CES 2015: Asus announces the Zenfone 2

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At CES 2015 on Monday, Asus launched its flagship smartphone the ZenFone 2 (as well as the ZenFone Zoom), the follow up to the fairly successful ZenFone.

 

The Taiwanese company said that the Zenfone 2 will be released in March this year and will be available in several cool sounding colours: Ceramic White, Glacier Gray, Glamour Red, Osmium Black and Sheer Gold, retailing for around $199.

Asus Zenfone 2 Announcement

The first smartphone with 4 GB of RAM

Asus claims that the ZenFone 2 is the first smartphone to pack an impressive 4 GB of RAM. It’s also powered by an Intel mobile chip (which is rare, as most smartphones are powered by Qualcomm chips these days) – specifically, the Atom Z3580 which is a quad-core CPU that runs at a respectable 2.3 GHz.

There will be two models on sale- one that come with 2G of “LPDDR3” RAM and another with the larger 4 GB memory, but both will support microSD card storage up to 64 GB. In terms of built-in storage, there will be 3 offerings: 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB.

The ZenFone 2 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, but has Asus’ own ZenUI layer on top, which means the display and icons are all customised for the Asus brand. The phone has a fairly large 5.5-inch HD display at 1,080 x 1,920 pixels) with a density of 403 pixels per inch, all protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

Asus Zenfone 2

In terms of the camera, there is a 13 MP rear snapper with autofocus and a dual colour “Real Tone” flash, plus a 5 MP font camera (great for selfies) with a wide angle lens.

Besides the increased megapixel count, there are a few other improvements too: a low-light mode, High Dynamic Range (HDR), a “beautification mode”, and a manual mode.

Especially popular in Asian markets, the ZenFone 2 also sports dual-SIMs and has 4G LTE high-speed cellular support, besides 3G, GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and NFC. Pretty impressive specs, all supported by a 3,000 mAh battery which supports fast charging – up to 60% in under 40 minutes. A few extra sensors round off the ZenFone 2’s capabilities – an accelerometer, proximity detector, ambient light, gyroscope and a compass.

Asus ZenFone 2 specifications

Asus Zenfone 2 Specs

 

Let us know in the comments below what you think of the ZenFone 2, and whether you’d consider buying one.

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2 Comments

  1. Giles Peach on

    Wouldn’t call it a game changer, but a very nice phone none-the-less. Others have already pointed out the similarities to the LG G3, not just in looks, but in general specs (minus the QHD screen).
    The lower res screen + intel processor, could = extremely good battery life. Would be interested to see some tests when it is released.
    To be honest, I am more intrigued by the 3x zoom version though.