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Asus ZenFone 5 gets new LTE version in Asia

The low-cost Android phone gets faster 4G LTE connectivity, but loses its dual-SIM feature.

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If there was one thing lacking in the Asus ZenFone 5 , it was LTE. Now the Taiwanese company has remedied that with a new version of the phone.

The latest model of the 5-inch Android device drops the Intel chipset for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 and gains 4G connectivity as a result.

LTE comes at the cost of dual-SIM capabilities, but otherwise the ZenFone 5 is unchanged.

The phone still has a 5-inch HD display with a 1,280x720-pixel resolution, and runs off the Asus custom Zen UI skin with its flat and modern look. There's an 8-megapixel "PixelMaster" camera that's capable of taking photos even in the darkest of places without a flash.

Asus has already launched the ZenFone 5 LTE in Taiwan and Hong Kong, with Singapore next on the menu. Other countries are yet to be announced.

There are three variants of the new model, with a variety of memory and storage options. The model with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage retails for a mere S$249 ($199) without contract, while the 2GB RAM, 8GB storage version goes for a little bit more at S$269 ($215). The 16GB ZenFone 5 LTE with 2GB RAM is the most expensive at $299 ($250), but that's still pretty cheap, all things considered.

To find out more about the phone and its Asus Zen UI, be sure to check out CNET's full review of the Asus ZenFone 5 .