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

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.


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source: FocusTaiwan via GforGames

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ZenFone 2
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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23 Comments

1. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

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

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

810 & 4gb ram

5. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 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.

13. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Or maybe Intel processors are pretty expensive.

16. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 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

3. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 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 ?

4. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

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

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

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

7. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 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

14. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

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

8. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

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

9. Tejas9

Posts: 95; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

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

10. MisterQ

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Is Canada included with USA for April launch ?

12. charlesxph

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

No Philippines?

15. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

18. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

20. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 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.

21. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

19. soldier820

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

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

22. AkashRockz

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 25, 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.

23. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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

24. myxvincent

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

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

25. mumazi

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 16, 2015

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

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