With the ZenFone 2, ASUS has tried to give users not just an affordable phone, but also one with some eye-catching specs: the model helped blaze the trail for phones packing a hefty 4GB of RAM, and we’ve subsequently seen the phone raise the bar in terms of solid-state storage, offering a big 256GB model. Sure, all these options can mean that shopping for a ZenFone 2 can get a little confusing, but we’d rather have the choice of some of these high-end specs than not. For a while now, we’ve also been looking forward to the ZenFone 3 – what can it hope to offer that the ZenFone 2 didn’t? We’re far from knowing the full set of specs, but ASUS chair Jonney Shih has recently revealed plans to give the ZenFone 3 at least one new forward-thinking hardware upgrade.
In an interview published today, Shih was asked about when his company would start moving to USB type-C for its smartphones, and the executive responded that we’d get our answer in the form of the ZenFone 3.
Mind you, we still don’t know when the ZenFone 3 might arrive (though an early-2016 trade show debut would make a lot of sense), and by the time it gets here USB type-C could well be the rule, rather than the exception. But for now, it sounds like ASUS is still very much interested in keeping its ZenFone line slightly ahead of the curve – while still managing to keep those handsets attractively priced.