ASUS Zenfone 2 and Zenfone Zoom announced at the CES 2015

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Looks like ASUS is doing a good job behind their doors closed. This year’s CES, the Taiwanese multinational has announced multiple tech products. While in the category of smartphones, ASUS introduced an affordable Zenfone 2 and a camera centric Zenfone Zoom for doubled the price.

Both the phones are packed with similar hardware components inside, while being the camera smartphone Zenfone Zoom features additionally the 3x Optical Zoom with the Optical Image Stabilization.

It’s worth mentioning as the company sold 1,500,000 units of Zenfone per month in the fourth quarter of 2014 and collected good reviews.

ASUS Zenfone 2 Specifications

The Zenfone 2 features a 5.5 inch full HD IPS display, 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera with ASUS’s PixelMaster technology, a 64-bit Quad Core Z3560 (1.8GHz) / Z3580 (2.33GHz) Intel Atom processor with 2GB/4GB RAM and 4G/LTE connectivity.

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See full specifications of ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML)

Processor 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560/Z3580 Quad Core Processor (Running at 1.8/2.3GHz) PowerVR Series 6 – G6430, with OpenGL 3.0 support
Operating System Brand-new ASUS ZenUI with Android 5.0 Lollipop
Memory LPDDR3 2GB/4GB RAM/Micro SD card support, up to 64GB
Storage 16GB/32GB/64GB ROM ASUS WebStorage 5GB (lifetime)
Display 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 403ppi IPS display/400nits brightness/ Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
PixelMaster Cameras Front: 5MP, f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle (85-degree) lens with Selfie Panorama
Rear: 13MP, f/2.0-aperture, 5-element, auto-focus lens with dual-color Real Tone flash
PixelMaster features: Low Light mode / Backlight (HDR) mode / Enhanced Beautification mode / Manual mode / Zero shutter lag
Network LTE speed: Category 4 maximum: 150Mbit/s / DL: 50Mbit/s
4G band: FDD LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/17/18/19/20/28/29
TDD LTE: 38/39/40/41(Network support varies by country)
Battery 3000mAh lithium-polymer, Fast-charging technology
Sensor Accelerometer, proximity, ambient-light, gyroscopic, digital compass and Hall-effect sensors
Navigation GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS
Wireless 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Ports 3.5mm audio jack, dual micro-SIM, micro USB (support OTG)
Color Glacier Gray / Osmium Black / Glamour Red / Ceramic White / Sheer Gold
Dimensions 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 ~ 3.9 mm
Weight 170g
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With all those features above the Asus Zenfone 2 is seriously an affordable smartphone costing only $199 (PKR ~20,000/-) before taxes. Also note that this is the starting price of Zenfone 2 variant having 2GB RAM, 16GB storage. It will be available in March 2015

ASUS Zenfone Zoom

The Zenfone Zoom is similar to the Zenfone 2 at most of its elements featuring the same 5.5 inch full HD display. It comes in 16, 32 and 64GB of storage options as well as additionally a 128GB storage variant will be available in select regions. A quad-core 2.3GHz processor and 2GB/3GB RAM options.

11.95 mm thin, the Zenfone Zoom is said to be the world’s thinnest smartphone which features a 3x optical zoom lens on a 13MP. Zenfone Zoom’s rear camera features a 10-element lens design with up to a 12x digital zoom. To impress with a smartphone camera, the Zenfone Zoom’s camera also has an optical image stabilizer (OIS). It also features a laser auto-focus for quick capture.

To our interests, Zenfone Zoom’s camera comes with the manual modes to allow manual control of ISO settings, shutter speed and more.

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See full specifications Zenfone Zoom (ZX550)

Operating System Brand-new ASUS ZenUI with Android 5.0 Lollipop
Storage Up to 128GB ROM*, ASUS WebStorage 5GB (lifetime)
Display 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 403ppi
IPS display/400nits brightness/ Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
PixelMaster Cameras Front: 5MP, f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle (88-degree) lens with Selfie Panorama
Rear: 13MP, f/2.7- to 4.8-aperture, 10-element lenses with 3X optical zoom, optical image stabilization (OIS), laser auto-focus and dual-color Real Tone flash
PixelMaster features: Low Light mode / Backlight (HDR) mode / Enhanced Beautification mode / Manual mode / Zero shutter lag
Network LTE speed: Category 4 maximum: 150Mbit/s / DL: 50Mbit/s
4G band: FDD LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/17/18/19/20/28/29
TDD LTE: 38/39/40/41(Network support varies by country)
Battery 3000mAh lithium-polymer
Sensor Accelerometer, proximity, ambient-light, gyroscopic, digital compass and Hall-effect sensors
Navigation GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS
Wireless 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0
Ports 3.5mm audio jack , micro USB (support OTG), dual micro SIM
Color Meteorite black /Glacier white
Dimensions 158.9 x 78.84 x 11.95 mm
Weight 185g
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The Asus Zenfone Zoom will come in Meteorite black and Glacier white colors. It will cost $399 (PKR ~40,000/-) before taxes and will be available from Q2 2015.

 

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