News by Luke Jones on Thursday April 09, 2015.
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The regular 5-incn 720p ASUS ZenFone 2 is a fine device, and at $158 it is a bargain too; the truth is thought, all eyes are really on the 4GB of RAM 1080p variant of the handset. In Taiwan this beefier high end bothering device has a price tag of around $285, still plenty of bang for your buck considering its solid specs. Unfortunately is will not be quite so cheap in the United States.The 4GB version of the ZenFone 2 has now made an appearance on internet retail giant Amazon, and the company is pricing it at $395. Amazon is typically pretty competitive with prices, so that cost is probably as good as it is going to get for the ASUS device in the US. Still, while it is pricier than the Asian version, it is still a well-priced smartphone and can be classed as affordable considering the hardware. It is worth noting that the price on Amazon is for an unlocked device, meaning you can hook it up with any network.
This is the first smartphone to pack 4GB of RAM, something I am sure will become more common as 2015 progresses. There are actually two RAM variants of the ZenFone 2, a DDR3 2GB option and the DDR3 4GB options. In terms of processing power, the handset gets a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor running at 2.3GHz. 16GB/32GB/64GB will be the storage options, with each version coming with expandable space through a micro SD card slot. The smartphone will come with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box and will be dressed with Asus' Zen UI, a solid minimal take on the Android experience. The screen is a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p IPS panel, with a 403 pixel per inch density and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating. In terms of cameras, the ZenFone 2 is rocking a 13 megapixel rear snapper with f/2.0-aperture, autofocus lens with dual-color Real Tone flash. The selfie shooter around the front is a 5 megapixel 85-degree wide-angle lens, while the new additions to the camera software include HDR mode, manual mode, zero shutter, and more. Other details include LTE connectivity, and a 3000 mAh battery that Asus says can charge to 60% in just 39 minutes.
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