The ASUS Zenfone 2 is a mid-range smartphone and though it may well’t be thought-about a flagship mannequin, it does have a variety of aces up the sleeve.
The mannequin we’re going to overview is the one with 5.5 inch display, 4GB RAM and 32GB storage.
Zenfone 2 encompasses a plastic case with a brushed steel end, mushy rounded corners and shiny bezels. At a primary look, the cellphone might sound premium however after after a re-assessment and after you truly maintain it in hand, the case does really feel a bit low-cost.
The Zenfone 2 is considerably cumbersome, with 6.0×3.0×0.4 in and weighs 6 ounces, however total, the construct high quality is stable, it does not retain fingerprints, the grip is fairly good, however we did discover one other fault into the design.
Just like the LG G4, ASUS opted for the buttons to be on the again, however though LG received it proper, ASUS appears to have failed, the facility button is weirdly positioned on the highest of the case and the amount controller is simply too skinny and uncomfortable.
The again of the cellphone may be eliminated for entry to the dual-SIM and the MicroSD slots.
Be aware: The Zenfone 2 integrates twin microSD playing cards into the interface making it a breeze to journey between SIM playing cards.
The audio is offered by a single tiny speaker underneath a giant grill on the backside facet of the again of the cellphone.
The Zenfone 2 encompasses a 5.5in IPS LED-Backlit show with a decision of 1920x1080p and a pixel density of 403ppi. Additionally, the display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and has nice viewing angles.
The Zenfone 2 will do tremendous with video games or web movies, however there’s a downside with brightness, as attempting to see the show underneath direct daylight is kind of troublesome.
Nonetheless, the photographs look sharp, has nearly full sRGB gamut, the colors are balanced sufficient, though a bit undersaturated (the blacks might have been darker), it’s fairly correct with saturation of main colors and contemplating that it’s a mid-range cellphone, the show does serve its function.
The Zenfone 2 encompasses a 2.3GHz 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, backed by a PowerVR Collection 6 G6430 GPU, 4GB DDR3 RAM (there’s a cheaper cellphone model that options solely 2GB RAM), 32GB native storage reminiscence and a attainable addition of as much as 64GB by means of the microSD slot.
Surprisingly to some, Intel is as succesful as Qualcomm and the 4 GB RAM is a good function that helps rather a lot and you’ll positively see the cellphone power whereas multitasking or enjoying resource-heavy video games.
General, we felt that the Zenfone 2’s efficiency was on par with every other high-phone (Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6), the apps launched rapidly, we performed a big array of video games (from primary to resource-heavy) easily and with none issues, watching Netflix was clean and as stated earlier than multitasking was extremely nicely dealt with.
ASUS Zenfone options the most recent Android, the Lollipop 5.0, however it’s closely modified into the extra sophisticated and intriguing ASUS Zen UI.
The Zen UI interface has a minimalist look, it really works clean and has a excessive quantity of customization accessible, from the theme packs to icon type and title font dimension, leaving you with a very distinctive and actually to your liking interface.
ASUS has included some fascinating apps that can positively assist ease your exploration and use of the cellphone. Some value mentioning are the File Supervisor, the Do It Later app (built-in process checklist), Autowizard, Energy Saver and extra.
Sadly, most “native” apps can’t be uninstalled (and they’re rather a lot) resulting in some bloatware so be ready to spend a number of hours of app disabling.
When it comes to connectivity, the Zenfone 2 has Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 802.11ac WiFi and LTE.
The primary digicam has a 13-megapixel sensor and f/2.0 aperture, that means it’s a pretty primary digicam that does handle to seize high quality photographs.
Be aware: Sadly there isn’t a optical picture stabilization.
Some minor inconveniences we observed are that in vibrant sceneries, the colors appeared a bit oversaturated and on low mild, you possibly can brighten the image however it’ll value you 3-megapixel.
The digicam options 17 capturing modes and a few fascinating options are the HDR choice and Tremendous Decision Mode.
One wonderful thing about the Zenfone’s 2 digicam is that it is quick and there’s no lag between pictures.
Each the entrance and the rear cameras can shoot 1080p movies at 30 frames per second.
The Zenfone 2 encompasses a non-removable 3000 mAh battery. As a result of it has a fairly highly effective CPU, the facility consumption is fairly excessive.
Nonetheless, when it rally issues, the cellphone does have a sensible saving mode that balances the efficiency with energy consumption (when the battery is working low).
On medium to mild use, the cellphone will take you thru the day.
The Zenfone 2 prices comparatively quick and similar to the LG G4 it reaches from 0 to 100 in about one hour and a half.
With the intention to value $300, the ASUS Zenfone 2 did minimize a variety of corners, the design is not that nice, the digicam is nice however might have been higher, however taking a look at how nicely it performs, the good software program and the 5.5″ display, the Zenfone 2 is unquestionably a steal.
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