Asus is continuously expanding its Zenfone line into different variant and even market segments some of which are dedicated to a specific purpose and that’s what the company is doing next for its Zenfone 2 series of devices. Just a while ago, Asus announced the Zenfone 2 Selfie and as the name suggests, it’s primarily for the selfie-centric market but today, Asus also introduced more new Zenfone 2 variants that incorporates the best features of the Selfie variant with other notable features that makes a specific Zenfone 2 device unique.
Below are the newly announced Zenfone 2 devices:
Zenfone 2 Deluxe
Model ZE551ML, The Zenfone 2 Deluxe features a multifaceted polygonal designed back cover showing more than 500 polygons joining together to form a “Crystal Miracle” as Asus puts it, it also reflects the Zenfone 2 ergonomic arc design which by any circumstances a truely head turner.
Spec-wise, the Zenfone 2 Deluxe features s 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display and is powered by either an Intel Atom 64-bit Z3560 or Z3580 processor running at 2.3 GHz. Both variant will include 4 GB of RAM and a much improved 64 GB or the large 128 GB of internal storage. Not only that, the handset also supports microSD cards of up to 128 GB giving users an overall 256 GB of internal storage for all their multimedia collections and other files.
The handset also sport the new standard of Zenfone camera specs and that includes the 13 Megapixel shooter on the back and the more favorable 5 Megapixel camera on the front, both are supported by Asus imaging software that comes with imaging features and controls for your camera needs but the ability to shoot in Super HDR mode. Video recording isn’t detailed in the specs but we believe it could take 1080p and perhaps 4K videos quite easily.
Other features the Zenfone 2 Deluxe will include are the fast 4G/LTE wireless connection with Dual SIM capabilities. It also comes with a set of standard connectivity options including a fast Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB 2.0. Keeping the pace is the 3000 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery and features Asus BoostMaster fast-charging technology which could juice-up the device up to 60% in just 39 minutes. Like all of the other Zenfone handsets, the Zenfone 2 Deluxe runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with the latest ZenUI on top.
Zenfone 2 Laser
Smartphone won’t be shooting destructive lasers anytime soon but what lasers can do with these devices is practically assist the camera to focus on object while taking a picture. Laser technology is a smart addition to any camera-equipped device and one of those is the new Zenfone 2 Laser. As the name suggests, the Zenfone 2 Laser comes with a laser-aided auto focus which promises 0.3 seconds to lock into focus on a certain object when taking photos. This gives the 13 Megapixel camera the edge over other non-laser focusing camera devices. The front camera is also given a boost from what what known to be a 2.1 Megapixel sensor from the earlier Zenfone 2 models to a 5 Megapixel one, this also gives a significant upgrade from the previous generation. Unfortunately the front camera doesn’t have an autofocus feature which means, focusing is going to be a hit and miss thing.
The handset will be available in a number of variants in selected markets but for its entirety, the Zenfone 2 Laser will be available in 3 different models with different screen sizes to start with. These three variants would include the base model ZE500KL with 2 GB of RAM and 5-inch 720p display. There’s also the 5.5-inch variant with model number ZE550KL and their top of the line variant ZE601KL with 6-inch display and having a 1920 x 1080-pixel Full HD resolution. These variants will come with Gorilla Glass 4 protective layer for better viewing experience.
The new Zenfone 2 Laser It will be powered by Qualcomm’s new 64-bit Snapdragon 410 SoC with 3 GB of RAM on-board except for the base model having 2 GB of RAM and there’s a choice of either 8 GB or 16 GB of expandable storage. The handset runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with Asus latest ZenUI on top. It supports dual-SIM capabilities with 4G/LTE support and there’s and option for either 2040 mAh or a 2070 mAh battery to keep the device awake. The difference in battery capacities might depend on which market the handset is release but we’ll know more on that when the handset becomes available in our local market.
Zenfone 2 Selfie
Just announced last month, this variant of the Zenfone 2 family comes with a specific purpose targeted to a specific customers. As the name suggests, the new Zenfone 2 Selfie is designed for the selfie-centric individuals. It combines the best camera configuration that Asus can offer for a perfect self-portrait. Both the back and front cameras are equipped with a 13 Megapixel sensor with 5-element lens and a dual real-tone LED flash on each modules. Additionally, the main camera features an 140-degrees wide-angle lens and is equipped with Laser Auto-Focus for fast tracking and lock object into focus in just 0.3-second at most. The front shooter has an 88-degrees wide-angle lens for more enhanced selfies.
Hardware specs includes a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC accompanied by either 2 GB or the better 3 GB of RAM. Users are also given a choice of either 16 GB / 32 GB of expandable storage with up to 128 microSD card support. The handset comes dual SIM slots with 4G/LTE wireless connection support. Other connectivity options includes high-speed Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 2.0 interface.
Like all other Zenfone devices, the Zenfone 2 Selfie will rely on the new Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system with Asus ZenUI on top. The 3000 mAh built-in battery is said to keep the handset running throughout the day.
Zenfone 2 Max
To everyone’s surprise during Asus event in India, the company announced their first handset with a massive battery pack of 5000 mAh of power, it’s so large for the handset that Asus enables the Zenfone 2 Max to become a powerbank to recharge other devices. Together with the newly announced handsets, the Zenfone 2 Max also comes with a 13 Megapixel main camera accompanied and a laser Auto-Focus with Dual two-tone LED flash, On the front is a 5 Megapixel front-facing camera sitting right above the 5.5-inch display that it has.
But internally, the new Zenfone 2 Max is equipped with basic specs which might pin down the handset between the entry-level and mid-range segment. But wherever this handset is gonna land, it will surely favor those users which requires more battery life over performance. Asus is still isn’t so open about the new handset but as a primary teasers, the Zenfone 2 Max will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC with 2 GB of RAM. Though Asus kept other details so far, but they said that the handset would become available in selected markets starting this October.