Review: Alternative flagship for value minded consumers
The new Asus Zenfone 2 is all about offering high-end specs at mid-range prices, but does it really live up to the hype?
The Zenfone 2 family was announced a couple of months ago, but the rollout has been slow. Asus has a few different SKUs and different price points, but today we will be looking at the mid-tier Zenfone 2 with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
Right off the bat, we must point out that the Zenfone 2 is almost unique in its choice of chipset. Qualcomm and MediaTek reign supreme as the world’s biggest smartphone processor suppliers, but the Zenfone 2 boasts an Intel Inside sticker. It is powered by Intel Moorefield silicon, and our test unit came with an Atom Z3560 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
Aside from the unorthodox chipset, the Zenfone doesn’t offer much in the way of unique features. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel camera, the regular range of connectivity options and an all-plastic build.
While it has some high-end credentials, the pricing is decidedly mid-range, so the 4GB/32GB unit sells for $325, while the 2GB/16GB model goes for about $260. As a time limited offer, this particular version is available for $275 via GearBest (coupon ASZ4GB).
Not bad, but let’s take a closer look.