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Asus ZenFone Android Smartphones Powered by Intel Atom CPU to Sell for as Low as $99

Last year, Lenovo sold Android smartphones based on Intel Atom SoC but sales numbers turned out to be disappointing. This year, Asus announced 3 smartphones powered by Intel Atom Z2520 and Z2580 SoC at CES 2014, with screen sizes ranging from 4″ to 6″, and much more aggressive pricing, as the 4″ version will sell for $99, the 5″ version for $149, and the 6″ version for $199.

Asus_ZenFoneAsus ZenFone 4/5/6 Specifications:

  • SoC
    • ZenFone 4 – 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2520 CPU with Quad-Thread Hyper-Threading Technology
    • ZenFone 5/6 – 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 CPU with Quad-Thread Hyper-Threading Technology
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8 or 16 GB NAND Flash + micro SD card slot (Up to 64GB )
  • Display
    • ZenFone 4 – 4″ WVGA 800 x 480-pixel TFT display
    • ZenFone 5 – 5″ HD 1280 x 720-pixel IPS display
    • ZenFone 6 – 6″ HD 1280 x 720-pixel IPS display
  • Camera
    • ZenFone 4 – 5 MP rear camera, 0.3 MP front camera
    • ZenFone 5 – 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
    • ZenFone 6 – 13 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • Connectivity – Integrated 802.11b/g/n; Wi-Fi Direct
  • Cellular Networking – GSM/GPRS/EDGE; WCDMA/HSPA+, DC-HSPA+ (DL/UL): 42/5.76 Mbps
  • Battery
    • ZenFone 4 – 1170 mAh
    • ZenFone 5 – 2050 mAh
    • ZenFone 6 – 3230 mAh
  • Dimensions / Weight
    • ZenFone 4 – 124.4 x 61.4 x 11.2-6.3mm / 115g
    • ZenFone 5 – 148.2 x 72.8 x 10.3-5.5mm / 144g
    • ZenFone 6 – 166.9 x 84.3 x 9.9-5.5mm / 200g

ZenFone 6 will also feature GloveTouch and PenTouch technologies so users can operate the device with gloved hands or any stylus, as well as the company SonicMaster audio technology and PixelMaster technology for the camera. Asus ZenFones will initially support Android 4.3 with ZenUI, and be upgraded to Android 4.4.

The phone will be available at the end of Q1 2014 in Asia, and most probably on Aliexpress, and other Chinese retailers. We’ll see how Intel based smartphones will fare this year in terms of performance, app compatibility, and sales. At least the Asus phones are priced to sell, and they’d better sell well, as according to rumours, 2014 could be a make or break year for Intel, as the company may simply stop investing in R&D for mobile SoCs in 2015 if they can’t improve sales.

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  1. eebrah
    January 28th, 2014 at 22:32 | #1

    Wow! at that price, they are competitive with the chinese “white box” phones using MTK processors! while having some better features [ camera, storage ].

    I hope they make these available world wide and that these prices are not contract prices

  2. January 29th, 2014 at 00:23 | #2

    Without 2 gb of ram they won’t sell anything.

  3. mary
    January 29th, 2014 at 01:04 | #3

    in my limited world view there is ARM and then there is x86. but no one bothers to tell me what this processor is.
    or what i really want to know can you get a real linux to run on it.?

  4. onebir
    January 29th, 2014 at 01:18 | #4

    @mary
    Same goes for me really! Also I wonder how these chips compare to current (& planned) ARM incarnations for processing power etc :)

  5. bohocmasni
    January 29th, 2014 at 01:51 | #5

    @mary
    “in my limited world view there is ARM and then there is x86. but no one bothers to tell me what this processor is.”

    x86

    “or what i really want to know can you get a real linux to run on it.?”

    linux runs evreywhere

  6. onebir
    January 29th, 2014 at 02:20 | #6

    Also any news about a Zen-Padfone?

  7. Marius
    January 29th, 2014 at 02:52 | #7

    Mary: Linux should run fine on it but you need to be able to boot a new kernel probably and here it matters whether the bootloader is locked or not.
    The real issue here will be getting the 2D and 3G acceleration working as these chips have PowerVR graphics as far as I can tell and Intel & PowerVR do a bad job at supporting Linux on these.
    I’ll wait a bit longer till we get Intel phone SOCs with Intel GPUs that work nicely with Intel open source drivers.

  8. January 29th, 2014 at 11:04 | #8

    @eebrah
    These are the “unlocked” prices.

    @Ovi
    With Android 4.4, I’m not sure 2GB RAM is that important since they’ve optimized the OS. We’ll see.

    @onebir
    @bohocmasni
    Other have already answered, but Intel only does x86 processors. You may have read about Intel + ARM, but it’s only for manufacturing for another company.

    I’ve seen benchmarks showing Intel Z2580 in Lenovo K900 is a quite bit slower than the Exynos 5410 Octa SoC used in Galaxy S4. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Intel-Atom-Z2580-AnTuTu-score-drops-20-after-revision-to-site_id45271#2-

  9. ockhams barber
    January 29th, 2014 at 14:01 | #9

    bohocmasni :
    @mary
    “in my limited world view there is ARM and then there is x86. but no one bothers to tell me what this processor is.”
    x86
    “or what i really want to know can you get a real linux to run on it.?”
    linux runs evreywhere

    @bohocmasni
    >> linux runs evreywhere

    Not everywhere — still don’t have it running on my Radioshack TRS 80 L1 4K but nearly everywhere

  10. Someone from the other side
    January 29th, 2014 at 16:14 | #10

    I wish they had added a HDMI port. Would make for a nice media player that way

  11. newmiracle
    January 30th, 2014 at 05:09 | #11

    $99? For that price and included features, it could count as one of the most competitive x86 dev boards out there right now.

    Please let there be an unlocked bootloader…

  12. mary
    May 7th, 2014 at 21:10 | #12

    alright they are out any links to getting non android linux running on it?

  13. mary
  14. May 8th, 2014 at 18:27 | #14

    @mary
    Hmmm 2990 Baht (About $92), even cheaper than the price they officially announced.

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