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ASUS Philippines to launch ZenFone 2 ZE500CL, ZE551ML this May

We just got a word from an ASUS Philippines representative that indeed only the ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE500CL and ZE551ML will be released next month.
There are three variants of the Zenfone 2 – the ZE500CL, ZE550ML and the ZE551ML and ASUS Philippines will be skipping the release of the ZE550ML in the country.

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The Zenfone 2 ZE500CL has a 5-inch HD display, 1.6 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM while the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML has a 5.5-inch Full HD display and multiple configurations of 1.8GHz/2.3GHz processor, 2GB/4GB RAM and 16/32/64GB storage. ASUS Philippines has not yet disclosed whether they’re releasing all 16, 32 and 64GB models though. The ZE500CL is also Single-SIM while the ZE551ML has Dual-SIM capability.

The ZE550ML comes with a 5.5-inch HD display, 1.8GHz processor and 2GB RAM, almost equal to the lowest ZE551ML configuration except for the lower (HD) resolution and absence of NFC. Makes sense why ASUS Philippines has decided to sideline this model IMO.

No words on the exact release date and pricing yet. Yugatech has published their estimated SRP, putting the ZenFone 2 ZE551M Dual SIM at around Php 10K and the ZE500CL Single SIM at around Php 8K but we’re guessing it will be higher than that. We’ll keep you posted once we get additional details on the ZenFone 2.  Meanwhile, here are the specs of the ASUS ZE500CL and ZE551ML variants.

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE500CL specs

CPU Intel Atom Z2560 ( 1.6 GHz )
Memory 2 GB LPDDR2 RAM
Display 5inches, HD 1280×720, IPS with Capacitive Multi touch panel
Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Supports GloveTouch input
Camera Front 2 Mega-Pixel, F2.0 Aperture
Rear 8 Mega-Pixel, Auto Focus, LED Flash, F2.0 Aperture
5 -element lens
Storage 16GB eMMC Flash
5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage
External MicroSD card (up to 64 GB)
Dimensions 148.1 x 71.5 x 10.9 ~ 3.9 mm (LxWxH)
Weight 155 g (with battery)
Battery 2500 / mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable)
Color Charcoal Black/Pearl White/Cherry Red
OS Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Others 4G LTE
SIM Single SIM

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML specs

CPU Intel Atom Quad Core Z3580 (2.3GHz), PowerVR G6430, with OpenGL 3.0 support
Intel Atom Quad Core Z3560 (1.8GHz), PowerVR G6430, with OpenGL 3.0 support
Memory 2GB/4GB LPDDR3 RAM
Display 5.5inches, Full HD 1920×1080,IPS
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Camera Front 5 Mega-Pixel, Fix Focus, Wide View, PixelMaster
Rear 13 Mega-Pixel, Auto Focus, PixelMaster
Storage 16GB/32GB/64GB eMMC Flash
5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage
External MicroSD card (up to 64 GB)
Dimensions 77.2 x 152.5 x 3.9 ~ 10.9 mm (WxDxH)
Weight 170 g
Battery 3000 mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable)
Color Black/White/Red/Gray/Gold
OS Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Others 4G LTE
SIM Dual Micro SIM card
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