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Asus discreetly unwraps budget Android with 1,080p screen, 3 GB RAM

The Pegasus 2 Plus is in many ways similar to the Zenfone 2, only larger, more selfie proficient and powered by Qualcomm instead of Intel.

Asus Pegasus 2 Plus

Much like its predecessor, the Pegasus X002, the Pegasus 2 Plus X550 broke cover in front of a small crowd in Asia, suggesting humble regional goals. But the “mainstream” octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor that replaces the quad MediaTek MT6732 points in direction of a wider-scale rollout, presumably at a very competitive price point.

Don’t get us wrong, the mythically named 5.5-inch handheld is by no means low-end. It may actually run circles around most mid-range soldiers in Samsung, HTC or LG’s armies nowadays, with 3 gigs of RAM hands down the hardware highlight.

Ironically, the other remarkable Asus-made affordable flagship comes in 2 and 4 GB memory configurations, so basically, the Pegasus 2 Plus is their middle brother from another mother. With Full HD screen resolution also in tow, as well as the same 13 MP dual-LED camera as the Zenfone 2 and a superior 8 MP front-facing shooter.

Asus Pegasus 2 Plus back

Despite the hefty 0.5-inch display diagonal advantage, the new guy only betters Zenfone 2’s battery capacity by 30 mAh – 3,030 vs. 3,000. The bright side is a slimmer profile and overall more stylish exterior, the vertical bezels in particular impressing with their subtlety.

Clearly, you’re not looking at the kind of extreme affordability provided by the original Pegasus, i.e. $130 or so, but if the X550 spreads from China to the Western hemisphere, it should cost $300 tops. 32 GB internal storage space included, plus Android 5.1 Lollipop software, microSD support, dual SIM capabilities, and your choice of snazzy rose gold or silky white paint jobs.

No wonder the Taiwanese OEM feels so confident about its short-term sales achievements, sans help from a more established partner brand.

Sources: Fonearena, Mobile.163.com

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