Taiwanese top PC maker Asus finally launched the much-awaited flagship smartphone Zenfone 2 in India on 23 April.
"We are incredibly excited to bring ZenFone 2 to consumers in India," said Jerry Shen, Asus CEO (Global).
"ASUS believes that the best technology should be used by a mass audience, and we have drawn on our core competence to deliver beautiful design and unprecedented performance in an empowering luxury for everyone to enjoy. Since its launch last year, ZenFone has been beloved by consumers and has won 238 awards worldwide," He added.
The company has confirmed to release four Asus Zenfone 2 variants: ZE551ML (4GB RAM/64GB memory), ZE551ML (4GB RAM/32GB memory), ZE551ML (2GB RAM/16GB memory), and ZE550ML in India.
Asus Zenfone 2 series model details:
For the uninitiated, Zenfone 2 comes in five variants and all are currently being sold in Asus' home market, Taiwan.
Among the five variants, ZE551ML series is the top-end model. It boasts of 5.5-inch full HD display and runs on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, powered by 64-bit class based 2.3GHz Intel Atom processor Z3580 with PowerVR G6430 graphics engine, 4GB RAM and 16GB/32GB/64GB inbuilt memory, and a 3000 mAh battery.
We would like to remind that Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) comes in a 2GB RAM/16GB memory model and 4GB RAM/32GB memory variants; the former model houses almost the same specification as in the above variant, except the processor type. It houses a 1.8GHz Quad Core Intel Atom Z3560 with PowerVR G6430 GPU.
The latter model (4GB/32GB storage) comes with features seen in the first ZE551ML.
On the other hand, cheaper Zenfone 2 (ZE550ML) sports 5.5-inch HD screen and ships with 1.8GHz Intel Atom Quad Core Z3560 (1.8GHz) with PowerVR G6430 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory and a 3000 mAh battery.
Zenfone 2 (ZE500CL) is the low-end model of the lot and features a smaller 5.0-inch HD display. Under the hood, it comes packed with 2GB RAM, 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor and a 2500 mAh battery that can run the phone for close to 360 hours under standby mode.
[Note: The cheapest of the Zenfone 2 models- ZE500CL is expected to be released later in the year]
Asus Zenfone 2 India price and release details:
The company has confirmed the new Zenfone 2 series models, ZE551ML (4GB RAM/64GB memory), ZE551ML (4GB RAM/32GB memory), ZE551ML (2GB RAM/16GB memory), and ZE550ML, will be priced at ₹22,999, ₹19,999, ₹14,999, and ₹12,999, respectively.
Prospective buyers can pre-order these Zenfone 2 models starting 23 April on Flipkart (HERE) and at exclusive Asus stores across India. All models are expected to hit stores in two weeks time.
Beside the new Zenfone 2 smartphones, the company also launched five accessories namely: View Flip Cover Deluxe (₹1599), ZenEar (₹599), ZenPower (₹1499), Lolliflash (₹799) and Zenflash (₹1599).
Here is the official Asus video, detailing the Zenfone 2 features:
Key specifications of Asus ZenFone 2 variants:
|Model||Asus ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML)||Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE550ML)||Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE500CL)|
||5.5-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS screen||5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS screen|
|OS||Android 5.0 Lollipop OS with custom Zen UI||Android 5.0 Lollipop OS with custom Zen UI||Android 5.0 Lollipop OS with custom Zen UI|
||1.8GHz Intel® Atom ™ Quad Core Z3560 (1.8GHz) with PowerVR G6430 GPU||1.6GHz Intel® Atom ™ Z2560|
|RAM||4GB/2GB||2GB LPDDR3||2GB LPDDR2|
|Storage||16GB/32GB/64GB (+ 64GB via microSD card)||16GB, expandable up to 64GB||16GB, expandable up to 64GB|
|Battery||3000 mAh;Comes with fast-charge technology where-in phone can get re-charged close to 60-percent battery capacity within 39 minutes||3000 mAh;Comes with fast-charge technology where-in phone can get re-charged close to 60-percent battery capacity within 39 minutes||2500 mAh;
|Network & Connectivity||4G-LTE (Cat 4: 150/50 mbps), Wi-Fi (802.11ac), Bluetooth, DSDA (Dual SIM Dual Active) SIM slots (type: micro)||4G-LTE (Cat 4: 150/50 mbps), Wi-Fi (802.11ac), Bluetooth, DSDA (Dual SIM Dual Active) SIM slots (type: micro)||Single-SIM slot, 2G/3G/LTE(CAT3) 4G: 700/900/1800, GPS/GLONASS,|
|Dimensions||152.5 x 77.2 x 3.9 ~ 10.9 mm||152.5 x 77.2 x 3.9 ~ 10.9 mm||148.1 x 71.5 x 10.9 ~ 3.9 mm|
|Weight||170 g||170 g||155 g|
|Colours||Glacier Gray / Osmium Black / Glamour Red / Ceramic White / Sheer Gold||Osmium Black, Glamour Red, Ceramic White||Red, white and black|
||₹12,999/-||TWD 4,990 (around ₹9,930) in Taiwan|