When it first launched, the Asus ZenFone 2 was reported to sport an Intel chipset. However, Asus has recently enlisted Qualcomm and MediaTek in its list of suppliers, which means there will be more models of the ZenFone 2 that’s powered by these companies’ chipsets
According to Asustek CEO Jerry Shen, around 40 to 50 percent of all ZenFone 2 shipments will employ Qualcomm chips, whereas the remainder will be split by Intel and MediaTek. Whereas the phone variants powered by Intel are confirmed to use the Intel Atom Z3560 or Z3580 processor, Asus has yet to disclose which specific processors will be used in Qualcomm and MediaTek variants of the ZenFone 2.
However, Shen did confirm that the Qualcomm-powered ZenFone 2 has a lower price and is aimed at the mainstream market. The MediaTek model is set to launch in India and other markets where 4G LTE penetration is still low but 3G coverage is widespread.
Beginning with the original trio, the ZenFone smartphone series is known for sporting powerful spec without selling at expensive prices. The upcoming ZenFone 2 will have a base price of $199 (2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 5.5-inch 1080p display, Android Lollipop).
The Asus ZenFone 2 will first arrive in China, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan sometime in March. It will then ship Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and the US in April. Exact release date for the Philippine remains unknown.