The Asus Zenfone 2 is due to be released in March 2015, but it was officially revealed in January and it was made clear from the outset that this is one rather gorgeous phone.
ASUS may be better known for their computers, but it is obvious that they know their way around electronics and two areas where there has been the greatest degree of interest is in the design and display.
ASUS ZenFone 2 has a stunning, all-new design that employs iconic Zen design elements, offering a luxe brushed-metal finish and distinctive, elegant concentric circle detailing. Including a graceful curved case that tapers to an incredibly thin 3.9 mm at the edges lends ZenFone 2 a bold yet elegant look with intuitive volume control with Rear Key. Featuring a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display with a 403ppi pixel density, the display has a slight 3.3 mm bezel, giving ZenFone 2 a remarkable 72% screen-to-body ratio for a maximized viewing experience. The Zenfone 2 is not just thin, but it really is ultra-thin. It actually shows how far technology has come in the last few years because this is a phone that is packed full of hardware, but the amazing thing is that the phone itself is only 10.9mm thick.
Performance and core Specs:
ZenFone 2 is powered by an up to 2.3 GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor Z3580 and has 4 GB RAM to deliver up to seven times (7X)* faster gaming performance than its predecessor, so you’ll enjoy slick web surfing, smooth video playback, great gaming experiences and multi-tasking that doesn’t leave you waiting. These specs are really high as Asus certainly managed to produce a phone that is at least competitive when it comes to their size if not the hardware contained inside.
ZenFone 2 comes with a 13 MP PixelMaster camera and an f/2.0 aperture lens to capture stunning, high-resolution photos with zero shutter lag. This industry-leading low-light mode employs pixel-merging technology to capture up to 400% brighter photos at night, or in low-light scenes, without the need for a flash. When a flash is preferred, ZenFone 2 is equipped with a Real Tone Flash to ensure warm skin tones and accurate color. The vibrancy and depth of the colors and graphics on this phone has to be seen to be believed. They are strong, and sharp and you can certainly see the difference between this display and others that claim to have a high resolution without them being full on HD.
For the sake of battery life ZenFone 2 keeps going where other smartphones give up, and with our unique fast charging technology, you’ll take your battery level to 60% in just 39 minutes!
ZenUI has a variety of new features, including ZenMotion, SnapView, Trend Micro Security and ZenUI Instant Updates that enhance usability; ensure security and privacy; and deliver a seamless user experience.
It should also be said that this screen does show up well in tests, so it stays sharp even in different light conditions and the angle from which you are looking at it. You feel as if the image is leaping out of the actual phone to you such is the crispness and even though the phone may not be able to compete with those at the very top of the market, this wonderful display could be enough to tempt many into trying it in the first place.
So in short:
- The phone is only 10.9mm thick.
- It has a full HD display.
- The screen is 5.5 inches and has a pixel density of 403.
- The images and colors are crisp and sharp just as you would expect.
|Processor||64-bit Intel Atom Z3560/Z3580 Quad Core Processor (Running at 1.8/2.3GHz) PowerVR Series 6 – G6430, with OpenGL 3.0 support|
|Operating System||Brand-new ASUS ZenUI with Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|Memory||LPDDR3 2GB/4GB RAM/Micro SD card support, up to 64GB|
|Storage||16GB/32GB/64GB eMMC ASUS WebStorage 5GB (lifetime)|
|Display||5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 403ppi IPS display/400nits brightness/ Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3|
|PixelMaster Cameras||Front: 5MP, f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle (85-degree) lens with Selfie Panorama
Rear: 13MP, f/2.0-aperture, 5-element, auto-focus lens with dual-color Real Tone flash
PixelMaster features: Low Light mode / Backlight (HDR) mode / Enhanced Beautification mode / Manual mode / Zero shutter lag
|Network||LTE speed: Category 4 maximum: 150Mbit/s / DL: 50Mbit/s
4G band: FDD LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/17/18/19/20/28/29
TDD LTE: 38/39/40/41(Network support varies by country)
|Battery||3000mAh lithium-polymer, Fast-charging technology|
|Sensor||Accelerometer, proximity, ambient-light, gyroscopic, digital compass and Hall-effect sensors|
|Navigation||GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS|
|Wireless||802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC|
|Ports||3.5mm audio jack, dual micro-SIM, micro USB (support OTG)|
|Color||Glacier Gray / Osmium Black / Glamour Red / Ceramic White / Sheer Gold|
|Dimensions||152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 ~ 3.9 mm|
Overall, the Zenfone 2 is well worth considering as this is a phone that is not going to disappoint. Of course it will also fit snugly into your pocket thanks to its size and once you check out the display there is no doubt that you are going to be more than happy with your purchase.