ASUS will be putting more focus on smart phones this year with their new ZenFone line up. Now it appears that the 3 ASUS ZenFone models will be coming to Malaysia very soon with pricing ranging between RM299 and RM899. From the picture above, it looks like pre-orders have started at some dealers with stock availability targeted next month.
The top of the range ZenFone 6 is priced at RM899, offering a large 6″ display 720p HD display and runs on a 2GHz Dual-Core Intel Z2580 processor with 2GB of RAM. On-board it has 8GB of storage which can be expanded to microSD up to 64GB. Connectivity wise, it supports 3G HSPA+ up to 42Mbps with Dual-SIM slots. The ZenFone 6 should be able to provide an all day battery life as it comes with a rather decent 3,230mAh capacity battery coupled with Intel’s power efficient processors. For taking pictures, it comes with a 13MP PixelMaster camera with 5-elements lens while the front comes with a 2MP camera. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.3 but it will be upgradable to the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.
Next the smaller ZenFone 5 is priced at RM599 which comes with a more compact 5″ IPS HD 720p display. On the brochure above, the ZenFone 5 is listed to have a 1.6GHz Intel processor which is different from what we’ve seen earlier. It gets a smaller 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. Like the ZenFone 6, it also gets support for Dual-SIM cards. The main camera is a notch down with a 8MP shooter and it comes with a 2,050mAh battery which is now removable.
Meanwhile, the ZenFone 4 is their entry level offering with an affordable RM299 price tag. It comes with a 4″ WVGA display and runs on a lower Intel Atom 1.2GHz Z2520 dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. Like the other 2 models, The ZenFone 4 also comes with microSD expansion and dual-SIM slots. The battery on the ZenFone 4 is rather small with a mere 1,170mAh capacity unit. For taking pictures, it gets a 5MP camera at the back and a front facing 2MP unit.
Overall, these are rather low to mid spec Android smart phones targeting at the affordable smart phone segment. The ZenFone 6 looks rather enticing of having a large 6″ display and dual-SIM capability for less than RM1,000. You can click on the image above for a larger size. We will be heading to their regional launch event next month so stay tuned for our hands-on and first impressions with the ASUS ZenFone.
Thanks Joshua for the tip!