Asus has unveiled the second generation Zenfone aka the Asus Zenfone 2 at the CES 2015. Experiencing quite a successful journey first the first series Zenfones, the company has upped the ante with some more powerful 4GB RAM memory, 64 bit chipset and 13MP camera amongst many other things. Here is the complete review for the device.
Design and Display
The design for Asus Zenfone has turned out to be the major USP of the device. Sporting an elegant and classy with metal like finish the handset manages to drag more attention. Some design changes have been introduced in the Asus Zenfone 2 like the volume rocker has been shifted to the back panel similar to the LG flagships. The Zenfone 2 sports a brushed metal finish and has a dual-tone LED to its back panel that smoothly merges with the finish.
With a 5.5inch screen size, the handset has an pretty good screen-to-body ratio of 72%. The screen is a protective shield of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and offers full HD resolution of 1080p with 403ppi. The screen for the device offers 400 nits of brightness.
64 bit Intel Atom chipset and 4GB RAM memory
Asus has left no stone unturned as far as the processing speed for the device is concerned with a whopping 64 bit Intel Atom silicon chipset. The device bakes an powerful LTE enabled Intel Atom Z3580 chipset with four cores offering clock speeds up to 2.33GHz. The chip also consists of a PowerVR G6430 GPU with Open GL 3.0 support. The processor is said to be very fast supporting high graphic 3D games and runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.
The biggest surprise with the smartphone is its RAM memory. The handset would be available in two different RAM memory options with 2GB RAM for the basic version and a whopping 4GB of RAM for the higher version. This is the first smartphone to be announced with a powerful trio combination of 64 bit chipset, 64 bit Android support and more than 3GB of RAM memory.
Android 5.0 Lollipop and Zen UI
This is the great news as the latest iteration of the Android OS aka the Android 5.0 Lollipop would be running the device. Undeniably it is the Zen UI which now comes with various enhancements adds the charm to the overall interface. Asus is said to have worked on some OS tricks wherein the app and action shortcuts are now merged with gesture controls, various custom themes and icon packs and special one-hand operation and “Kids” mode.
The new features of the Zen UI include Trend Micro security, SnapView, ZenMotion, Zen UI updates and many more.
Camera and Battery Life
As far as the camera segment is concerned, Asus seem to have brought a considerable amount of improvement in this segment. To its back lies a powerful 13MP primary camera with 5 elemt and f/2.0 aperture along with a dual-color “Real Tone” LED flash. The front offers a good 5MP of secondary camera 85 degree wide-angle and is capable of shooting selfie panoramas as well. The PixelMaster software is available for both the cameras with options of shooting in low light conditions with a provision of snapping images with 400% brightness offering very good digital noise cancellation.
The handset has got a substantially good battery backup of 3000mAh Li-Po battery and supports the fast charging tech that charges 60% of the battery in just 39 minutes.
The 2GB variant of the device is priced around at $199 while the 4GB variant is priced for a very affordable $300 price tag.
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