ASUS has always had its candidates in the “affordable premium” segment of the smartphones and the latest one to join the fray is the ASUS Zenfone 2. It made headlines with its beastly amount of RAM, plus a few tricks up its sleeves.
As far as looks go, the Zenfone 2 looks quite a lot like its predecessors with some not-so-minor differences. While the front sports the same general styling, the Zenfone 2 also features a curved back design that makes it easier to hold as well as a rear mounted volume control that doubles up as camera button just under the lens.
In terms of specs, the Zenfone 2 is one of the few devices currently out in the market that sports 4GB RAM, alongside the Lenovo K80 and the Xiaomi Note Pro. The sheer amount of RAM makes a lot of difference in terms of performance, especially for more cluttered systems with lots of bloatware.
The Zenfone 2 also gets a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 Processor at 2.3GHz with 4GB but there are more affordable variants with lower spec Intel processors mated to a decent 2GB RAM. ASUS has had a history of using Intel processors since they debuted the ASUS VivoTab in 2012 and it doesn’t look like this will change anytime soon. Almost every Zenfone released (except for Zenfone 5 LTE) to date has had one under the hood.
The device also sports a dual-SIM setup with support up to 4G LTE on the first slot. You also get a 3,000mAh battery as well as Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box with ZenUI 2.0 on top. As far as the screen is concerned, it’s a larger 5.5 inch IPS display that pushes a higher Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. The model that we got to test is the top of the line Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) with 32GB storage capacity, meaning we get the whole beastly 4GB RAM to test out.