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Will Zenfone Mini sparks off the affordable smartphone segment?

Asus could be working on a compact version of its flagship ZenFone series phones.

Asus would like to grow its smartphone market in 2021. Asus is rumor to work on a compact version of ZenFone flagship smartphone series. The company plans to launch a high-end ZenFone Mini gaming phone (possibly the ZenFone 8 Mini). The announcement arrives on top of what is likely to be a slowdown in 2020 in the company’s mobile business.

Asus supposedly works on a compact version of the ZenFone series of mobile phone, based on a study from DigiTimes. However, No technical spec is out yet. Also, we have no idea about when can we see and feel the smartphone.

Asus Zenfone: Representational Image
Asus Zenfone: Representational Image

According to reports, There are high chances of seeing a compact Snapdragon 888 Asus smartphone. The report states that ZenFone Mini, which will have premium specs in one compact form factor, will be ASUS’ key focus this year. It’ll be fascinating to see when will Asus’ ZenFone Mini be ready.

The Asus 6z was the last ZenFone model in India in 2019. The ROG Phone series is the only series from Asus currently available in India. Also Read: Black Shark 4 spotted on Google Play Console with key specs

Asus ZenFone Mini: Maximized Specs

Asus will take a range of directions with the ZenFone Mini. It could follow iPhone 12 mini, recreates a compact phone with the Snapdragon 888 SoC. Asus may also choose to follow a different path with less capable specifications and take cost-cutting steps to meet very low prices.

We don’t know currently what the next flagship of ZenFone might bring. If Asus chooses to maintain its Flip Camera configuration or to follow a simplified phone like all other phones remains to be seen. Obviously, the ZenFone Mini would then have a conventional camera setup extracted probably from aging ROG Phone 3.

Asus could use the Snapdragon 870 chipset (just like other manufacturers) to keep the costs relatively low. With the exception of boosted performance core the Snapdragon 870 delivers comparable performance to last year the Snapdragon 865 processor. It may sound weak, but there is nothing that can match Snapdragon 865 in the world of Android.

The ZenFone Mini could come out as a mini powerhouse at cheaper prices, similar to the iPhone SE 2020. To keep prices down, Asus could even opt for an LCD display in it’s Zenfone Mini series. The device could also packs in a 5000mAh battery. It could come with same 64-MP Sony camera sensor from the current ROG Phone 3 and ZenFone 7 Pro.

Asus ROG Phone 5: Speculations

DigiTimes report also states that ASUS will launch ROG Phone 5 in this spring. The device could launch in the month of March. According to reports, The ROG Phone 5 will feature a Snapdragon 888 processor. DigiTimes insists that premium specs phone will come at premium price; it states that ROG Phone 5 will be more expensive than its predecessor.

The ROG Phone 5 can also feature a dot matrix on the back for Aura Lighting. You need to take it with a pinch of salt as it is too early to believe in such speculations. Also Read: Google working on anti-tracking privacy feature for Android, like Apple

Written by Pulkit Sharma

I love working on WordPress, Web Designer from past 7+ years working mainly on mobile & web apps. Always keen to be part of interesting projects.

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