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Asus Zenfone 2 Initial Review: CERTIFIED BEAST of a Smartphone!

The Asus Zenfone 2
The Asus Zenfone 2

Zenfone Fans Rejoice Because the Zenfone 2 is a BEAST!

We managed to get hands-on time with the new Asus Zenfone 2 and we can honestly say without any hesitation that this device is shaping up to be the best bang-for-your-buck smartphone under Php10,000.

It’s a monster piece of tech that will just satisfy hardcore techies and non-techies alike! Underneath the hood we have very competitive specifications as it runs Intel’s latest 64-bit Atom quad-core processor paired with either 2GB or 4GB of RAM. It also has LTE connectivity, dual-SIM capabilities, and runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop software.

For the non-techies the phone just looks ridiculously amazing and sleek thanks to the 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display and the brushed aluminum finish. The device comfortable sits in the users’ hand thanks to the curved and thin edges. There’s also a full suite of accessories that you can get for the Asus Zenfone 2.

Here’s a short hands-on and initial impressions video that we made while we were on the floor of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

ASUS Zenfone 2 specs

  • Intel 64-bit Atom 1.8GHz Z3560 quadcore/2.3GHz Z3580 quadcore processor
  • 2GB/4GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch full HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 16/32/64GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, f/2.0-aperture, 5-element, auto-focus lens with dual-color Real Tone flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera, f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle 85-degree lens with Selfie Panorama
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, NFC
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI
  • 3000mAh battery
  • 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9-3.9mm

All of this you get for just… $199 (roughly Php8.8k – Php9k)***? Man that is crazy value for money. Based on our short time with it we can already say confidently that the Asus Zenfone 2 is a BEAST. If you’re on a tight budget and you want a gorgeous smartphone without breaking the bank, this is it.

*** See update below ***

Perhaps our only concern or criticism really is the placement of the power/wake button which Asus put at the top. It’s actually hard to get to since the display is big at 5.5-inches. It’s not a deal breaker but it’s definitely a hassle. We’re kinda amazed that the engineers or marketing peeps of Asus weren’t able to see that as a problem.

*** UPDATE: There’s a lot of confusion right now with regards to the pricing. Apparently the $199 price tag is for a lower end version of the Zenfone 2 (smaller display and slightly lower specs). With that said this model that we featured probably will not sell for $199 and we will have to wait and see what the real SRP will be.

As soon as we get more info re: local release, we will update all of you guys here on Unbox.

>> Click here to check out our on-going Mobile World Congress 2015 Coverage in Barcelona, Spain <<

To end here are a few more photos:

You can get a soft type flip cover for it. Reminds you a lot of the LG G3 eh?
You can get a soft type flip cover for it. Reminds you a lot of the LG G3 eh?
Or you can get a hard type material flip case!
Or you can get a hard type material flip case!
There's a version with a soft matte finish back plate as well
There’s a version with a soft matte finish back plate as well

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Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime heโ€™s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime heโ€™s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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17 Comments

  1. Rear volume keys? Quick circle like case? 5.5 inch? Am I seeing another LG G3 clone here? Haha. Jk. But such a bang for the buck if it’s priced at below 10k when it reaches here.

  2. Sir Carlo, parang may mali sa pricing…palagay ko yung $199 ay yung entry level Zenfone 2 (5 inches, 720p, 2 GB RAM)

    Too good to be true kase kung yan yung 1080p, 5.5 inches

      1. According to Phone Arena, the price range for the different variants of the Zenfone 2 is between $199 to $439. The price difference has to do with the screen size and resolution and the processor speed and RAM. It will have a 5-inch display variant which will be the cheapest. At mid-level price is the 5.5 inch variant with a 780 x 1280 resolution, a 1.8GHz processor and 2GB RAM. The highest priced variant will be 5.5 inch also but with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 and a 2.3GHz processor and 4GB RAM.

  3. Marami back ng asus zenphone 5 saservice ng aikontech sa alimall sa akin dalawa andun mag 2mos na

  4. Sir Carlo, need expert advise. Zenfone 2 not withstanding, for a measly budget of 7k, would the current Zenfone 5 still be my best bet or are there other options that I’m not seeing right now (mostly because of my eyes glued to the Zenfone brochure)?

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