Asus announce the Intel Atom equipped Zenfone range


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.

Zenfone 6

The ZenFone 6 is the largest of the range at six inches and packs the biggest spec too.

- 6 inch HD 1280 x 720-pixel IPS display
- 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 CPU with Quad-Thread Hyper-Threading Technology
- Android 4.3 (will update to Android 4.4 KitKat)
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE; WCDMA/HSPA+
DC-HSPA+ (DL/UL): 42/5.76 Mbps
- Integrated 802.11b/g/n; Wi-Fi Direct
- 13-megapixel rear camera
- 2-megapixel front camera
- 1GB RAM
- 3230mAh battery
- Up to 64GB micro SD card
- Dimensions – 166.9 x 84.3 x 9.9-5.5mm
- Weight – 200g

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.

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Zenfone 5

The ZenFone 5 is basically just a smaller version of the ZenFone 6, for those that don’t want a huge phone.

- 5 inch HD 1280 x 720-pixel IPS display
- 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 CPU with Quad-Thread Hyper-Threading Technology
- Android 4.3 (will update to Android 4.4 KitKat)
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE; WCDMA/HSPA+
DC-HSPA+ (DL/UL): 42/5.76 Mbps
- Integrated 802.11b/g/n; Wi-Fi Direct
- 8-megapixel rear camera
- 2-megapixel front camera
- 1GB RAM
- 2050mAh battery
- Up to 64GB micro SD card
- Dimensions – 148.2 x 72.8 x 10.3-5.5mm
- Weight – 140g

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.

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Zenfone 4

The ZenFone 4 is the smallest of the range and also it has the lowest spec.

- 4 inch WVGA 800 x 480-pixel display
- 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2520 CPU with Quad-Thread Hyper-Threading Technology
- Android 4.3 (will update to Android 4.4 KitKat)
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE; WCDMA/HSPA+
DC-HSPA+ (DL/UL): 42/5.76 Mbps
- Integrated 802.11b/g/n; Wi-Fi Direct
- 5-megapixel rear camera
- 0.3-megapixel front camera
- 1GB RAM
- 1170mAh battery
- Up to 64GB micro SD card
- Dimensions – 124.4 x 61.4 x 11.2-6.3mm
- Weight – 115g

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.

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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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