At the ZenFestival today in New Delhi, India, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih showed off a raft of new ZenFone 2 smartphones.
With the new releases including the ZenFone 2 Deluxe, the ZenFone 2 Laser and the ZenFone Selfie, ASUS customers have plenty of options. All of the Zenfone 2 models run the most up to date version of the ZenUI, ASUS’s own Android-based operating system.
ZenFone 2 Deluxe
With a striking crystal-inspired finish, the ZenFone 2 Deluxe has screen space to spare. The 5.5 inch HD display will show off every detail of the photos and videos taken with the 13 megapixel rear camera, and the front-facing 5 mp camera will hold up nicely to selfies and Skype. With 4G connectivity, it’ll be easy to send files to friends and family.
The computing power is also up to the mark, with a 64-bit, 2.3GHz Intel® Atom¢ processor and 4GB memory. No mention has been made yet of how much hard drive space it’ll have, but if it keeps pace with the rest of the specifications, it’s sure to be impressive.
The ZenFone 2 Deluxe also boasts the ability to speed-charge your battery, getting it to 60% in 39 minutes with its BoostMaster technology. For those who forget to charge their phones overnight, it’s a welcome addition.
ZenFone 2 Laser
The Laser’s updates are primarily in the 13 megapixel camera. Auto-focus laser technology gives users clear photos in only 0.3 seconds with no shutter lag, while the wide-angle f/2.0 lens captures more in every photo.
The ZenFone 2 Laser comes in 5-inch, 5.5-inch, and 6.0-inch versions, all in full HD. The highest-spec model operates from an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm® Snapdragon¢ processor with 3GB of high-speed memory.
With a variety of pale pastel colour options, the Selfie boasts twin 13 megapixel cameras for front and back. The Laser’s auto-focus is also installed in this model, meaning far less squinting at the phone when taking the selfies it’s named for, and dual-colour, dual-LED flashes provide depth in any kind of lighting. The front camera is also wide-angle, with a f/2.2-aperture, 88-degree lens. Selfie Panorama mode even allows panoramic selfies – the better to fit all your friends in.
The Selfie’s more than effective 5.5 inch high definition screen displays exactly how those selfies came out – and with the camera tech packed into it, it’s unlikely that many re-takes will be needed. You can even add effects to your photos with something that ASUS call ‘live digital cosmetics’.
Close-ups are no problem through the rear camera, either, with its wide-aperture lens capable of taking shots in dim conditions.
No prices have yet been announced outside India, but with smartphones like these, many may be wondering when the rest of the world will see them.