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Asus intros the ZenFone C smartphone and the ZenPower 9600 portable battery charger

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Asus intros the ZenFone C smartphone and the ZenPower 9600 portable battery charger
Asus this week officially unveiled a new smartphone, as well as a new portable battery charger, both part of its Zen series of devices.

The new handset is called Asus ZenFone C, and is a slightly larger successor to last year's ZenFone 4. Running Android 4.4.4 KitKat with ZenUI on top, the ZenFone C sports a 4.5-inch display with 480 x 854 pixels, and is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. Other features include a 5 MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable internal memory. Measuring 136.5 x 67 x 10.9 mm and weighing 149 grams, the smartphone comes with a 2100 mAh battery.

The ZenFone C has several color versions (including black, red, and white), and is already available in Taiwan, where it costs just $95.

As for Asus' new portable battery charger (or power bank), this is called ZenPower 9600, and obviously has a capacity of 9600 mAh - so it's capable of charging most smartphones at least three times. It will be soon available in various color versions (black, silver, red, cyan, etc), but it's not clear how much it's going to cost.

sources: Asus Taiwan, Engadget Chinese (translated)

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posted on 04 Feb 2015, 16:26 1

1. greenelektron (Posts: 537; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)

Xiaomi powerbanks (10400mAh) costs a little over $14. Hoping for a similar price point for this one.

posted on 04 Feb 2015, 17:04 2

2. Takeharu (Posts: 262; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

It also looks shocking similar to Xiaomi's powerbank only a bit more squared off and less capacity.

posted on 04 Feb 2015, 18:19

3. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Dont you know the Xiaomi powerbank is a copy of the Apple powerbank

posted on 04 Feb 2015, 22:46

4. dimas (Posts: 2525; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

Don't you know that all powerbanks are made by designers and there are chances that their design may end up looking similar? Are people so obsess with gadgets that even powerbank's design have to be big deal? It's just a powerbank, the world will not end even if it looks like apple tv.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 10:03

7. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

Seriously, who cares about design on powerbanks.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 02:47

5. NopeNein (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Feb 2015)


posted on 05 Feb 2015, 02:49

6. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

The Zenfone 4 is a really good mid range device. If Asus manage to keep the Zenfone C as the same price as the Zenfone 4, then props to them!

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