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  • 10 0
    8.4

    Date: 1/9/2016

    Good: interesting design, dual-SIM + storage expansion via microSD, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage

    Bad: comparatively high color deviations, battery integrated, even though the rear cover can be removed, wobbly volume rocker at the back, rear cover made of simple plastic, Android buttons not illuminated

    At the beginning of the test, we raised the question whether the Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe is a convenient package. The answer is yes, because there are no real drawbacks. But let us have a look at the positive aspects first. The highlight of the ZenFone 2 De...

  • Good: Great cost/benefit ratio, Big screen with Full HD resolution, Sturdy, Great design, Excellent performance, 5 MP front camera, 13 Mp rear camera, Supports microSD memory card, Support for two SIM cards, Supports 4G LTE, Supports NFC, Fast battery charge...

    Bad: Could be thinner, Does not record movies at 60 fps or at 4K, Shop Related Products, Ads by Amazon, ✕, Thank you, This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again, Report a problem, This item is, Not relevant, Ina...

    Launched last year, the ZenFone 5 was intended to be a smartphone with great cost/benefit ratio. In that, it was successful. Now, ASUS launches this new device, the ZenFone 2, which is very superior to its predecessor, not even being a replacement or a co...

  • Good: Offers great specs for its $200 price, Crisp 5.5inch 1080p display, Great realworld performance, no visible reduction in performance after a month of hard use, Dual SIM capabilities, ASUS' launcher offers good customization, Very easy to root and unlock t...

    Bad: Depending on how the phone is held, the touchscreen can be a little finicky when entering a pin, Like me after takeout, this phone arrives bloated

    Since we're nearing the end of the review and I still haven't touched on the ZenFone 2's camera, I'll do that now. During the time I've had with the phone, I didn't put too much emphasis on photo snapping simply because it became obvious quick that this p...

  • Good: Price, Performance, Audio quality, ZenUI, microSD support, Dual Active SIM

    Bad: Ergonomics, Display brightness

    Its camera may be average, but its audio quality and system performance rival those of flagship devices for only a fraction of the cost. The 1080p 5.5-inch IPS display is incredibly sharp and it comes with 4GB of RAM; features you do not usually find at...

  • The Asus Zenfone 2 may not be newest device on the block but it is certainly worth your attention for a lot of reasons.First of all, the build quality and choice of materials are great. However, the design part is kind of love it or hate it. The phone is...

  • What does the Android community think of the ASUS ZenFone 2?Recently, ASUS and Android Central got together and gave away a slew of ZenFone 2 phones to the community . ASUS is rightfully proud of their new phone (and we think it's pretty good, too) but we...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 7/5/2015

    Good: Snappy and rare highend Intel processors and plenty of RAM. Handy gestures can launch specific apps from standby. Fully customizable skin. Ultracheap, considering what you get. Comes with 5GB of free cloud storage forever, and 100GB of Google Drive storag...

    Bad: Large bezels, poor choice of materials, and too large of a body. So much plastic! Heavy, hard to work with one hand. Capacitive buttons are not illuminated. Comes with a ton of redundant apps that are a chore to get rid of

    Snappy and rare high-end Intel processors and plenty of RAM. Handy gestures can launch specific apps from standby. Fully customizable skin. Ultra-cheap, considering what you get. Comes with 5GB of free cloud storage forever, and 100GB of Google Drive stor...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 6/22/2015

    Good: Appealing low price, Fast, lag-free performance, Asus' software allows deep customization

    Bad: Disgusting amount of bloatware, Camera falls apart outside of ideal conditions, Generic design with bad button layout

    More times than not, the Verge score is based on the average of the subscores below. However, since this is a non-weighted average, we reserve the right to tweak the overall score if we feel it doesn't reflect our overall assessment and price of the produ...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 6/22/2015

    Good: Generous amount of storage offered—64GB in addition to a MicroSD expansion slot, The UIs native theming capabilities are seriously so cool

    Bad: Too. Much. Bloatware, It isn't the prettiest phone on the block, but it will do

    If you're looking for something a little more powerful than the Moto G with a slightly better camera, the ZenFone 2 is worth considering...

