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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

CPUIntel Atom Z2560 ( 1.6 GHz )
Memory2 GB LPDDR2 RAM
Display5inches, HD 1280×720, IPS with Capacitive Multi touch panel
Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Supports GloveTouch input
CameraFront 2 Mega-Pixel, F2.0 Aperture
Rear 8 Mega-Pixel, Auto Focus, LED Flash, F2.0 Aperture
5 -element lens
Storage16GB eMMC Flash
5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage
ExternalMicroSD card (up to 64 GB)
Dimensions148.1 x 71.5 x 10.9 ~ 3.9 mm (LxWxH)
Weight155 g (with battery)
Battery2500 / mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable)
ColorCharcoal Black/Pearl White/Cherry Red
OSAndroid 5.0 (Lollipop)
Others4G LTE
SIMSingle SIM

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML specs

CPUIntel 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
Memory2GB/4GB LPDDR3 RAM
Display5.5inches, Full HD 1920×1080,IPS
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
CameraFront 5 Mega-Pixel, Fix Focus, Wide View, PixelMaster
Rear 13 Mega-Pixel, Auto Focus, PixelMaster
Storage16GB/32GB/64GB eMMC Flash
5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage
ExternalMicroSD card (up to 64 GB)
Dimensions77.2 x 152.5 x 3.9 ~ 10.9 mm (WxDxH)
Weight170 g
Battery3000 mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable)
ColorBlack/White/Red/Gray/Gold
OSAndroid 5.0 (Lollipop)
Others4G LTE
SIMDual Micro SIM card
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