The latest flagship phone of ASUS, the ZenFone 2 has recently arrived in Europe. The Taiwanese manufacturer is so proud of the smartphone and the ZenWatch that it made fun of Apple in an infographic poster. Soon after the ZenFone 2 prices were announced in Taiwan, a slew of ZenFone 2 accessories were revealed. This time, the Android smartphone is almost ready for its April 21 launch in Malaysia.
ASUS has started to invite the Malaysian press for a special event where three variants of the ZenFone 2 will debut. This will follow the ZenFone C earlier launched for the Malaysian market. The phone may be the company’s current major headliner but it still is considered a budget phone.
Here’s a rundown of the ZenFone 2 variants for Malaysia:
• ZenFone 2 ZE500CL. 5-inch 720p display, 2GB RAM, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 mobile SoC, 16GB internal storage, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and a 2,500 mAh battery.
• ZenFone 2 ZE550ML. 5.5-inch 720p display, 2GB RAM, 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 mobile SoC, 16GB built-in storage, 13MP camera with dual-LED flash, 5MP front camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
• ZenFone 2 ZE551ML. 5.5-INCH 1080p display, 4GB RAM, 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 SoC, and NFC capability.
Also arriving in Malaysia is the new PadFone S Plus complete with a smartphone and tablet dock. This Android phone that converts into a tablet is the latest addition to the Padfone family. It boasts of a faster processor, bigger storage, and more RAM than its predecessor. Again, this ‘Plus’ version is expected to be more powerful with higher specs than the PadFone S which is actually the PadFone X for the rest of the world.
The $300 ASUS PadFone S Plus comes equipped with the following: a 5-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, 3GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 64GB built-in storage, microSD card slot for memory expansion, 13MP rear camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, 2300 mAH battery, and Qi wireless charging support. Phone is IPX 2 water resistant.
You can use the phone with a Padfone Station tablet dock which is sold separately with a $165 price tag. It features an 8.9-inch display and a powerful 4990 mAh battery. You can also use any Bluetooth keyboard accessory with the tablet dock.