Asus announces the Zenfone 2 and Zenfone Zoom at CES 2015
The Zenfone 2
The Asus Zenfone 2 is boasting a 5.5″ display with thin bezels, dual-SIM/dual-active connectivity with LTE and finally, a 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 chipset with the world’s first 4GB RAM in a mobile phone.
The Zenfone 2 has a curved back with a brushed metal finish and it tapers towards the edges to form an outer edge of only 3.9mm.
The 5.5-inch IPS screen on the Zenfone 2 has a 1080p resolution, which works to a pixel density of 403ppi. A bezel of only 3.3mm makes for an immersive experience, while Gorilla Glass 3 layer makes sure it’s kept as safe as possible.
The Zenfone 2 has a 13MP f/2.0 camera with HDR and Manual mode, as well as a True Tone flash for flash photos with more accurate colors and skin tones. The 5MP front camera has a 85-degree field of view and can capture Selfie Panoramas with a 140-degree field of view.
The smartphone has a 3,000mAh battery and with fast charging technology it should recharge up to 60% of its capacity in 39 minutes.
The Zenfone Zoom
The Asus Zenfone Zoom is built around a quite similar 5.5-inch 1080p screen and 13MP camera. However its main perk is the 3x optical zoom lens, which also has optical image stabilization.
Save for the zoom lens, the Zenfone Zoom has the same guts as the Zenfone 2. At 11.95mm, it is however, “the thinnest smartphone with a 3x optical zoom lens yet”. Indeed, the similar Samsung Galaxy K zoom is 16.6mm in thickness.
The Zenfone Zoom is equipped with a True Tone LED flash and laser focus, similarly to the focus system used on the LG G3. There is at least one press image that has the words “xenon flashlight” written below the lens, but the demo unit presented behind glass at CES doesn’t have that and we didn’t spot a xenon flash either.
The camera sensor behind the 3x zoom lens is again a 13MP one (like the Zenfone 2), but the lens has a variable aperture ranging from f/2.7 to f/4.8. Again, there is a wrong f/2.0 aperture written around the camera lens on the press image.