Asus is updating its ZenFone line of smartphones with a new model featuring an optical zoom lens and another model that will be an affordable model with some premium features.
Meet the Asus ZenFone Zoom and ZenFone 2.
Asus ZenFone 2
The ZenFone 2 features a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display an Intel Atom Z3560 or Z3580 64-bit “Moorefield” processor, and up to 4GB of RAM. It supports 4G LTE, has a 13MP camera with zero shutter lag, and supports low-light and HDR photography as well as a 5MP front-facing camera.
The phone has a 3000mAh battery and fast-charge support which lets you charge the phone to 60 percent in less than 40 minutes.
Asus will ship the ZenFone 2 with Android 5.0 Lollipop and the latest version of its ZenUI user interface, along with support for ZenMotion touch gestures and a One Hand mode.
There’s also a “stealth account” feature for privacy.
The Zenphone 2 supports 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, and has a microSD card slot for up to 64GB of removable storage.
Asus says prices will start at $199 for a ZenFone 2 with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The company will also offer models with up to 64GB of storage and up to 4GB of RAM.
The ZenFone 2 should be available in the US in the second quarter of 2014, making it one of the first phones from Asus to get be released in the US.
Asus ZenFone Zoom
Asus describes this phone as the world’s thinnest to feature a 3X optical zoom lens.
It has a 13MP rear camera with a 10-element lens design featuring optical image stabilization (so your photos or videos won’t be too blurry if your hand shakes as you shoot), and optical zoom support for snapping photos of far-away objects without losing image quality.
The camera also has a laser auto-focus and a manual mode which lets you manually adjust ISO settings and shutter speed, among other things.
The ZenFone Zoom has a starting price of $399.