Asus ZenFone 2 to Launch in 3 Variants in India

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Asus India late on Monday revealed that it will launch three variants of the ZenFone 2 in India this month. While the company hasn’t specified precisely which these variants are, Asus has since the CES 2015 launch of the ZenFone 2 has unveiled three variants – the Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML, Asus ZenFone 2 ZE550ML, and Asus ZenFone 2 ZE500CL – with the first featuring its own sub-variants.

The Taiwanese firm last month confirmed that the ZenFone 2 smartphone will be launching in India in April. The Taiwanese company however didn’t specify the variants that will be headed to the country; leaving room for speculation considering that the Asus ZenFone 2 has several variants, including one with a 5-inch display and a few with 5.5-inch displays, and with memory up to 4GB of RAM.

The company is yet to reveal an exact India launch date for the ZenFone 2 unveiling beyond the last week of April.

The Taiwanese handset maker launched the ZenFone 2 series in Taiwan last month, while it recently introduced the handsets to the European market. To recall, the top-end Asus ZenFone 2 model (ZE551ML) comes with 64GB of built-in storage and 4GB of RAM, which was recently revealed at a price of TWD 9,990 (roughly Rs. 19,900).

Other variants launched in Taiwan include the Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (4GB RAM, and 32GB storage) announced at TWD 8,990 (approximately Rs. 18,000); the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (2GB RAM) at TWD 6,990 (approximately Rs. 13,900); the Asus ZenFone 2 ZE550ML at TWD 5,990 (approximately Rs. 11,900), and the Asus ZenFone 2 ZE500CL priced at TWD 4,990 (approximately Rs. 9,900).

All variants of the Asus ZenFone 2 run the company’s new ZenUI based on Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop, and feature Intel Atom SoCs. The Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (4GB) features a 64-bit 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, while the 2GB of RAM model features a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560. The ZenFone 2 ZE550ML is also powered by the same Intel Atom Z3560 chipset. The basic ZenFone 2 ZE500CL model features a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor. All the versions support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 64GB).

The Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML features a 5.5-inch full-HD display in both the 2GB and 4GB RAM variants, while the Asus ZenFone 2 ZE550ML features a 5.5-inch HD display. The ZenFone 2 ZE500CL is the basic model of the series and features a 5-inch HD display – it also only supports single-SIM, unlike other variants in the ZenFone-series.

The Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (4GB and 2GB of RAM) and ZenFone 2 ZE550ML both sport 13-megapixel rear PixelMaster camera while there is a 5-megapixel front camera on board as well. Both the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML models feature dual-tone flash. The Zenfone 2 ZE500CL sports an 8-megapixel rear PixelMaster camera alongside a 2-megapixel camera.

Both the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML models and the ZenFone 2 ZE550ML are backed by a 3000mAh battery while the Zenfone 2 ZE500CL features a 2500mAh battery.

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