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Asus ZenFone 2 (including the 4 GB RAM model) officially launches tomorrow in Europe

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Asus ZenFone 2 (including the 4 GB RAM model) officially launches tomorrow in Europe
Asus today announced that its ZenFone 2 will be officially available in Europe starting tomorrow, March 31. The first European market to get the new handset is France, where customers will be able to find the ZenFone 2 via Asus Shop, as well as at locations like Auchan, Darty, and Cdiscount.

Asus is bringing three ZenFone 2 models to Europe, all running Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.

First we have the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML, which is the series' flagship, offering features like a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor clocked at 2.34 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, 5 MP front-facing camera, 13 MP rear camera, and 32 GB of internal memory. For a limited period of time, Asus France will sell the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML for just €299 (its regular price will be €349).

The second ZenFone 2 model, the ZE550ML, also comes with a 5.5-inch screen, but its resolution is of only 720 x 1280 pixels. The ZE550ML further features a quad-core 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z3560 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage space. The handset costs €249.

Finally, the cheapest ZenFone 2 is the ZE500CL, which offers a 5-inch 720p display, a dual-core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 2 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of internal memory. Asus will sell the ZE500CL for €179.

We assume that Asus will soon launch the ZenFone 2 in other European markets, as well as in North America (where the 5-inch ZE500CL model is already available, though not directly from Asus).


source: Asus France (1), (2), (3)

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posted on 30 Mar 2015, 16:11 1

1. Wiencon (Posts: 1864; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


I would sell my mother for 4.7 variant with same specs. 5.5 is waay too big for me

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 16:25 1

3. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


if only the 5in variant came with better specs right

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 17:11 1

8. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


5" variant not only has worse specs, it's also very big. It's basically as big as 5,5" version!

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 17:24

11. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


well looking at pic #2 i can clearly tell the 5in is shorter than the 5.5in. like i said if only it had better specs it would be a great phone

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 21:46

17. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


It's just slightly smaller but still massive for a 5 inch device.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 00:50

21. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


agreed

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 01:09

22. Suo.Eno (Posts: 498; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Matter of perspective.. I'm willing to compromise a bit on 1 handed op as long as a 5.5" phone negates the need to carry along a tab, which is what most phablets does very well.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 07:27

25. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Didn't your mother is that cheap o.O

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 16:21

2. mrej201 (Posts: 226; Member since: 04 Feb 2015)


I will but does it work with tmobile lte

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 17:04 1

6. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Yes it does.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVYMtgmOUO4

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 16:50

4. nebula (Posts: 574; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Back body placed speakers should be banned

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 16:53

5. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Pa next time get the variants of the zenfone right when you post a article about which one is being benchmarked because last time you got the low and high end models mixed up and made it seem as if the low end model had the better benchmark score smh sloppy sloppy.

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 17:09

7. alexvv (Posts: 162; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)


not that great value after all. sure it's better than anything at this price (349) but i can't imagine many people giving a premium for the asus over a z2, a s5, a mi4 or an oneplus one

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 17:23

9. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


it has the same scores benchmark wise as the galaxy note 4 it really is a high end like phone bro.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 09:02

27. alexvv (Posts: 162; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)


benchmarks are not everything and few people look at them, and sure i would probably go for the full-hd zenfone cause it's awesome and i know stuff about smartphones but i just stated that very few people will. 350€ is a well-known, premium brand terittory... on the other hand i think the 250€ hd zenfone will go very well.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 12:00

28. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


ok ok ok

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 17:23 1

10. CreeDiddy (Posts: 713; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


4GB of RAM is needed for what?

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 17:41

12. NotAGeek (Posts: 279; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Bragging perhaps?

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 18:34

13. j2001m (Posts: 2934; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


It's only ddr3 so even at 4gb,the ram way slower and not even close to samsung s6 3gb of ram, specs mislead

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 19:03

15. joey_sfb (Posts: 5728; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Only Samsung S6 is DDR4, the rest including S5, Note 3, Note 4 are still DDR3 same as Asus.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 00:00 1

19. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Yeah half price though. People always forget about that important spec.

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 20:18

33. james58385 (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


It's dual-channel 4GB RAM if you read previous specs.. Of course DDR4 is out of the question, GS6 is a flagship, unfair comparison.