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  • Good: Good build quality and sleek design, Great price, Excellent battery life, Good UI with handful of features, Lots of internal storage (64GB) and RAM (4GB), Fast charging, Dual-SIM card support

    Bad: Impractical design, Low maximum screen brightness, Comes with a lot of pre-installed bloatware

    Even though ASUS isn't renown with its mobile devices, we are sure that the Taiwanese company is on the right track. ASUS' flagship smartphone might be missing some key features that are present in today's top-tier handsets like the LG G4, Samsung Galaxy...

  • I was extremely impressed with the Zenfone 2 overall, and after a couple of weeks of constant use I find that I could easily make this my daily driver. From the snappy processor to the fantastic touchscreen (with an excellent IPS display panel under it)...

  • The Asus Zenfone 2 is a pretty good phone with some features that make it borderline great. It has a processor that's fast enough to handle anything you can throw at it, a big screen that looks great for reading, web surfing, gaming, or watching videos...

  • Good: Great display, Enjoyable ZenUI overlay, Great design and build quality, Solid overall performance, Fantastic $299 price point unlocked

    Bad: Battery life, Middling graphics performance, Lackluster camera

    The ZenFone 2 isn't as powerful as the Samsung Galaxy S6 nor the HTC One M9, but it's also half as expensive. When you consider the value proposition (or bang for your buck, as it were), it's hard to really knock Asus' latest. While it occasionally falls...

  • Throughout the course of this review you may have noticed that I often compared the ZenFone 2 to high end smartphones like the Galaxy S6, the iPhone 5s and 6, the LG G3, etc. You may have felt that it was unfair to do so, as those smartphones will cost an...

  • 10 0
    8.3

    Date: 5/29/2015

    Good: Aggressive $199/$299 price, Deep & thought out ZenUI experience, DualSIM, Speedy recharging time, Camera can take some nice looking HDR photos

    Bad: Conventional looking design, Call quality can be challenging, Not as smooth with gaming, Thin sounding speaker quality

    Asus is smart for attacking the entry-level segment of the market, as opposed to breaking into the high-end, which means tangling against some of the juggernauts floating about right now. Spending an intimate amount of time with the Zenfone 2, we're confi...

  • 10 0
    7.8

    Date: 5/28/2015

    Good:  Outstanding software performance,  Dual-SIM support with microSD expansion,  Solid camera for the money,  Excellent value overall

    Bad:  Dim display,  Unremarkable industrial design,  Below-average audio performance,

    Like any smartphone, the ASUS ZenFone 2 is a complicated instrument – and given a more conventional price tag, it would be something of a mixed bag. But append its actual price to the end of any shortcoming, and it becomes pretty tough to dwell on any...

  • Good: Fast, smooth operating system, Powerful Intel Atom processor, Tons of RAM, Display has really wide viewing angles, Long battery, Dual SIM cards

    Bad: Weak camera, Weird power button location, Outdated ZenUI launcher, Somewhat bulky design, Display isn't bright enough

    For $300, the Asus ZenFone 2 gets you super fast performance, a nice 5.5-inch screen and all day battery life...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 5/26/2015

    Good: Amazingly fast and powerful for the price. Good camera. Dual SIMs. Lots of memory.

    Bad: Big and heavy. Dim screen. Heavy Android skin. Too much bloatware

    The Asus ZenFone 2 is the most powerful smartphone you can get for $299, but it isn't the most aesthetically appealing one...

  • The ASUS ZenFone 2 is an impressive device. Packed with Intel's Atom processor, 4GB of RAM, and Android Lollipop, it's a phone to be feared. Also, it's only $249! Our review of the ASUS ZenFone 2 is in the works, so stay tuned!Don't forget to VOTE! Each w...

