ASUS has been selling smartphones under the ZenFone 5 umbrella brand since the Android Jelly Bean days. Most of them used Intel Atom system-on-chips, but the company’s last couple of models shipped with Qualcomm chipsets. Now, with Mobile World Congress 2018 on the horizon, ASUS has been sending out press invites with the slogan “Back To 5”, coyly suggesting a new lineup of ZenFone 5 smartphones are on the way. And thanks to a few leaked images from a user manual, we have our first good look at one of the company’s upcoming flagships.
The ZenFone 5 series has historically been a mid-range offering. The ZenFone 5 (A500CG), which shipped with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, had a starting price of around 8202 Rs. (~$127), and the ZenFone 5 (A500KL), which shipped with Android 4.4. KitKat, was less than $200. There hasn’t been a ZenFone 5 phone since 2014, though, and this time around, Asus will reportedly launch three new phones in the series.
The ZenFone 5 phone revealed in the leaked manual, which bears the model number “ASUS X00PD”, has the series’ signature curves. The unibody design’s rounded corners and exposed antenna lines carry over to the back, where there appears to be a dual rear camera module and a fingerprint scanner.
The new ZenFone 5’s display has a 5.7-inch 18:9 aspect ratio, the corners of which are slightly curved, too. The bottom sports two cutouts for the speaker and the microphone, which flank a microUSB port, and on the top sits what looks to be a 3.5mm headphone port.
There’s some speculation that benchmarks for the ZenFone 5 were published on Geekbench earlier this year. If true, the upcoming X00PD will have a Qualcomm octa-core Snapdragon 430 system-on-chip clocked at 1.4GHz, at least 3GB of RAM, and will ship running Android 8.0 Oreo.
We’re expecting to learn more about the ASUS X00PD and the rest of the ZenFone 5 series ahead of MWC 2018.
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