|ASUS ZenFone 2: Specs, Price and Availability|
ASUS has just unveiled ZenFone 2, the flagship smartphone in the new-generation ZenFone family. Building on the resounding worldwide success of ASUS ZenFone, which sold 1,500,000 units per month in the fourth quarter of 2014 and garnered enthusiastic reviews from journalists and users alike, the much-anticipated ASUS ZenFone 2 premieres many evolved features.
ASUS ZenFone 2 has a stunning, all-new design employing iconic ASUS design elements that echo the spirit of Zen, with a luxurious brushed-metal finish and distinctive concentric-circle detailing. ZenFone 2 introduces new and evolved aesthetic refinements, including a graceful curved case that tapers to an incredibly thin 3.9mm at the edges to lend ZenFone 2 a bold yet elegant look. This curvature provides exceptional comfort and a secure grip, and intuitive control and convenience is further enhanced by the rear-mounted volume control key — ideally-positioned for the user’s index finger.
ZenFone 2 has an incredibly sharp and vivid 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display with a 403ppi pixel density and a wide 178-degree viewing angle, ensuring lifelike photos and videos and great-looking apps. ASUS TruVivid technology enhances display performance even more with bright, brilliant colors. The display has an ultra-narrow 3.3mm bezel, giving ZenFone 2 a remarkable 72% screen-to-body ratio for a maximized viewing experience, and is covered with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for superior resistance to damage and fingerprints. An anti-fingerprint coating reduces friction by 30%, giving a luxuriously-smooth feel to touch gestures.
ASUS ZenFone 2 is powered by an up to 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor Z3580 and has 4GB RAM to deliver up to seven times (7X) faster gaming performance than its predecessor. A 60ms touch response time ensures lag-free input, and OpenGL 3.0 provides incredible gaming performance.
ASUS ZenFone 2 has a 13MP PixelMaster camera with an f/2.0 wide-aperture lens to capture stunning, high-resolution photos with zero shutter lag. When a flash is preferred, ZenFone 2 is equipped with a Real Tone flash to ensure warm skin tones and accurate color. ZenFone 2 is also equipped with a 5MP front-facing camera with a wide, 85-degree field of view perfectly engineered for taking selfies with real-time beautification.
ZenFone 2 has built-in 4G/LTE connectivity for blazingly-fast data speeds of up to 150Mbit/s plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi, ensuring stutter-free streaming of video and music as well as a smooth all-round mobile experience. Dual-SIM capacity with Dual Active technology makes ZenFone 2 the perfect travel or business companion, allowing users to have two active phone lines on their device so they can keep in touch from anywhere.
ZenFone 2 is available in five unique colors: Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray, Glamor Red and Ceramic White. Special Transfusion and Illusion covers are available that give users even more choices to match their own unique style.
ASUS ZenFone 2 Specs
Dual-SIM / Dual-LTE
1.8GHz quad-core 64bit Intel Atom Z3580 (Turbo Boost to 2.33GHz)
5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS display
403ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with Zen UI
PowerVR G6430 GPU
2GB and 4GB LPDDR3-1600 RAM
16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal storage
13MP rear camera with dual color Real Tone flash
5MP front-facing camera
GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS
4G/LTE connectivity / WiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.0 / NFC / microUSB 2.0
Li-Po 3,000mAh battery (removable)
152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9mm (dimensions)
170 grams (weight)
Pricing and Availability
There will be two variants, the ZE550ML with 2GB of RAM and the ZE551ML with 4GB of RAM. The new ZenFone 2 will have a price tag starting at $199 (around Php9,000) for the 2GB/16GB variant and will be available starting March 2015.