Asus ZenFone 2 can be a great Android smartphone competitor

Asus recently introduced the ZenFone 2, its latest smartphone with an appealing price yet with interesting specs and performance.

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The ZenFone 2 is a budget smartphone with a design that kinda look like the LG’s but in a tough plastic shell. It has a 5.5-inch touch display at 1080 resolution which is good for gaming, streaming music and recording videos.

Like the LG G4 smartphone, the ZenFone 2 also sports a mounted volume buttons on the device’s back but without the power switch placed in-between, instead it’s at the top of the phone itself and along with the speaker fixed below. But if you see it hard to make the smartphone power–on, it does offer a handy tricks like the tap-to-wake and or tap-to-sleep gestures, which is a pretty interesting software added feature. Besides the gestures, you can as well set up to open or launch an app by letting you draw letters on the screen, let’s say Z which opens up either your favorite social media or photo sharing app like the Instagram.

ZenFone 2 sports a 13-megapixel main camera which can shoot awesome, sharp photos in daylight, not to mention its low-light mode feature which is great for night time shots. It can snap fast but didn’t I say it also has 18 camera modes useful for a good HDR and or Super Resolution images at 13-megapixel up to 52-megapixel photo resolution?

With its attractive specifications, the ZenFone 2 can stand on its own, from multi-tasking, playing heavy graphics game apps, to streaming movies and browsing the web is a breeze and without issues or any lag we used to experience in a premium Android smartphone. The ZenFone 2 is powered by Intel’s processor with RAM of up to 4GB and runs the Asus’ ZenUI rooted over an Android 5.0 Lollipop mobile operating system.

ASUS ZenFone 2 Specifications:

Platform: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Color: Black/White/Red/Gray/Gold
Dimensions: 77.2 x 152.5 x 3.9 ~ 10.9 mm (WxDxH)
Weight: 170 g
CPU: Intel® Atom™ Quad Core Z3580 (2.3GHz), PowerVR G6430, with OpenGL 3.0 support; Intel® Atom™ Quad Core Z3560 (1.8GHz), PowerVR G6430, with OpenGL 3.0 support
Memory: 2GB/4GB LPDDR3 RAM
Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB eMMC Flash; 5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage
Memory Slot: MicroSD card (up to 64 GB)
Modem: Intel 7262 + Intel 2230
Display: 5.5inches, Full HD 1920x1080,IPS, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Battery: 3000 mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable)
Camera: Front 5 Mega-Pixel, Fix Focus, Wide View, PixelMaster, Rear 13 Mega-Pixel, Auto Focus, PixelMaster
Sensor: G-Sensor/E-Compass/Gyroscope/Proximity/Ambient Light Sensor

While it comes in a ZenUI skin with various animations for transition and which has a pretty good set of advanced features as well as built-in, stock useful applications, you can customized the smartphone with a new skin appearance and or with some useful Google apps for personal look and experience.

When it comes to battery capacity, the Asus ZenFone 2 supports fast charging from empty to 100 percent in about 1 ½ hours which can make it about a day of regular use.

With a $200 pleasing price for the standard version and $300 for its counterpart model, at least with the phone’s interesting features bundled with faster, reliable Intel processor and an exquisite performance, the Asus ZenFone 2 can be a great Android smartphone competitor, aside from it’s clever enough, it costs half compared to the premium Galaxy S6 and LG G4.


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