The Asus Zenfone 4 family is just starting to make its way to the US, but it looks like Asus is already working on new phones… at least for the Chinese market.
An unannounced Asus X018DC smartphone showed up at China’s TENAA website recently, and it looks like the first phone from Asus to feature a display with an 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio. But this isn’t a high-end phone designed to rival the Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG V30. The specs paint a picture of a mid-range device.
The Asus X018DC features a 5.7 inch, 1440 x 720 pixel display, a 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, and a 4,030 mAh battery.
There’s a dual camera system on the back of the phone consisting of 16MP and 8MP cameras, along with an 8MP front-facing camera. The phone also has a fingerprint sensor on the back.
Asus will offer two memory and storage options:
- 3GB of RAM and 32GB of torage
- 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage
The X018DC will be available in pink or gold.
There’s no word on if or when this phone will be available outside of China or how much it will cost. But the relatively low-resolution display suggests it’ll be relatively affordable.
I think mid-range is a stretch…
Still quite a thin phone. If they can fit a 4,030 mAh battery in a phone this thickness, make it 50% thicker and maybe double the size of the battery?
4030 mAh is already a goodly-sized battery. My Redmi Note 3 (Snapdragon 650) has a 4000 mAh battery, is almost 2 years old, and I usually get 2-3 days of normal use. I can imagine that a newer, more energy-efficient midrange processor would probably make the battery last even longer.
Right. Not saying 4030 is bad. Probably twice the size of my biggest phone battery already. Just saying, I wouldn’t mind a 50% larger phone to get even more battery. I’m talking maybe 3-4 mm increase in thickness at most.
I’m suggesting that the current trend of thin phones is keeping them from doing this. My first cell phone was a Motorola StarTac with a NiMH battery back (external). The standard battery pack alone was thicker than this entire phone and I didn’t find it to be too big. I also added an optional extra large battery pack for that phone which was huge and heavy.
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