Asus have announced a new range of Intel Atom based phones, there are three devices available in a range of colours and sizes. They come in four, five or six variations and Asus have applied a skin to them all called ZenUI.
The ZenFone 6 is the largest of the range at six inches and packs the biggest spec too.
So with only 1GB of RAM and 6″ 720p display I can’t see this being an expensive device. Although the MicroSD Slot and the large battery would make a nice multi media device.
The ZenFone 5 is basically just a smaller version of the ZenFone 6, for those that don’t want a huge phone.
The ZenFone 5 is the most interesting out of the pack, with the same spec as its larger sibbling apart from a smaller battery. The 5″ 720p screen won’t look as bad as the larger ZenFone either.
The ZenFone 4 is the smallest of the range and also it has the lowest spec.
It’s a shame they had to trim the specs of the smaller ZenFone, many people out there want a small high spec device and this with its WVGA screen and tiny battery won’t appeal to many.
Overall it’s nice to see another manufacturer releasing phones, but until we see prices it’s all a little bit inconsequential. Basic specs and nice design don’t really appeal that much at the moment. However if the larger ones come out under £200 then I’d be a whole lot more interested.
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London, United Kingdom (7th January, 2014)
— ASUS today announced ZenFone, a brand-new
high-value smartphone series that offers a choice of screen sizes from 4 to 6 inches and is available
in an array of striking colors — meaning there’s a ZenFone for everyone.
ZenFone also introduces ZenUI, a sublime new user interface that’s exclusive to ASUS smart
devices. With simplified icons and menus, a selection of themes beautifully designed to match the
device colors and a clever What’s Next feature that helps users keep track of their lives, ZenUI is the irresistible front end of these irresistible new devices — and proof that fantastic functionality can have a friendly face.
ZenFone 4 — thin, light and powerful for energetic lifestyles
ZenFone 4 has a gorgeous 4-inch display and a powerful 1.2GHz Intel® Atom™ Z2520 processor
with Quad-Thread Hyper-Threading Technology — making this a smartphone that never leaves the
user waiting for a response.
With two built-in cameras — including a 5-megapixel main camera — for capturing great everyday photos and fun selfies, a slimline design with a low weight of just 115g and available in five vibrant colors — Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Sky Blue, Solar Yellow — ZenFone 4 is the great-value handset for young people who demand the perfect companion for their mobile lifestyles.
ZenFone — combines a spacious HD display with a highly portable design 5
ZenFone 5 has a spacious 5-inch IPS panel that delivers superb high-definition (HD) 1280 x 720-pixel
resolution — and in a stunning design that tapers to just 5.5mm at its thinnest edge.
Exclusive ASUS PenTouch and GloveTouch technologies increase ZenFone 5’s display sensitivity,
making it possible to use the device with any stylus or even a gloved hand — so frustrations about how and when users can interact become a thing of the past.
ZenFone 5 has a fast, energy-efficient Intel Atom Z2580 processor running at 2GHz and also benefits from a brilliant 8-megapixel PixelMaster main camera with image stabilization. This couples a
backside-illumination (BSI) sensor and wide-aperture f/2.0 lens with exclusive ASUS PixelMaster technology to capture digital photographs that more than match those snapped by many dedicated digital cameras. Its 2-megapixel front camera takes sharp selfies.
PixelMaster’s Low-Light Mode measures the available light and intelligently adjusts the pixel size to
increase light sensitivity by up to 400% — meaning ZenFone 5 snaps great low-lights shots and videos even without the built-in flash.
ZenFone 5 is available in four statement colors — Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, and
ZenFone 6 — perfectly blends productivity and entertainment on a beautiful 6-inch HD screen
ZenFone 6 also offers an HD display that measures a fantastic six inches across the diagonal —
allowing users to see much more of what they want. Like ZenFone 5, the brilliant ZenFone 6 display features GloveTouch and PenTouch technologies — so users can operate the device with gloved hands or any stylus. It also has a powerful Intel Atom Z2580 processor running at 2GHz.
ZenFone 6’s large screen is complemented by ASUS SonicMaster audio technology with virtual
surround sound via headphones for a truly immersive entertainment experience when watching
movies or playing games.
ZenFone 6 also includes a 13-megapixel main camera that similarly benefits from exclusive ASUS
PixelMaster technology, and a 2-megapixel front camera for selfies and high-resolution video calls
that look just great.
ZenFone 6 is available in the same four statement colors — Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red,
and Champagne Gold.
ZenUI, open messaging and enhanced ASUS apps for Android
ZenFone 4, 5 and 6 all feature the magnificent new user interface from ASUS — ZenUI. Exclusive to
ASUS smart devices, ZenUI has been meticulously designed to help users make the most of the
fantastic functionality that’s packed in to every ZenFone. ZenUI delivers a holistic user experience
with better functionality and great simplicity — meaning ZenFone knows what users need, helps to
express their thoughts and feelings and keeps them connected wherever they go.
ZenUI even includes free open messaging, powered by Omlet Chat on the Omlet Open Messaging
Platform. This brilliant messaging tool lets users share almost any kind of content easily with anyone,
on any phone — and all without racking up charges associated with sending traditional text (SMS)
and picture (MMS) messages.
ASUS has also added enhanced Android apps to every ZenFone devices, making life even simpler
for users. The ASUS-enhanced email app, for example, allows messages to be read by thread —
making it much easier to keep track of conversations. In the web browser, Smart Reader Mode
automatically adjusts the background tone to reduce eye-strain, while the Gallery app has an
enhanced online synchronization.