asus launched introduced its new flagship device in the CES 15 named Zenfone 2 and it was anounced that the phone would be available starting from 200$ but it made confusion in peoples mind that the phone with 4 GB ram is available for 200$ . latestly asus had started the global rollout of its Zenfone 2 starting from taiwan and Asus had now clarified the official price of the device but the zenfone 2 comes with different varients so choose the one which you wanted to buy.
varients and Pricing
- ASUS ZENFONE 2 ZE500CL
this is the cheapest zenfone 2 varient you can get in the market . this varient supports a 5 inch 720p display with corning gorilla glass 3 protection. the phone is powered by intel atom Z2560 processor cloaked at 1.6 GHZ with hyper threading and is backed up by 2 gb of ram . in the GPU department it is taken from imagination studios the POWER VR SGX 544 mp2 . this varient is single sim and supports LTE bands. in terms of camera it is enhanced version of pixel master camera which is 8 mp at rear and 2 mp for front . the phone comes with 16 gb internal storageand option of expansion upto 64 is also available . this varient is priced at 4,990 NT$ (160 U.S dollar approx ) . for the given specs it can be easily said that it is an upgraded version of previous generation of zenfone 5 with better camera and new design. it is priced to directly compete at the budget segment.
- ASUS ZENFONE 2 ZE550ML
this varient supports a 5.5 inch 720p display and is powered by intel atom Z3560 64 bit chipset cloaked at 1.8 GHZ quad core processor backed up by 2 gb of ram and 16 gb of internal storage with option of expansion upto 64 gb. for gaming it is provided by Power VR G6420 GPU . in the camera department it is a 13 megapixel rear shooter and 5 megapixel front shooter .it is available for price 5,990 NT$ (190 U.S $ approx )
- ASUS ZENFONE ZE551ML
this varient is the best of the all varients but it also devided in two varients one with 2GB ram and other with 4GB ram option. in display segment it is also the best varient with 1080p of display panel with 5.5 inch screen . in the camera department it is the 13 mp pixel master rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera. in the processor department the phone comes with intel atom Z3580 64 bit quad core processor cloaked at 2.3 GHZ and with 2 or 4 GB ram option .i nt he GPU department it suports a Power VR rogue G6430 GPU. it is priced at 6,990 NT$ (220 U.S dollar ) for 2 gb and 8,990NT$ (285 U.S $ ) for 4 GB varient
- new zen ui : this time asus had made the zen ui more customisable by providing a new theme engine for changng the theme of the device . some more enhancements are also done to provide a better and fluid experience like the dynamic animations icon.
- zenmotion: zen motion is all about new gesture supports for zenfone 2 for better phone experience like by double tapping the home button to switch to one hand mode , new screen of gestures , double tap to wake, flip to mute and many other new options
- snapview : this is good function provided by asus ehich helps in managing security options for your gallery and other files . it provides software options like message popups on screen so that you dont have to leave the work you are doing to see the messages
- kids mode : as per the name this feature is provided so that kids can you your device and there is not any tension that thaey would change the settings call others or see personal content.
- new browser : this time the phone comes with new browser integrated with trend micro security providing protection from harmfull site or from fear of hacking etc
- cover view : asus had provided many new option for the quick circle flip cover like opening the camera without opening the cover, listing music , picking up the calls , see notifications , messages and many new shortcut like the torch
- new photo collage and photo effects : asus had provided new powerful photo editing software so that you can edit the precious movements of life in collage or make the pics more attractive by editing them .
- new mini movie maker : asus had provided the mini movie maker app so that we can make mavies or slideshow to make them more memorable with effects and themes
new pixel master camera
the new zenfone two comes with enhanced version of pixel master camera and various new camera features are also provided some of them are:
- new manual mode – the zenfone 2 supports a new manual mode providing various new options like controlling the focus,shutterspeed , exposure ,iso , whitebalance.
- super resolution mode– in this mode the phone takes 4 shots of its 13 megapixel camera to form a 52 resolution image providing more details.
- enhanced HDR mode : the HDR mode had also been enhanced providing better colour production in low ligt situations .
- low light mode : this technology was intoduced in the previous generation of zenfones but now it is more optimised to produce more better low light images then before and this time asus had provided it for both front and rear camera (low light mode is only available for zenfone 2 varient having 5 megapixel front camera )
- selfie panorama mode – as per name this feature takes panorama selfies so that no one is not left behind
*many options are also available like the depth of field , time rewind , rear camera selfie mode , smile detection ,and many more.
availability options : as per availability options the global release had been started and the phone is launched in Taiwan and coming to countries like India and other southeast Asian countries in Q2 and in brazil Q3. there are also some rumors that Asus will launch Zenfone 2 with a snapdragon and Mediatek chipset in emerging markets like India
- good design
- price for money
- decent camera
- good display
- average battery
- button placement not good
- average performance