Asus has reportedly launched a new smartphone, the ZenFone C, in Malaysia. No official announcement has been made by the company as yet, and availability details are not known either.
The ZenFone C may represent the first of the series that replaces the existing ZenFone 4 lineup in the future. It is worth noting that the specifications of the newly announced Asus ZenFone C ZC451CG are similar to that of the ZenFone 4 A450CG but with minor upgrades.
The dual-SIM Asus ZenFone C ZC451CG runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS with Zen UI out-of-the-box with no word on the smartphone's Android 5.0 Lollipop update. It features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480x854) IPS display. The smartphone is powered by the same 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology (2 cores, 4 threads, 1MB cache) and 1GB of RAM as seen in ZenFone 4 A450CG. It also includes a 5-megapixel 'PixelMaster' rear autofocus camera with flash and f/2.0 lens, apart from a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.8 lens, according to the specifications sheet shared on Twitter by the SoyaCincau blog (via Android Headlines).
It also shares the same inbuilt storage specification of 8GB, which is expandable via a microSD card (up to 64GB). Other specifications of the Asus ZenFone C ZC451CG include 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, Glonass, and Micro-USB connectivity options. The smartphone however differs from the ZenFone 4 when it comes to battery. As compared to the ZenFone 4 A450CG's 1600mAh battery, the new ZenFone C sports a better 2100mAh battery. The smartphone is said to be available in Black, White and Red colour variants.
Measuring 136.5x67x10.9mm and weighing 149 grams, the ZenFone C ZC451CG is said to be priced at MYR 349 (roughly Rs. 6,000). The availability details of the handset outside Malaysia are not yet known.