Asus has unveiled a new range of Android smartphones at CES 2014 which they have branded the Asus ZenFone 6, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 4. The numbers as you may have guessed represent the screen sizes of the three smartphones.
The Asus ZenFones come with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a new proprietary user interface running on top called ZenUI. Asus confirmed that all ZenFones will be updated from Android 4.3 to 4.4 KitKat but did not say when.
Asus ZenFone 6 (above)
The largest of the three ZenFones has a 6" TFT display screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 HD IPS. The power comes from its Intel Atom Z2580 2.0 GHz processor and has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage.
The main snapper is a 13 megapixels f/2.0 PixelMaster camera with the secondary camera being 2 megapixels for video calling. The battery is a pretty impressive 3230mAh, non-removable polymer battery. Physically the ZenFone 6 is just 9.5mm thick and weighs 200 grams.
The Zenphone 6 comes in Black, White, Red and Gold. A full specification for the ZenFone 6 can be viewed below.
Asus ZenFone 5
Next comes the Asus ZenFone 5 and as you may expect it has a similar specification to the ZenFone 6. There are a number of differences as follows.
When compared to the six inch version, the ZenFone 5 weighs less at 144 grams but is thicker at 10.3mm. The display is the same resolution , albeit 1 inch smaller and the camera has been hit down from 13 megapixels to an 8 MP f/2.0 PixelMaster camera. The staying power is also reduced as the battery is reduced down from 3230mAh to 2050mAh. RAM has been reduced to 1GB from 2GB.
The Zenphone 5 comes in Black, White, Blue, Red and Gold.
Asus ZenFone 4 (below)
The ZenFone 4 has a less powerful processor in the form of the Intel Atom Z2520 (1.2 GHz), a smaller and lower quality 4" TFT 800 x 480 WVGA TN display screen, a 5 megapixel main camera and a smaller 1170mAh battery.
The ZenPhone 4 is 11.2mm thick but weighs less at 115grams. The Zenphone 4 comes in Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Sky Blue and Solar Yellow.
Price and availability
Asus did not release the launch or in store dates but did release pricing for the US.
The pricing (a direct dollars to pounds conversion) is :
Asus ZenFone 6 = £100
Asus ZenFone 5 = £80
Asus ZenFone 4 = £60
With the low pricing above and with the bright colour options available, 3G see the Zenphone as another good option for price conscious buyers to consider.
Asus ZenFone 6 Specification
|Processor||Intel Atom Z2580 ( 2.0 GHz )|
|Operating System||Android 4.3 ( will update to 4.4 KitKat ) with ASUS ZenUI|
|Storage / Memory||eMMC 8/16GB / Micro SD Card Support / LPDDR2 1/2GB RAM|
|Modem / Bands||GSM / GPRS / EDGE ; WCDMA / HSPA+
DC-HSPA+ ( DL / UL ): 42 / 5.76 Mbps
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 ; UMTS 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 ;
|WiFi / Bluetooth||Integrated 802.11 b/g/n ; WiFi-Direct
Bluetooth V 4.0 ( EDR + A2DP )
|Display||6" TFT LED Backlight / 1280 x 720 HD IPS
Supports glove & pencil touch input
|Main Camera||13 MP f/2.0 PixelMaster Camera|
|Front Camera||2 MP|
|Battery||12 Wh, 3230mAh, non-removable polymer battery|
|Ports||Headphone jack / Micro USB / Dual Micro SIM|
|Color||Black / White / Red / Gold|
|Dimension||166.9 ( L ) x 84.3 ( W ) x 5.5-9.9 ( H ) mm|
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