According to news out of Taiwan today, Asustek is readying new variants of the ZenFone 2. These new variants will be powered by Qualcomm and MediaTek. The reason for this diversification is Asus‘ goal to double its smartphone shipments this year and to top 17 million units by year’s end.
The lower-priced Qualcomm variant will debut sometime in the second quarter with a target for the mainstream audience. The MediaTek version will debut in India where 3G phones are popular. That version is set to debut sometime in teh second half of 2015 as a direct-successor to the Intel version.