Asus released the Zenfone 2 in this year’s Consumer Electronics Show and grabbed some lightning due to the fact that their latest handset got a lot of beef in its internals. Aside from the speedy processor, the Asus Zenfone 2 packed a whooping 4GB of RAM. And yes, it is the first of its kind.
Design and Display
When it comes to construction, the Zenfone 2 does not differ to the previous releases. However, the current handset has a striking resemblance to the LG G3 – brushed metal finish with curved back (tapered towards the edges) and rear volume keys below the camera unit.
In terms of display, the newcomer comes with a 5.5-inch full HD 1080p display framed in thin bezels of only 3.3 millimeters. The panel works with a capable 403 ppi pixel density. This made the device more immersive underneath the Gorilla Glass 3 screen protection.
The Zenfone 2 also has a massive kick when we talk of internals. It is mainly driven by the 2.3-gigahertz Intel Atom Z3580 chipset which is, of course, a quad-core processor. The (again) 4GB of RAM is also a muscle to reckon with in the phone’s multitasking activities. You can have the Zenfone 2 in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB configurations.
There’s also a 2GB RAM/16GB ROM version of the device technically priced at USD 199 (approximately Php 9,000). Battery is rated with 3000 mAh, also with fast charging tech which is common for flagship nowadays.
The 13-megapixel camera has f/2.0 and is capable of “pixel merging technology” which, according to Asus, has 400 percent better light sensitivity and better lowlight performance in both cameras. It is also accompanied by a True Tone flash which obviously offers accurate colors and tones.
The secondary camera is rated with 5-megapixel sensor. It has an 85 degree field of view and can capture selfie-styled panoramas.
The Asus Zenfone 2 will have the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box with the latest version of Zen UI skin on top. The latter allows you to change themes, icons and fonts on your interface. Apps will also be updated instantly with the Instant Update feature.
Price and Availability
Asus stressed that Zenfone 2 will be available in the second quarter of this year. You can choose between Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glamor Red, Glacier Gray and Ceramic White hues. The price of the main variant has not been disclosed yet, however, the company pointed out that the USD 199 (Php 9,000) price is only for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB ROM version.
Asus Zenfone 2 Specs
5.5-Inch FHD IPS LCD Display with 1920 x 1080p at 401 ppi
Intel Atom Z3580 Chipset
2.3-gigahertz Quad Core CPU
PowerVR G6430 GPU
4GB of RAM
13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture
two-tone LED Flash
5-megapixel front camera with 85 degree field-of-view
4G LTE, 3G, 2G
Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot
GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS
USB OTG Support
3.5mm Audio Jack
Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Android 5.0 Lollipop with Zen UI3,000mAh Li-Po Battery