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Asus ZenFone 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon & MediaTek variants could launch soon

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At CES this year, Asus announced the first smartphone in the world to come with 4GB RAM – ZenFone 2. Like most other ZenFone models, the ZenFone 2 is also powered by an Intel Atom processor. However, new reports coming out of Taiwan claim that Asus will be launching two variants of the ZenFone 2 soon, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon and MediaTek chipsets.

A report published on Focus Taiwan earlier today claims that Asus could soon announce two new variants of the ZenFone 2 powered by chips from Qualcomm and MediaTek by the middle of the year. Asus has big plans for 2015 and is looking at registering a significant growth in smartphone shipments. The report states Asus is looking forward to selling over 17 million units of smartphones this year.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon powered variant of the ZenFone 2 is expected to be priced lower than the Intel powered ZenFone 2. It is likely to be launched in markets where 4G connectivity is preferred by consumers. For markets such as India where consumers still mainly prefer 3G connectivity, Asus will launch a MediaTek powered variant. For the entire year, Asus reportedly plans to use the Qualcomm chipsets on 40-50 percent of its smartphone lineup while the rest of the 50 per cent will use Intel and MediaTek chipsets.

The ZenFone 2 comes with a 5.5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, between 2 and 4GB RAM, 16/32/64GB internal storage, 13megapixe rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and a 3,000mAh battery.

Source: Focus Taiwan

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