CES 2015: Asus Zenfone 2 and Zenfone Zoom officially unveiled

By Kul Bhushan | Published on 06 Jan 2015
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Asus has unveiled its Zenfone 2 featuring a 4GB RAM and 64-bit quad-core SoC. It also surprised us with a camera-centric device – Zenfone Zoom featuring 10-element lenses for 3X Optical Zoom.

CES 2015: Asus Zenfone 2 and Zenfone Zoom officially unveiled

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Asus kicked off its CES 2015 campaign with the announcement its latest smartphones -- Zenfone 2 and Zenfone Zoom. While the Zenfone 2 succeeds the Zenfone 4, 5, 6 series, the Zenfone Zoom is a camera-centric device, which is being touted as 'world's thinnest 3X optical zoom smartphone'.

The Zenfone 2 brings new design featuring a curved case and slim edge. The smartphone has a  5.5-inch Full HD IPS display with 403ppi pixel density, 72% screen-to-body ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The display has a 3.3 mm bezel.

For performance, Asus has added 2.3 GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor Z3580 and 4GB of RAM. The phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with an updated version of ASUS ZenUI software layer.

In the camera department, Zenfone 2 features a 13MP 'pixelmaster' camera with an f/2.0 aparture lens and a 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle (85-degree) lens. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC. The smartphone is powered by a 3000mAh battery.

It's notable the 2GB RAM version of the Zenfone 2 is priced at $200. There's no word on the pricing of the 4GB RAM variant.

Also read: Asus ZenFone 5 Review and Asus ZenFone 6 Review

The Zenfone Zoom features 5.5-inch full HD display with 403ppi IPS display and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The smartphone features 10-element lenses for 3X Optical Zoom. Asus says the Zenfone Zoom is world's slimmest 3X optical smartphone offering up to 12X zoom-in effect. The Zenfone Zoom comes supports 128GB of storage.

Check out the full specifications of the Zenfone Zoom and Zenfone 2 in the tables below:

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 Pano Selfie
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

 

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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