ASUS fans in Malaysia, rejoice! Their latest ZenFone 2 flagship has been released in Malaysia! From the flagship, 5 variants will be available for sale in Malaysia. It was launched in the Incredible ZenDay Event, and fans could purchase the phones right on the spot. All five models were available for sale, but of course the quantity and the colors available was limited.
Here’s the list of devices and their brief specifications, along with its retail price.
- ZE500CL (5″ HD, 1.6GHz Z2560, 2GB RAM, 8GB ROM) – RM599
- ZE550ML (5.5″ HD, 1.8GHz Z3560, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM) – RM749
- ZE551ML (5.5″ FHD, 1.8GHz Z3560, 2GB RAM, 32GB ROM) – RM899
- ZE551ML (5.5″ FHD, 2.3GHz Z3580, 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM) – RM1,099
- ZE551ML (5.5″ FHD, 2.3GHz Z3580, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM) – RM1,299
Apparently, Malaysia got a lower spec version for the entry-level variant with smaller screen as well (5” display). Malaysia’s lower spec version also runs with an older processor, the Intel Atom Z2560 processor. The price range is similar to those of ZenFone 5, which is RM599. The mid-range ones such as ZE551ML with 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3560is similar to Indonesia’s specs. One thing differs is that we have a bigger capacity option for the generous price of RM899.
ASUS is the first smartphone maker that offers 4GB RAM to smart phones. They are also priced lower as compared to other mid-range smart phones in the market.
During the Incredible ZenDay event, ASUS Malaysia also announced that their devices will be also offered by Digi, which are contract based. However, only 2 variants will be available if you get the devices through Digi, which are ZE550ML (rm749) and the ZE551ML (32GB). Existing loyal customers that have subscribed to them at least for 1 year can get them free with zero upfront payment when registering with them.
However, those who are not, there’s an advance payment ranging from RM120 to RM800 – this actually depends on the plans that the customers are on. Most of the plans have contracts for 24 months, except for Smart Plan 78, of which has options on 12 months or 24 months. The bundled ZenFone 2 plans and prices are:
ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE550ML – 2GB RAM + 16GB Storage
- Digi SmartPlan 78 – RM279
- Digi SmartPlan 108 – RM0
- Digi SmartPlan 148 – RM0
ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE551ML – 4GB RAM + 32GB Storage
- Digi SmartPlan 78 – RM609
- Digi SmartPlan 108 – RM369
- Digi SmartPlan 148 – RM169
Digi users can go to their website or the nearest stores to check with them in details for the payments. It’s unsure whether other telcos like Maxis and Celcom will have plans with the ZenFone 2, but we will keep you readers updated for sure!