Also the display resolution is stressing the GPU too much on the GS6, causing lower than expected framerate.. Even the 8-core Mali T760 has trouble handling 2K competitively.

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 19:00

14. joey_sfb (Posts: 5728; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Android caches apps for quicker multi tasking. In fact the OS has a habit of cache up to 80% available RAM.

The next gen of mobile games with OpenGL ES 3.1+AEP will definite require 2GB or 3GB as minimum, 4GB as recommended.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 00:02

20. nodes (Posts: 719; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


yes, like the horse power on S6, and it's QHD screen.
all they need is optimization, the specs is way over powerful.
just look at the on-screen performance of S6, it's really bad.
if only Samsung went with 1080p on S6, i will definitely buy it, i've seen the performance of QHD on the Note 4, and no thanks.

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 19:29

16. SemiFinal (Posts: 117; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)


How does that Atom Z3580 stack up against the Snapdragon 801?

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 22:06

18. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Smokes the 801is on par with the 805 and actually beats the Note 4 by a little. Not bad for $300.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Asus-ZenFone-2-scores-over-50K-on-AnTuTu_id66459

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 02:31

23. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1522; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Very similar specs to the SD801, both in GPU and CPU.
GPU:
http://gfxbench.com/compare.jsp?benchmark=gfx31&D1=Asus+ZenFone+2+%28Intel+Z3580%2C+Z00AD+ZE551ML%29&os1=Android&api1=gl&D2=Samsung+Galaxy+S5+%28SM-G900%2C+SM-G900x%2C+SC-04F%2C+SCL23%29&cols=2
CPU:
http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/compare/2215330?baseline=2201426

That's unless you trust Antutu...

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 12:01

29. SemiFinal (Posts: 117; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)


I might replace my S5 then. It's a good phone but I've been having a hard time with it lol

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 16:41

30. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


You again.

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2417274

"Benchmarks from the video
They did not list clock speed for the comparable parts. That said they mention MSM8974 which is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chip (no clue on clockspeed)

Mobile XPRT
Z3580 Quad Core at 2.2 ghz - 300
Krait 400 Quad Core - 159
A53 Octo Core - 143
A7 Octo Core - 125
A7 Quad Core - 95

webXERT
Z3580 Quad Core at 2.2 ghz - 581
Krait 400 Quad Core - 382
A53 Octo Core - 173
A7 Octo Core - 165
A7 Quad Core - 132

GFX Bench
T-Rex Offscreen
Z3580 Quad Core at 2.2 ghz - 31
Krait 400 Quad Core - 26.7
A53 Octo Core - 14.9
A7 Octo Core - 10.3
A7 Quad Core - 3.8

3d Mark Ice Storm Unlimited
Z3580 Quad Core at 2.2 ghz - 20790
Krait 400 Quad Core - 16179
A53 Octo Core - 9363
A7 Octo Core - 5385
A7 Quad Core - 2898"

Again smokes the 801 unless of course you trust the other guy.

posted on 01 Apr 2015, 13:47

31. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1522; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I´m not sure if you brain gets that far, but why do you answer to my post if you want SemiFinal to see it?

And again: those are NOT real benchmarks, just what ASUS is promoting, therefore geekbench as an example is out of their list.
And not to mention that comparing the Z3580 with A7, A53 and Krait 400 is like saying: as we can´t compete with the big guys we give you the numbers of the ones we can compete with. LOL

posted on 01 Apr 2015, 14:28

32. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1522; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


One example of why those are NOT REAL benchmarks.
ASUS promotion:
GFX Bench T-Rex Offscreen Z3580 Quad Core at 2.2 ghz - 31 FPS
Crude reality: 26 FPS (same as SD 801)
http://gfxbench.com/device.jsp?benchmark=gfx30&os=Android&api=gl&did=25145317&D=Asus%20ZenFone%202%20%28Intel%20Z3580%2C%20Z00AD%20ZE551ML%29

Stop confusing promotion with benchmarks!

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 06:37

24. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


OPO my ass, this right here is the real flagship killer!

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 08:17

26. bpcooper14 (Posts: 20; Member since: 14 May 2014)


Bring it to the US so I can use it on ATT...Please!!!

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