Asus announces ZenFone 4,5 and 6: Intel-powered budget handsets

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 6, 2014


At their press conference a bit earlier today, Asus officially announced a trio of low-cost Android handsets under the ZenFone name: the ZenFone 4, 5 and 6.

As you may have guessed, the number refers to the device’s screen size. The new handsets have slightly varying specs but they do have one thing in common, they all run on Android with a new custom skin that Asus is calling Zen UI.

Without further ado, let’s jump in and take a look at Asus’ new budget devices:


Asus Zenfone 4

The Zenfone 4 features a 4-inch TN TFT display with an 800 x 480 resolution. Powering the device is a dual-core 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2520 with 1GB of RAM. Other specs include a 5MP shooter, dual-SIM support, 3G with HSPA+, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, 4GB storage, microSD and a removable 1170 mAh battery.

The Zenfone 4 isn’t exactly a powerhouse, but it’s still not half-bad when you consider that the price tag is only $99 outright.


Asus Zenfone 5

Next up, we have the Zenfone 5, which features a much more impressive (relatively) 5-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 720p. Once again there is an Intel processor, though this time we get a 2GHz Intel Atom Z2680 dual-core GPU with 1GB RAM.

Other specs include an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture, dual-SIM, 3G with HSPA+, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, 4GB storage with microSD and a 2050 mAh battery (non-removable). The handset measures in at 148.2 x 72.8 x 10.3mm and weighs 140g.

The specs with the Zenfone 5 are considerably better than the 4-inch model, though the storage space is still rather disappointing. On the bright side, the phone does have a capacitive sensor that allows it to be used with gloves, or even lets it use a regular pen as a stylus.

The ZenFone 5 is priced at $149 and comes in red, black, white, blue and gold. The handset still isn’t quite as impressive as the Moto G but we have to admit it’s at least somewhat close to being in the same league (almost…).


Asus Zenfone 6

The largest member of the family, this 6-inch super-sized phone essentially has the same specs as the 5-inch model, though it is available in both 1GB and 2GB RAM variants. There are also storage options of 8 or 16GB. All variants have a microSD slot.

The other change from the Zenfone 5 is that this more premium model has a 13MP camera with f/2.0 and a bigger 3240 mAh battery. The rest of the connectivity options are still the same, as is the ability to use a pen as a stylus or to wear gloves during use.

The ZenFone 6 is priced beginning at $199 and will be offered in black, red, white and gold.

Wrap Up

None of these handsets quite manage to compete with Motorola’s own budget handset, but they certainly help prove that 2014 could finally be the year of semi-decently spec’d low-cost Android smartphones.

So when are they coming? Unfortunately, Asus has yet to set a release date target. For now all we know is that we should expect them sometime this year, hopefully sooner rather than later.

  • AndroidBoss

    Dat storage…

  • AndroidBoss

    Are those the prices unlocked?
    That would be sweet.

    • Andrew Grush

      They aren’t carrier locked or on contract, if that’s what you mean. :)

      • AndroidBoss

        Yeah exactly thanks.

  • Deo Reyes

    IF those prices are unlocked, that is hella cheap. Not a steal, but great price for its specs.

  • Guest123

    The intel chip, from what I read, is something like 933MHz for the ZenFone 6. . . the higher clock speeds they advertise are the turbo boost speeds.

    I like the design of the devices, though not thrilled with Intel inside and no LTE and will most likely only have HSPA+ on ATT and refarmed 1900MHz on T-mo :(

    Though for the price, direct competition to the Moto G. . . but no word on release date.

    • Jayfeather787

      933 MHz is garbage.

  • Cal Rankin

    Not bad. Good quality for cheap handsets.

    • gilts

      I like the lockscreen of Zen UI.

  • Jayfeather787

    Dev support!!

  • MadCowOnAStick

    wow how did you people even guess it right… like this was predicted when Asus made that trailer for CES raining colorful balls… just because they said 4, 5, 6

  • harsh

    writing mistake…
    not quite impressive as moto g not moto x.

    and how long will the 1170 mah battery it a nokia or something :P

    • Andrew Grush

      Yup, meant to say Moto G. Fixed. :)

  • mmmmmbop

    I’m pretty impressed, but I can’t help but think how much better those would be if they spent another $10 to get something like a tegra 4 and 2 GB of RAM. I would gladly buy the Zen 6 if it didn’t have an old intel atom in it and was only $210.

  • Luka Mlinar

    I’m sorry, did you just compere a 150$ phone with a 630$ one? I got the feeling for some time that AA was using every opportunity to promote the moto X but this is stupid.

    • Andrew Grush

      Hey Luka.. yah — between all the writing, press conference watching, etc… my brain apparently became very confused… meant to say MOTO G, not Moto X. lol, thanks for the catch. :)

  • AJ

    720p on a 6-inch screen? Why not 1080p?! WTF!

  • Viswanathan

    Any news on its release dates?

  • Lazada

    which is better, Zenfone 5 1.6 ghz or 2.0 ghz (Taiwan version) in terms of gaming and battery.. thank you :D

  • Eddy

    As with any 6-inch phone, the Asus Zenfone 6 comes into some slight handling problems thanks to its size. We imagine many of you would be better off with a Zenfone 5. However, if it’s priced right in the UK this will be easily the cheapest 6-inch phone from a known brand.