Asus announced the next-generation Zenfone 2 — one of the first devices to boast 4GB RAM — at CES earlier this year, and now the device is up for pre-order in Chinese retailer Alibaba's marketplace AliExpress. There are two variants of the device available for choosing: a version with 2GB RAM that is priced at $299, and the 4GB model, which is on pre-order for $439.
The pricing of the device is considerably higher than what Asus has mentioned, so it is likely this is just a case of the retailer looking to stir up some interest before the Zenfone 2 gets officially priced. If you're living in the UK, Clove has commenced registrations for the device, although pricing and launch information is not yet available.
As for the specs, the handset comes with a 5.5-inch full-HD display, quad-core Intel Atom CPU, microSD card slot, 13MP camera at the back, 5MP front shooter, dual-SIM and LTE connectivity as well as a 3,000 mAh battery. On the software side of things, the Zenfone 2 runs Lollipop out of the box atop the latest version of Asus' Zen UI.
The device up for pre-order on AliExpress comes with 64GB internal memory, although there is 32GB version as well. Asus is also said to be launching a variant of the Zenfone 2 with a 720p screen that will be aimed at the entry-level segment. As always, be sure to read our hands-on post from CES to know what you're getting with the Zenfone 2.