ASUS Zenfone 2 – Review

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The Asus ZenFone 2 is Asus’ latest Android smartphone, due for release in Q1 2015. It’s the first smartphone packing 4GB of RAM (some models feature 3GB depending on region). It is powered by a 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom quad-core processor, and comes with either 16/32/64GB of internal storage. The Zenfone 2 camera has a 13MP sensor with F/2.0 aperture and auto-focus lens. The front facing camera features a 5.1MP sensor and has a 85-degree wide angle lens. The device is backed by a 3000mAh battery with fast-charging technology.

We got the 64GB 4GB Ram model from amazon at cool 299.00 which for the specs you are getting is a amazing price for unlocked phone and off contact.

We have been using the device for about a week now and all we can say is the phone is amazing.

Here are some specs:

There are two versions of this device out there, both with SIMILAR builds, but slightly different innards. One also costs $100 more than the other. The first is the lesser of the two.

1.8GHz model:
• Software: Android 5.0 Lollipop
• Processor: Intel® Atom™ Quad Core Z3560 (1.8GHz)
• Internal Storage: 16GB
• RAM: 2GB
• Weight: 170g
• Dimensions: 77.2 x 152.5 x 3.9 ~ 10.9 mm (WxDxH)
• Display: 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD, Gorilla Glass 3
• Battery: 3000 mAh
• Camera (front): 5-mp, Wide View, “PixelMaster” tech
• Camera (back): 13-mp, AF, “PixelMaster” tech
• Sensors: G-Sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor

The second model is the one we’re reviewing today. This version of the device has a slightly different processor that’s clocked a bit higher, has twice the RAM, and quite a bit more internal storage.

2.3GHz model:
• Software: Android 5.0 Lollipop
• Processor: Intel® Atom™ Quad Core Z3580 (2.3GHz)
• Internal Storage: 64GB (approximately 54GB available to the user)
• RAM: 4GB
• Weight: 170g
• Dimensions: 77.2 x 152.5 x 3.9 ~ 10.9 mm (WxDxH)
• Display: 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD, Gorilla Glass 3
• Battery: 3000 mAh
• Camera (front): 5-mp, Wide View, “PixelMaster” tech
• Camera (back): 13-mp, AF, “PixelMaster” tech
• Sensors: G-Sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor

Both devices also have a microSD card slot for storage expansion as well as 2x SIM card slots. One slot works with 2G data, while the other is able to work with 2G/3G/4G data. You’re working with GSM data here, which means (inside the United States) you’ll want to pick up a T-Mobile USA or AT&T SIM card for data.

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With the phone shipping with 5.0 you’re good to go for the vast majority of apps released to the Google Play app store for the next couple of years for that, for sure.

Overall:

If you’re in the market for a new phone, you’ve got a data plan with AT&T, T-Mobile USA, or any other GSM-based network, and you’re upgrading from a phone that’s a couple years old or older, the ASUS ZenFone 2 is a SOLID choice. Especially at this price range – anywhere from $199 to $299 for a device that’s unlocked and ready to roll – that’s a real rarity in today’s smartphone market.

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