, even with those specs, that is too small. Wrong place to save money.

13. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

asus always uses Li-Po battery and it is more expensive than usual Li-Ion battery so it is smaller because of price but Li-Po has it's pluses against Li-Ion

4. technomichael

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

i wonder if those are the off-contract prices, if so i want to try one of these out, asus did a good job with there new devices.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

They have to be off-contract. $99 for a 4-inch WVGA phone would be absurd on-contract.

6. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

See the price!

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Zen6 for $200? Heck, I'm sold. Gotta get one for my gf. I don't like Asus so much, but this is worth a try xD

14. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

I dont care cpu and screen resolution...they are usable whatever you benchmark hunters think - look at the price point...but 1gb of ram is the main problem to have smooth Android experience - it could cost just 10 bucks more for 2gb of ram.

18. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Same... I was reading the news just fine right until the 1Gb RAM part then I went "dafuq o.O???".

20. anderlan

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

This is extremely interesting if as an x86, that is, a PC architecture it avoids all the non-standard booting of various ARM systems. Let me explain. It's interesting because it might more easily get rooted and have stock or custom Android builds put on it. Moreover, it could have many stock Linux distros booted on it, and of course Windows x86, or even one day Hackintosh. This is kind of a milestone. A *dirt* cheap x86 phone with apparently decent battery and good performance. But does the 6 inch version really only have ONE GIGABYTE of RAM?!

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Stop whining - look at the prices - then compare and look at the prices of your favorite phone or a phone that you want - it really is not a bad deal...

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