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Should Zenfone 5 Users Upgrade to Zenfone 2 CL?

Zenfone 2 ZE550CL
ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE550CL

Should you get this if you already have the Zenfone 5?

Last weekend ASUS Philippines have announced the two Zenfone 2 SKUs that they’ll be releasing. Included in the official list is the ZE500CL, a device that is wildly different from the two other Zenfone 2 SKUs. It’s actually closer to the current Zenfone 5 than the Zenfone 2. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself:

Zenfone 2 vs Zenfone 5 comparo

We’ve been talking to other tech heads and we all agree: the Zenfone 2 ZE550CL may be ASUS’ replacement for the Zenfone 5. It makes sense: with the arrival of the higher-priced Zenfone 2 ZE551ML, ASUS will need a device to take over on the sub 8K price range. You can read here what we thought of the Zenfone 5.

ASUS Zenfone 5
ASUS Zenfone 5

But as far as specs go, the Zenfone 2 ZE550CL isn’t that too far off from the original Zenfone 5 – it sports the same processor, display resolution and while it has  ASUS’ PixelMaster camera, it’s not the same, improved one on the higher Zenfone 2 SKUs.

So what does the ZE550CL have? Well, it starts with 16GB of storage over the 8GB version that ASUS sold originally when the Zenfone 5 arrived in the PH. It also receives a 390mAh battery bump over the Zenfone 5. It also has the new, Zenfone 2 back cover and more importantly it gets LTE capability though drops the dual SIM setup.

The big question is: should you upgrade to the ZE550CL if you already have the Zenfone 5? The answer is no. There’s not much in terms of specs here to justify paying extra for the Zenfone 2 ZE550CL. While the SKU has the label of the Zenfone 2, it’s still very much an upgraded version of the Zenfone 5.

It’s actually better for Zenfone 5 owners to sell their current units then upgrade to the ZE551 instead of getting the ZE550CL or the grey market ZE550ML units that are floating around now. You can check out Carlo’s hands-on video on the higher spec Zenfone 2 above, and find out why he thinks that the ZE551 (specifically, the 4GB RAM variant) is better value for money.

 

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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10 Comments

  1. ehh wut? Basically it’s just a “slightly” upgraded Zenfone 5,

    *Lollipop
    *Lte
    *Addition 400Mah battery

    I think it’s not really worth the upgrade or it’s not really an upgrade, also the ZF5 will get lollipop update later on, Oh and unless you “badly” need an lte then it’s go to.

  2. Nope Alcatel Flash plus is a better upgrade RIP Asus Zenfone 2 CL
    http://www.yugatech.com/mobile/alcatel-flash-plus-in-the-flesh-first-impressions/comment-page-2/#comments
    5.5-inch IPS LCD @ 720×1280 pixels, 268ppi
    Dragontrail Glass, Japan OGS full lamination
    Mediatek MT6752M 1.5GHz octa-core processor
    Mali T760 MP2 GPU
    2GB RAM
    16GB internal storage
    up to 32GB via microSD
    USB OTG support
    Dual-SIM, Dual-LTE, FDD/TD-LTE
    13MP rear camera with Sony IMX214 1/3.06-inch CMOS sensor, LED flash, f2.0
    8MP front-facing camera, f2.0
    WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
    Bluetooth 4.0
    GPS with aGPS support
    Li-Ion 3,500mAh battery
    Android 4.4.4 Kitkat (upgradeable to Lollipop)
    152.10 x 76.20 x 8.10mm (dimensions)
    150 grams (weight)
    Price: Php6,990

  3. Tanong ko lang po kung lag free po sa mga games katulad ng DT2 at Asphalt 8 at magandang gamitin para sa microsoft office mobile tyaka kung maganda ding magbasa sa cp na to gamit yung adobe reader

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