Asus has officially launched the Zenfone series of Android smartphones in South East Asia. Asus had introduced these devices in the CES 2014. There are three devices in this series, each of which follows the denomination that has the display size of the phone.
So, Asus Zenfone 4 is a 4 inch device, Zenfone 5 has 5 inch display and the Zenfone 6 is a 6 inch device. All these phones runs Android OS version 4.3 Jelly Bean which is upgradeable to Kitkat. So the company will roll out OTA updates for these devices in future. All these phones have customized Zen UI skin on top of the Android. Intel processors powers each of these devices. The familiarities probably ends here. So, let’s take a look at the individual specifications of these devices.
Asus Zenfone 4
As we mentioned above Asus Zenfone 4 is a device with 4-inch display. The display offers 800 x 480 pixel WVGA resolution and ~233 ppi pixel density.
The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor with Quad-Thread Hyper-Threading Technology paired with 1 GB of RAM. Intel Z2520 is the chipset used. The device comes with 4 GB of internal storage and there is microSD card for further expansion of memory. The device supports microSD cards up to 64 GB.
All the regular connectivity options like WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB port are present in the phone. Besides there is 2G and 3G network connectivity options.
The battery is of 1170 mAh capacity. It is lithium polymer battery which is non removable. The camera uses a technology different from what we have seen. The rear camera comes with pixel master technology and has got a 5 MP sensor. In the front there is VGA camera.
Asus Zenfone 4 is available in 4 color options — Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Sky Blue and Solar Yellow. The price of the phone is likely to be around Rs.7,000 in India.
Asus Zenfone 5
Asus Zenfone 5 is slightly bigger device with 5 inch display that offers 720p HD resolution. The display offers 16 M colors and 294 ppi pixel density. On the top is a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect the device from accidental scratches.
Zenfone 5 is powered by a 1.6 GHz dual core Intel atom processor along with 1 GB of RAM. The phone offers 8 GB of internal storage and microSD card storage of up to 64 GB.
The rear camera comes with 8 MP sensor, while in the front is a 2 MP shooter. The camera features includes LED flash, auto focus. The rear camera works on PixelMaster technology and has f/2.0 aperture lens.
The battery is of 2110mAH capacity and it is a lithium polymer battery which is non removable. The over all dimensions of the device ranges between 148.2 x 72.8 x 5.5-10.3 and it weighs 145 g.
The connectivity options in Zenfone 5 includes WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB and GPS. 3G and 2G are the network connectivity options.
Asus zenfone is likely to carry a price tag of around Rs.13,000 in India. This will be placed in segment that has phones like motoG and Xolo Q1010 to compete. The phone comes in 4 color variants — Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, and Champagne Gold.
Asus Zenfone 6
Asus Zenfone 6 comes with a 6 inch wide display that offers 720 p HD resolution and ~245 ppi pixel density. The display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Zenfone 6 is powered by a dual core Intel processor clocked at 2 GHz along with 1 GB of RAM. Intel Atom Z2580 is the chipset used. The internal storage memory is 8GB, which can be expanded further up to 64 GB using a microSD card.
The rear camera comes with a 13 MP sensor while in the front is a basic 2 MP camera. It is a PixelMaster camera with f/2.0 aperture lens. The camera comes with low lighting modes for extra good shots under low light conditions.
Rest of the features and specifications are similar to that of the Zenfone 5. This phone is expected to be priced around Rs. 17,000 in India. It comes in Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Champagne Gold and Twilight Purple color options.
Listed below are the key specifications of each of these devices. Please note that the price quoted below are expected prices and may change.
|Phone||Asus Zenfone 4||Asus Zenfone 5||Asus Zenfone 6|
|Price||Rs. 7,000||Rs. 13,000||Rs. 17,000|
|Display||4 Inch IPS LED 800x480p||5 Inch IPS LED, 720p, Corning Gorilla Glass 3||6 Inch IPS LED 720p, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|CPU||1.2 GHz Dual-core||1.6 GHz Dual-core||2 GHz Dual-core|
|Chipset||Intel Atom Z2520||Intel Atom Z2560||Intel Atom Z2580|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX544MP2||PowerVR SGX544MP2||PowerVR SGX544MP2|
|OS||Android 4.3 Jelly bean Upgradeable to Kitkat||Android 4.3 Jelly bean Upgradeable to Kitkat||Android 4.3 Jelly bean Upgradeable to Kitkat|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB|
|ROM||4 GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|Connectivity||2G, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB||2G, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB||2G, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB|
|Camera-rear||5 MP, PixelMaster Camera||8MP, PixelMaster Camera, f/2.0||8MP, PixelMaster Camera, f/2.0|
|Camera-front||VGA||2 MP||2 MP|
|Battery||1,170 mAh LI-polymer, non-removable||2,110 mAh LI-polymer, non-removable||3,300 mAh LI-polymer, non-removable|