After years of bringing you the horror/glory that is the PadFone and FonePad, Asus is branching out on its
phone fone offerings and introducing not one, not two, but three flavours of "ZenFone," Android handsets with ultrabook lineage.
The three new flavours of phone come in four, five, and six inch sizes, rather unsurprisingly, and rep Android with a layer of Asus's new "Zen UI" slathered on top. You know, an Android skin. All of these buggers are colourful, and the 4 line almost recalls some sort of pastel Nokia. Kind of.
But perhaps the most noteworthy characteristic is on the inside: these are all Intel phones. The 4s runs a 1.2GHz Intel Atom z2520, and the 5s and 6s pack a 2GHz Atom Z2580. That might matter to a lot of users, it's one more beachhead where Intel is pushing—hard—into Android land. And according to Asus, those Intel brains afford a lot of bonus power
Of course that doesn't mean an end to Asus's PadFone aspirations. No no no no. Not at all! Asus has also announced the PadFone Mini, which pushes the tried and true crazy form-factor to its cognitive limits. It's a four inch smartphone that snaps into a seven inch tablet instead of a 10 incher like the bizarre PadFone X. Better or worse? It's hard to tell.
There are no words on UK availability just yet, but the ZenFones 4, 5, and 6 will all be available in the US at prices of $100 (£61), $150 (391), and $200 (£122) respectively. The PadFone Mini will be available for $250 (about £151). All presumably oncontract.