The CES 2015 is just a couple of months away and Asus has already confirmed that it plans to launch a new series of ZenFone handset at the expo. The Taiwanese OEM has also revealed that it has partnered with Intel once again, to power up the second generation smartphone lineup.
However, it won’t solely rely on the said chip maker for its silicon needs. According to Focus Taiwan, the company’s CEO Jerry Shen revealed at an investor conference that Asus will partner with a second SOC supplier to keep up with its shipping target and also to produce cheaper models of the ZenFone 2 series.
Smartphones coming with the Intel processors will be priced at US$327 and above, while the ones with the chips from the second supplier will cost as low as $162. Asus hasn’t revealed the name of the other partner, but it’ll most likely turn out to be MediaTek considering the low retail tag.
Nevertheless, we might also see low-end Qualcomm processors onboard, considering that the OEM has partnered with the chip maker for LTE variants of its device in its current ZenFone lineup. What were sure of for now is that the Intel-powered phones will feature either dual core Merrifield or quad core Moorefield Atom processors with PowerVR Series 6 graphics.
These smartphones will also have 4G LTE support onboard and they’re most likely to run on Android 4.4.4 KitKat instead of version 5.0 Lollipop. The company plans to launch multiple variants of the series first in China on carriers China Mobile and China Telecom.
The Asus ZenFone 2 lineup is confirmed for reveal at the CES 2015 which is less than two months away.