ASUS have announced the ZenFone 2, a new addition to the line ASUS introduced last year, designed as an affordable, yet powerful, piece of consumer electronics.
Measuring in at a mere 3.9mm thick, the new model features a 5.5-inch 1080p touch screen with Gorilla Glass 3 and an IPS display, and comes with dual-sim capacity, to allow two active phone lines on a single device. The device uses ASUS’s ZenUI, a customized version of Android 5.0, that provides an original look and brings several new features from ASUS to the device, such as environment switching and touch gestures, in addition to the latest updates included in Google’s Android Lollipop.
The ZenFone 2 boasts a 3,000mAh fast-charge battery, toted as being able charge to 60% in less than forty minutes. The handset features a generous 13 megapixel f/2.0 camera on the rear able to capture sharp, high-quality images and a Real Tone Flash to ensure accurate colors and warm skin tones, with a 5 megapixel camera on the front for social and video messaging.
The handset is available as both a base model and an advanced version. The base model come with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of storage and a 1.8GHz Intel processor, and is set to retail at $199 contract free. The advanced model uses a 2.3GHz Intel processor, has 64 GB of internal storage, and squeezes in 4 GB of RAM, the most seen in a phone to date. Pricing has yet to be announced for the advanced handset, but will likely be confirmed before its release in the 2nd quarter of 2015 alongside the base model.
You can read more about the ZenFone 2’s features in the press release here.