ASUS ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, ZenFone 6 Bring Intel Power to Cheap Android Smartphones

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When ASUS showed off the T100 Transformer Book at IDF a few months ago, attendees were suitably impressed at the manufacturer’s ability to offer a compelling experience for such an affordably low price.

It looks like the company is trying to do it again, this time in the Android smartphone market. Interestingly, it’s once again partly due to Intel’s low-power Atom chipsets. All three phones come with dual-core Intel processors, with the ZenFone 4 snagging an Atom Z2520, and the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 shipping with the more-powerful Z2580.


ASUS ZenFone 2013 Specifications


ASUS ZenFone 4ZenFone 4:

  • 4-inch display
  • 800×480 resolution
  • Dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 @ 1.2GHz
  • Android 4.3 (promised update to Android 4.4 KitKat)
  • AT&T-, T-Mobile-compatible GSM (no LTE, no AWS)
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1170mAh battery
  • Available in Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Sky Blue, Solar Yellow

ASUS ZenFone 5


ZenFone 5:

  • 5-inch display
  • 1280×720 resolution
  • Dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 @ 2GHz
  • Android 4.3 (promised update to Android 4.4 KitKat)
  • AT&T-, T-Mobile-compatible GSM (no LTE, no AWS)
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 2050mAh battery
  • Available in Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Champagne Gold
  • Can use with gloves or “any” stylus

ASUS ZenFone 6


ZenFone 6:

  • 6-inch display
  • 1280×720 resolution
  • Dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 @ 2GHz
  • Android 4.3 (promised update to Android 4.4 KitKat)
  • AT&T-, T-Mobile-compatible GSM (no LTE, no AWS)
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 3230mAh battery
  • Available in Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Champagne Gold
  • Can use with gloves or “any” stylus

You might be thinking that these three phones aren’t quite on the cutting edge (though some feature a few pretty nice specs, such as the ZenFone 6’s 13MP camera, which features a backside-illuminated Sony sensor), and you’d be right. ASUS realizes this, however, and has priced all three models accordingly. 

The ZenFone 4 will be shipping for just $100, the ZenFone 5 will retail for $150, and the ZenFone 6 is targeting $200 – and all three of these are off-contact. You’ll be able to order one, pop in your SIM, and go to town without needing to extend your cellular contract.

There aren’t any current plans to officially bring the ZenFones to the United States via official carrier partnerships; given the devices’ extremely affordable cost, however, importing them shouldn’t pose too much difficulty. 

Both the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 seem compelling – but here in the U.S. and Canada, Motorola’s Moto X is likely a stronger purchase.

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