At an investor conference in Taipei, Asus CEO, Jerry Shen has revealed that the company is planning to launch Zenfone 2 lineup sometime in January next year. This second generation zenfone smartphones will have chips supplied from another chip supplier along with the Intel’s chips which were used in first generation smartphones. These new smartphones would be announced at Consumer Electronincs Show, 2015 in US.
According to the statement made by CEO, most of these smartphones would house intel made chips with the price tag starting from NT$9,990 (US$327). Apart from the intel chips, there would be few more zenfone devices that will have chips from different vendors. Company has not revealed who would be the second chip supplier but the Qualcomm and MediaTek are two definite candidates. What company has said is the price tag with which these new zenfone devices would come up with. The phones powered by second chip supplier will have the price starting from NT$4,990 ($163). If this is true, the only chip maker that I can think of is MediaTek as they have been producing chips at much lower prices.
Off course the specifications of these new smartphones are unclear at the moment but what we can certainly expect is the better performance than the old generation devices.
The old generation Zenfone series smartphones were released in 14 markets and company is planning to release the next generation zenfone smartphones in 20 markets.
Something about Zenfone Series
Earlier this year, Asus introduced bunch of Zenfone series smartphones in Indian market with attractive pricing. The smooth android experience along with the catchy pricing were the reasons behind huge success of the smartphones that were released under this series. Right now, there are total of four smartphones that are being sold under Zenfone series. The Asus Zenfone 4 is the cheapest zenfone series smartphone with the price tag of Rs 5899. What is more interesting is the hardware specification. This device has got 5 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM, 4 inch capacitive display with 10 finger touch panel and excellent battery life. The Asus Zenfone 5 has been released in two variants; one being the 8GB model while the other being 16 GB model. It houses 2 GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera, 5 inch HD display and intelligent Intel processor with hyper threading capabilities.
Asus Zenfone 6 is the ultimate series smartphone with the price tag of Rs 16,999. The 6inch display has got corning gorilla glass 3 protection. The camera has also been upgraded to 13 megapixel while most of the other specs are somewhat similar to Zenfone 5.
These smartphones are still available on Flipkart and you can buy them off right now as they might go out of the market in coming 2-3 months.