Asus was the dark horse last year with launch of Zenfone series it established a fan base in budget segment. It’s new Zenfone 2 is fully loaded to rival the flagships this time with spec sheet outdoing most of 2014 devices.
Zenfone 2 features 4GB of RAM, yeah you heard that right and in case you are wondering it does have 2GB variant which naturally will be priced lower. It also has a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560/Z3580(Depending on variant with 2/4GB RAM) Quad Core Processor clocked at 1.8/2.3GHz, PowerVR Series 6 – G6430 GPU, with OpenGL 3.0 support.
It now boast a bigger and better 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 403ppi IPS display with 400nits brightness and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The rear camera is 13-megapixels, f/2.0-aperture and features dual tone flash for natural looking photos in even dim light. The front aka selfie cam is also upgraded to 5-megapixels with f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle (85-degree) lens with Selfie Panorama which is unique.
The Asus Zenfone 2 also bring the upgraded to Asus proprietary ZenUI with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which would now allow users to customize the feel and look of the UI by changing themes, fonts, icons, etc just like MIUI and CyanogenMod. It will also offer an in-built app lock and vault facility for controlled privacy through new feature called SnapView. The new Instant Updates feature will keep the ZenUI apps up to date regardless of the firmware update cycle.
In terms of connectivity Zenfone 2 is now capable of 4G Cat.4 LTE with speeds upto 150mbps, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and of course WiFi a/b/g/n/ac. It retains dual sim connectivity also and comes with three storage options 16GB/32GB/64GB. It also support microSD cards and has 3000-mAh battery with fast charging technology capable of charging 60% in just 39 minutes. With all this it manages to stay just 3.9mm thin at edge although measuring 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm making it feel super slim.
Zenfone 2 will be available in Glacier Gray, Osmium Black, Glamour Red, Ceramic White and Sheer Gold. The starting price for the phone is just $199/INR 12,999 for 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage variant which is indeed great pricing. It is scheduled for launch in Q2 2015 in various markets but exact details are yet unknown.