Home grown e-commerce website Flipkart has listed the new Asus Zenfone 2 variant on its site ahead of the official debut in India.
Flipkart has marked a dedicated web-page for the top-end Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) with 4GB RAM, hinting that the company might be the official online seller of Asus phone in India. It has also kicked-off the official countdown for the official launch, which is scheduled for 23 April in New Delhi.
Though Asus sells mid-range Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 series devices exclusively on Flipkart for online retailing purposes, there is no official word from the company whether it will continue to have the same arrangement with Flipkart for Zenfone 2.
Last month, Flipkart had teased Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, leading many to believe that Samsung might have tied up with the Indian e-commerce as exclusive online seller. Later it turned out that flagship smartphone series was available on other e-tail site as well.
The company is expected to reveal other details of Zenfone 2 such as price and actual release date of device on 23 April. We will bring you more updates as it develops.
We would like to remind our readers that Asus has confirmed the release of three Zenfone 2 series models: ZE551ML (with 2GB RAM), ZE550ML (with 5.5-inch HD), and also the 4GB RAM-based ZE551ML variant, the one listed by Flipkart.
For the uninitiated, Asus actually introduced five models of Zenfone 2 at CES (Consumers Electronics Show) 2015 in January. All the variants are currently sold in the company's home market Taiwan.
Among them, 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.
Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) also comes in a 2GB RAM/16GB memory model and 4GB RAM/32GB memory variants; the former model houses pretty much same specification seen 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 inside 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.
Finally, Zenfone 2 (ZE500CL) is low-end model among the lot. It 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 which can power the phone for close to 360 hours under standby mode.
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, dual-SIM slots (type: micro)||4G-LTE (Cat 4: 150/50 mbps), Wi-Fi (802.11ac), Bluetooth, dual-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||Red / gray / black / white / gold||White and black||Red, white and black|
|Price (In Taiwan New Dollars)||
||TWD 5,990 (around ₹11,900)||TWD 4,990 (around ₹9,930)|