Asus is teasing the announcement of a new smartphone. Partially revealed on its Facebook page, Asus has almost given the game away entirely with its not-so subtle hints. What should we expect? A selfie-centric phone called, wait for it, the ZenFone Selfie.
The company asks, “Which new ZenFone family member will be revealed at Computex 2015?” Then gives us a clue, saying, “Illuminate the beauty that’s in you through the front camera of the ZenFone _ _ _ _ _ _. Those dashes refer to the mystery name, and just happen to correspond with rumors regarding a ZenFone called the Selfie.
According to rumors, the device will be a variation on the recently released ZenFone 2, but will come with a monster 13-megapixel front camera that’s accompanied by a dual-LED flash unit. Hence the references to illumination in the hint above.
The teaser picture Asus published on Facebook backs all this up, showing a big camera lens at the top center of a smartphone, flanked by two sensors — one of which seems to be a flash. If the phone’s remain spec is the same as the ZenFone 2, expect another 13-megapixel camera on the rear, and a big 5.5-inch, 1080p touchscreen on the front. Asus works with Intel on the ZenFone 2, and an Atom chip with up to 4GB of RAM powers the device.
Phones built to take amazing selfies are becoming ever more popular. Most recently, Sony announced the Xperia C4, which is equipped with a 5-megapixel front cam and an LED flash. Prior to Sony’s effort, the HTC Desire Eye matches the rumored ZenFone Selfie’s 13-megapixel/dual-LED flash front cam setup. Then there is Lenovo with the Vibe X2 Pro. It has a 13-megapixel front camera, but went in a different direction with the flash, preferring to offer one as a standalone accessory instead of built into the body.
Asus will reveal the new ZenFone device, along with any other exciting new products it has ready and waiting, at its Zensation event which takes place on June 1 at Computex in Taiwan. We’ll bring you all the news on the day.