ASUS as a company is not known for its smartphone lineup, there was a time when its Transformers series of Android tablets was the talk of the town but after nVidia vacated the SoC market the company has had a hard time finding its groove. It continues to release Android smartphones and tablets though and has been pushing the ZenFone line of budget and mid-range smartphones.
Today, a report surfaced on GizmoChina containing details on the Taiwanese giant working on a new smartphone. The information was taken from GFXBench, with the smartphone appearing under the model number ASUS X00ID while also sharing some of the specifications of the device.
From the above screenshot, we can see that the device will sport a Qualcomm octa-core CPU clocked at 1.4GHz coupled with an Adreno 505 GPU, which makes it likely a Snapdragon 430 SoC. The smartphone has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. This places the ASUS X00ID slap in the lower mid-tier range at least from the hardware perspective. The display is a 5.5-inch HD (720 x1280) panel with at least five finger gesture support but the most interesting detail about the device is the dual rear camera which is capable of shooting 4K (3840 x2160) video content. The main camera sensor is a 13-megapixel while the secondary sensor is a 5-megapixel unit which is capable of capturing full-HD (1920 x1080) video. The selfie shooter up-front is an 8-megapixel sensor. Further the device is listed as running on Android, v.7.0, Nougat out of the box.
As of now, this is all we know about the device as there is nothing else to go on and ASUS has not explicitly stated about any major launches in the imminent future. It is highly speculated that ASUS might try to partner with MediaTek for its high end SoC requirements due to Qualcomm having issues with the supply of its high-end chipsets. We should be getting more information regarding ASUS’s roadmap for the year in the coming days and hopefully the complete specifications of the ASUS X00ID.
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