Asus unveiled the next generation Asus Zenfone at CES 2015 in Las Vegas on January 6th, 2015. The flagship smartphone from Asus is powered by the Intel 2.3 GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor Z3580. There will be a range of Zenfone 2 like the current Zenfone 4,5 & 6.
Update 1 April 2015 – The Asus Zenfone 2 is expected to hit the Indian market at the end of April 2015, stay tuned if you are interested to know more about the 4GB RAM smartphone.
Asus ZenFone 2 Launched on Flipkart in 3 Different Variants:
Update – 23 April-2015 – The Asus Zenfone 2 is now available on Flipkart in 3 different variants, priced at Rs. 19,999, Rs. 14,999 and Rs. 12,999. The fourth variant is yet not listed on Flipkart and will be available later with 64 GB internal storage. You can pre-order now but will get the delivery in May 2015.
Before we proceed to what Zenfone 2 offers here is a comparison table for all the Zenfone 2 Models.
|Component||Asus Zenfone 2 – ZE551ML(Price 19,999)||Asus Zefone 2 – ZE551ML (Price Rs. 14,999)||Asus Zenfone 2 – ZE550ML(Price Rs. 12,999)|
|Processor||2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580, Quad Core||1.8 GHz, Intel Atom Z3560, Quad Core||1.8 GHz + Intel Atom Z3560, Quad Core|
|GPU||Gfx 6 Series Graphic Chip – PowerVR-G6430||Gfx 6 Series Graphic Chip – PowerVR-G6430||Gfx 6 Series Graphic Chip – PowerVR-G6430|
|Resolution||Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels||Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels||HD, 1280 x 720 Pixels|
|Pixel Density||401 PPI||401 PPI||267 PPI|
|Colors||16 Mn||16 Mn||16 Mn|
|Display Technology||IPS LCD Touchscreen||IPS LCD Touchscreen||IPS LCD Touchscreen|
|Current Operating System||Android 5.0 Lollipop||Android 5.0 Lollipop||Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|3G/4G Capability||Yes 3G+4G||Yes 3G+4G||Yes 3G+4G|
|Rear camera||Yes, 13 MP||Yes, 13 MP||Yes, 13 MP|
|Front camera||5 MP shooter||5 MP shooter||5 MP shooter|
|Internal Memory||32 GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|Expandable Memory||Upto 64 GB||Upto 64 GB||Upto 64 GB|
|Battery Capacity||3000 mAh||3000 mAh||3000 mAh|
|Dual Sim||Dual Sim, GSM + LTE||Yes||Yes|
|Weight||170 grams||170 grams||170 grams|
|Dimensions||77.2×152.5×10.9 mm||77.2×152.5×10.9 mm||77.2×152.5×10.9 mm|
|Price||Rs. 19,999||Rs. 14,999||Rs. 12,999|
Difference Between All ZenFone 2 Models(Compared)
Asus Zenfone 2 – ZE551ML(Price 19,999)
It is the higher priced variant with massive 4GB RAM, 32-GB internal storage, full HD display and 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580, Quad Core processor. As highlighted in green in the table above these are the differentiating factors Vs. the lower variants. Another model ZE551ML priced at Rs. 22,999 will be launched on Flipkart with 64-GB internal storage.
You can purchase it if you wish to get the flagship smartphone, it is superior to low priced variants regarding processing power with the higher clocked processor and enormous 4 GB Ram.
Asus Zenfone 2 – ZE551ML(Price 14,999)
It is the mid-range model and is according to me the best choice to purchase a budget around 15K; essentially everything is same compared to the higher model. The processor, RAM, internal storage in this variant are different compared to the Rs. 19,999 model.
You are getting good full HD display, same camera, battery size 4G LTE support, Android Lollipop and same design as the high-end model.
Asus Zenfone 2 – ZE550ML(Price Rs. 12,999)
The low priced model is good for people who are looking forward to a smartphone at a price range of 12k-13k. It competes with Moto G in this price range which is one of the highest selling smartphones. Compared to Moto G it has some positives in Specs. However, design and build of Moto G are excellent.
The Zenfone 2 ZE550ML(Price Rs. 12,999) has a lower processor variant 1.8 GHz, Intel Atom Z3560, Quad Core processor. The smartphone also lacks the Full HD display which is there in the Rs. 14,999 model rest is almost the same essentially.
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Earlier Article You may like to read for essential details.
Asus ZenFone 2 prices will start from $199 or Rs. 12,999 for the 2 GB RAM/16 GB storage version.
The Flagship smartphone will have Intel Quad Core Processor Z3580 capable of 2.3 GHz Speed and will support 4GB Ram (LPDDR3). The GPU for Zenfone 2 is PowerVR Series 6 – G6430 with open GL 3.0 support. Another model in the new generation Zenfone 2 will have lower specs and will be priced accordingly. The earlier Intel Processors were dual core in the Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 6.
The Zenfone 2 has a 5.5-inch screen with FHD 1920*1080 resolution with IPS screen panel and 178-degree viewing angle with the vivid color display.
Asus uses true, vivid color technology to enhance the color reproduction on the screen to make the smartphone offer a lively experience to the users.
Asus claims that the new Intel Processor Z3850 is revolutionary and with 4GB ram support it offers seven times faster gaming performance compared to the earlier generation Asus Zenfone.
The smartphone supports Open GL 3.0 which enables the user to have a much better 3D gaming experience. The Zenfone supports 4G LTE network connectivity along with 3G support; the device offers 150 MBPS theoretical data transfer speed.
The display has a narrow 3.3mm bezel, giving ZenFone 2 a 72% screen-to-body ratio, and is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The smartphone has some similarities to the old Zenfone 6 with the centric circle at the bottom with a metallic finish. The Iconic Asus logo is still paramount below the top speaker.
Storage – 16GB/32GB/64GB ROM ASUS WebStorage 5GB (lifetime).
152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 and weight is 170 gram. The smartphone is quite thick 10.9 mm which seems to be high if we compare it with the other current generation smartphones which are 7-8 mm in thickness. For reference Note 4 is 8.5 mm in thickness, and Google Nexus 6 is 10.1 mm in thickness.
The smartphone boasts of a 13 MP rear camera with Auto tone and PixelMaster camera with a f/2.0 wide-aperture lens. The front camera is a 5 MP shooter which is ideal for taking selfies. It has 85-degree field view so wider backgrounds can be captured. The camera boasts of an industry-leading technology to capture 400% brighter pictures in the low light scenario.
When a flash is preferred, ZenFone 2 is equipped with a Real Tone Flash to ensure warm skin tones and accurate color.
The Zenfone 2 will be loaded with Android Lollipop and will have Asus Zen UI on top of the base Android 5.0.1. The Asus Zen UI’s has a unique launcher, themes, fonts, icons, and variety of features like including ZenMotion, SnapView, and trend micro security.
The Zenfone 2 is equipped with 3000 mAH battery to ensure that you don’t need to charge it in the middle of the day. Asus claims that battery get charged from 0-60% in 39 minutes with it’s fast charging technology.
The ZenFone 2 will come in Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray, Glamor Red and Ceramic White colors.
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