News by Luke Jones on Monday December 22, 2014.
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One of the surprise smartphone hits of 2014 has been the ZenFone range (ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, and ZenFone 6) by Asus. The Taiwanese company launched the affordable but quality handsets at CES at the start of the year and since then they have sold 8 million units worldwide. Asus will launch the sequels at the 2015 CES event in two weeks' time and plans to sell 15 million units in 2015. The company has issued the first glimpse of the new ZenFone with this teaser.The company posted the 10 second clip that does not give too much away, but does show the ZenFone silhouetted against the dark background and reveals that the device will ship with dual cameras. The duo cameras are a mystery so far, but it is likely they work like HTC's setup on the One M8, allowing depth focus to be changed. Here's what we know about the new device so far:
Asus is now preparing to revamp the ZenFone line for 2015, with the new handsets due to launch at CES in January. The company's CEO Jerry Shen has shed some light on the smartphones and revealed that the ZenFone range will now be split into two distinct types. As before, the new ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, and ZenFone 6 will land with Intel processors under the hood and will arrive at the Las Vegas trade show. However, Shen also confirmed that other ZenFone smartphones are landing in January and these will not be powered by Intel. These new devices will not be making their debut at CES, but will instead launch directly into the Chinese market, although the budget smartphones could go worldwide later. Shen said the new line of Intel powered devices will now come with LTE connectivity and will retail for prices starting at $300. You may know that the smaller ZenFone 4 is much more affordable than that, and it seems the new non-Intel powered handsets will fill this budget void. The Taiwanese company's CEO said the Chinese oriented devices will cost around $150, and speculation says they could be powered by MediaTek chipsets.
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