Along with Motorola and Xiaomi, Asus has taken the Indian smartphone market by storm by launching a series of affordable yet high performing series of smartphones, under the ZenFone range. The Taiwanese major will be finally bringing the 4.5-inch variant of the budget ZenFone 4 model to India, and it will be available for pre-order on Flipkart for Rs.6,999 (~$115), starting midnight of Sunday, August 24th.
The Zenfone 4 – A450CG sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480 x 854 pixels) IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla 3, an 8 MegaPixel camera, 1750mAh battery and Android KitKat 4.4, all of which betters the existing Asus ZenFone 4 A400CG model.
The phone carries the same 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor with 1GB Ram and 8GB of internal storage, with a microSD slot capable of extending storage up to 64 GB. As we found out in our Asus ZenFone 5 review, the Zen UI which is the skin on top of Android 4.4 Kitkat is very well made and adds a stack of useful features without slowing down the experience.
Although the company announced both the 4-inch and 4.5-inch models of the Zenfone 4, the A450CG variant wasn’t available for purchase till now. The Zenfone 4 A450CG will be taking on the hugely popular Moto E and Redmi 1S, with similar prices. For the uninitiated, the 4-inch version is being sold for Rs.5,999 exclusively on Flipkart, but then, it carries slightly inferior specs as explained above.
Xiaomi will be launching the RedMi 1S around same time, and has launch event scheduled for August 25th in Bangalore. So is it a co-incidence that Asus will be opening pre-orders on the midnight of August 24th? Well, our guess is as good as yours.