  • If you are looking for an affordable unlocked phone with near-flagship hardware specifications running on Android 5.0 it is hard to ignore the ASUS ZenFone 2. The Zenfone 2 has the large 5.5-inch display that is craved by many these days and the user expe...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 5/18/2015

    Good: Flagship-level performance and 4GB of RAM, Micro SD storage with two micro-SIM slots, Solid performance, Robust camera features, Just $299 unlocked

    Bad: Mediocre battery life, Weak speakers, Awkward power-button placement, A bit heavy

    With a world's-first 4GB of RAM and U.S.-first Intel Atom CPU, the Asus Zenfone 2 goes toe to toe with other flagship phones for less than half the price....

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 5/18/2015

    Good: The Asus ZenFone 2 delivers smooth performance, an impressive low-light camera, and has a clean feature-rich UI. The 5.5-inch screen is sharp and bright

    Bad: The phone has a cheap bulky feel and an unintuitive button layout. Its non-swappable battery delivers only decent life. The price is too high for its above-average capabilities

    The Asus ZenFone 2 is too expensive for its above-average ability, but if the price agrees with you, the smooth performance and splendid low-light camera won't disappoint....

  • The new Asus Zenfone 2 is a step in the right direction. Asus does not want to take on the big players head on, at least not in the flagship segment, so the Zenfone 2 is going after the pseudo-flagship or upper mid-range market. This means it doesn't exac...

  • Asus has absolutely knocked it out of the park with the Zenfone 2. With the push to include higher quality components without sacrificing the overall price, Asus has shown it can push the boundaries of what we thought was possible as a given price rang...

  • 10 0
    8.9

    Date: 5/11/2015

    Good: Amazing Performance, Great Price, Feature Packed, Good updates

    Bad: Camera is hit and miss, Not the most stylish

    The Asus Zenfone 2, in my opinion, is the OnePlus One of 2015 (until the OP2 is released). It is a absolute bargain of a phone when you see what the phone has to offer for the money, but has fewer issues than the OnePlus phone. It might not be the best...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 5/1/2015

    Good: Ergonomic design, Loaded internals, Expandable storage, DualSIM support with compatibility for 4G networks (on the primary SIM slot)

    Bad: Average battery, ZenUI subdues Material Design language

    “The world's first smartphone with 4GB RAM. But is that all there's to the ZenFone 2? Our review has the answer”While the likes of Motorola and Xiaomi were in the spotlight last year because of their market-defining actions such as helping define the budg...

  • 10 0
    8.5

    Date: 4/14/2015

    Good: Great build quality, Bright and vivid screen, Fast charging technology, Customizable UI, Fantastic performance, MicroSD expansion, Affordable, 4 GB of RAM

    Bad: Mediocre battery, Average camera, Weak speaker

    8.5 Apart from a few drawbacks that can be fixed with software updates, the Asus Zenfone 2 brings a lot to the table in terms of build quality, specifications, and features, and could prove to be very disruptive in the smartphone market with its budget-fr...

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Technical Specifications

Processor

  • Z3580 processor
  • Intel® Atom™
  • 4

Audio

  • 3.5 mm

Battery

  • Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Camera

  • Y
  • 5 MP
  • 13 MP

Design

  • White
  • Y
  • Bar

Display

  • 5.5"
  • IPS
  • Y
  • Y
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 16:9
  • Multi-touch

Intel Technologies

  • Y
  • Y

Networking

  • Y
  • Y
  • Y
  • Y
  • Y
  • IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Operating System & Software

  • Android

Ports & Interfaces

  • MicroSD (TransFlash)
  • 3.5 mm

Weight & Dimensions

  • 6 oz (170 g)
  • 0.429" (10.9 mm)
  • 3.04" (77.2 mm)
  • 6" (152.5 mm)
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