ASUS surprised us this weekend with the quiet launch of the Pegasus 4S in China. Although it’s not a familiar model name, it’s a big deal as the company’s first near-borderless phone.
We’ve learned all about its specifications already — such as the 5.7-inch 18:9 ratio screen, rear dual-camera setup, and big 4030mAh battery — but we didn’t get a clear look at the phone or learn anything about its availability. Let’s dig a little deeper.
Here are photos GadgetMatch exclusively acquired from ASUS:
With these, we can confirm a few things:
- The rear design truly does resemble the ZenFone 4 Max.
- There’s a 3.5mm audio port on top.
- A single down-firing speaker is found at the bottom.
- It settles for a micro-USB port instead of the newer USB-C standard.
At the moment, the Pegasus 4S is only available in China. But according to a reliable source, the handset is set to arrive across Southeast Asia between the end of 2017 and first quarter of 2018 depending on the expected demand.
Considering the Pegasus branding is exclusive to the Chinese market, we wouldn’t be surprised if this gets rebranded as a ZenFone Max variant once it goes international because of its above-average battery capacity and similarities with the ZenFone 4 Max.
Pricing hasn’t been revealed yet. Our educated guess would place this between US$ 200 and US$ 300, bridging the ZenFone 4 Max and midrange ZenFone 4 Selfie series.