We’re still waiting for the ZenFone 2 to actually launch here in the U.S., but that didn’t stop ASUS from announcing two new variants for its flagship phone this week. Focus Taiwan reports that the company plans to sell versions of the device with Qualcomm and MediaTek processors alongside the original Intel-powered handset.
According to ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, the Intel-powered ZenFone 2 will still be the company’s flagship phone. Meanwhile, a cheaper model with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip could launch in the second quarter of 2015, while the MediaTek version is headed for India later this year. Shen added that 40-50 percent of the devices will likely pack Qualcomm processors, suggesting the company has high hopes for the cheaper smartphone.
The Intel Atom-powered ZenFone 2 comes equipped with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. It also offers the company’s own ZenUI packed with extra features and controls. It starts at just $199 off-contract, though it won’t be available in the U.S. until April.
As for these newly announced models, we’re hoping they’ll feature the same basic specs, though obviously with a different processor and a lower price tag. Then again earlier reports suggested ASUS could be planning a 5-inch ZenFone 2 as well, so maybe that’s what the company just announced.