CES 2014: Asus launches Zenfones, Padfone mini and Padfone X

At its CES press conference, Asus today unleashed a range of affordable smartphones in multiple display sizes in its new Zenfone series like it had teased earlier. The phones come in 4, 5 and 6-inch display sizes and start from $99 and go up to $199. Apart from the Zenfone, Asus also launched two new devices in its unique Padfone range – the Padfone Mini and the Padfone X.

Starting with the Zenfone 4 (pictured above), it is priced at $99 and features a 4-inch WVGA TFT display. It runs on Intel’s Atom Z2520 processor clocked at 1.2GHz along with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage that can be extended with a microSD card slot. It also features a 5-megapixel camera and a 1,170mAh battery. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth 4.0. It comes with dual micro-SIM card slots.

Then comes the Zenfone 5, which features Intel’s Atom Z2580 processor clocked at 2GHz with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. Like the name suggests, it has a 5-inch display with 720p resolution. With this phone, Asus is introducing what it calls a PixelMaster camera, which registers up to 400 percent brighter photos and videos in low-light conditions by reducing the resolution. The Zenfone 5 has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing camera for selfies. It has a 2,050mAh battery. It is priced at $149.

The last in the Zenfone series is the Zenfone 6, which sports a 6-inch 720p display and runs on the same Intel Atom Z2580 processor clocked at 2GHz. It will come in 8GB and 16GB variants with 1GB or 2GB of RAM. The Zenfone  has a 13-megapixel f/2.0 PixelMaster rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. It comes with a 3,230mAh battery.

All the phones run on Android 4.3 but Asus says they will be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. They come with Asus’s own ZenUI skin which borrows elements from iOS 7 and Windows Phone 8.

The Padfone Mini brings the same smartphone-turns-into-tablet concept but in a smaller form-factor. Now it is a 4-inch smartphone that converts into a 7-inch tablet making it slightly more portable. It runs on Intel Atom Z2560 processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It too features the same 8-megapixel PixelMaster camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera like the ZenFone 5. The phone has a 1,170mAh battery while the tablet dock has an additional 2,100mAh battery. It is priced at $249.

And finally we have the PadFone X, the greatest of them all in the range. It runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset and features a 5-inch full HD display on the phone and a 9-inch full HD display on the tablet. The tablet has dual front speakers. Rest of the details are a little scarce at the moment.