The Asus Zenfone 2 is one of the latest budget-smartphones from Asus stables and comes equipped with everything that you’ll like in a mid-range budget device. It has a 5.5inch display and one can easily acquire it off-contract and use it on any GSM network. The phone comes with 2 different variants.
One of them costs $200 and gets you a 1.8GHz Intel processor along with 2GB of RAM. At $300, you can grab the2.3GHz variant with 4GB of RAM. In both of these variants, you’ll be looking at flagship features in mid-range devices which is a price-tag that’s half of the general flagship smartphone from renowned brands.
There are many people who lose their phones halfway through their contact and many who just don’t like being tied to a long contract at all. If you are one of them and you don’t prefer the costly renowned flagship offerings with their attention-grabbing features, the Asus Zenfone 2 should be perfect for you.
If you prefer using multiple SIM cards, the Asus Zenfone 2 should be good enough for you. It is an unlocked phone which further means that you can use it on any GSM carrier. You can use your own original SIM card and when you are travelling somewhere, you can make use of another SIM card of your present location. The device is protected by Gorilla Glass and includes 3 buttons located below and a plastic cover in the rear.
Although the Asus Zenfone 2 is made up of plastic, it looks like brushed Aluminum from a distance. The Zenfone 2 clearly shows that military-grade materials aren’t necessary for a decent looking phone with good build-quality. Let’s take a look at its hardware features and specifications. As discussed earlier, it has a 5.5inch display.
It comes with a full-HD 1080X1920 pixel resolution and a display ppi of 403. While using this device, you should expect sharper, fuller and crisper images. Looking at this device should be a pleasant experience as it features a 178 degree view angle and 400 nits brightness. The Corning Gorilla Glass screen further makes it scratch resistant in nature. You should also experience least touch friction due to the 20nm Oleophobic anti-fingerprint coating. The screen further comes with the ability of detecting motion gestures, which is a further part of the Zenfone 2’s user interface.
Under the hood, the Asus Zenfone 2 features a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor (2.3GHz) and 4 GB DDR3 RAM. If that’s not enough, know that this is the first smartphone to be released with a 4GB RAM on it. Congrats Asus! The processor comes with Intel Exclusive 3D Tri-Gate Transistor Technology which further backs OpenGL 3.2.
As a result, users should be able to enjoy smooth gaming, multi-tasking and an overall performance without any lags. In the camera department, the device has a 13-megapixel rear snapper.
The camera features PixelMaster Technology which increases the brightness for videos and photos up to a massive 400 percent and this highly benefits low-light imaging and photography. It further includes a pro mode along with an alignment sensor. With features like zero-shutter lag and blue-glass infrared filter, the camera includes various modes which are designed to make photography a pleasant experience for Zenfone 2 owners.
It further comes with 32GB memory and includes a 5GB lifetime Asus web storage option. The consumers can make use of a microSD card to increase the storage memory to 64GB. One of the SIM slots will support 2G/3G and 4G while the other only supports 2G.
In the meantime, this device comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop but a senior XDA Developers Forum member with the username ‘ycavan’ revealed a video which shows the Zenfone 2 running on Windows 7.
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There is also a 1.8Ghz 4GB RAM 32GB ROM version. Also worth remembering there are regional variants as well. The best variant for most western users is the Global “WW” version which covers all the LTE frequencies in use on the Euro networks.
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