Asus’ Pegasus X002 is the 64-bit MediaTek ZenFone we’ve all been longing for

While the teasers online from Asus have kept us fairly busy and excited about CES 2015, the company has revealed its Pegasus X002 smartphone to add to the anticipation. The handset has made its debut in China and it’s already up for preorder carrying some pretty interesting features and a budget price tag.

The Asus Pegasus X002 will most likely be part of the ZenFone 2 lineup and it’s the same device which got leaked online earlier this month. The handset does look much better compared to what we seen in the previous images and it’s pretty much similar to the current phones.

Asus Pegasus X002

The rear panel offers a smooth finish while the lower front has the company’s signature spun design. The handset will most likely be the successor to the popular ZenFone 5 as it tags along similar features. The display which is 5 inches wide offers 720p HD visuals. The front has a 5MP selfie shooter and the company notes that the 8MP rear snapper is capable of 30MP high resolution images by merging multiple renders into a single picture.

Also read: Asus begins teasing new ZenFone, destined for CES 2015 launch

GizmoChina has revealed that the device is dual SIM enabled and supports 4G TD-LTE networks. There’s also a 1.5GHz quad core 64-bit MediaTek processor and a 2500mAh battery onboard. Great as the features employed here are, the Intel powered models are expected to offer more oomph and slightly better hardware.

Roundup of the key Asus Pegasus X002 specifications:

– OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
– Display: 5-inch 720p HD IPS panel
– Chipset: 1.5GHz quad core MediaTek (64-bit Cortex A53)
– Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (expandable)
– Connectivity: Dual SIM, GSM, HSPA, TD-CDMA, TD-LTE
– Battery: 2500mAh
– Camera: 8MP rear, 5MP front

Asus Smartphone Hands-on

The Asus Pegasus X002 has a price tag of 799 Yuan making it a very attractive release and also huge trouble for devices from other Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi, Lenovo, Xiaomi and Vivo amongst others. The handset comes in a range of colors including white, gold, black and red.