- ZE551ML (5.5″, 1080p display, 4GB RAM, 32GB) – 8990 NT$ (~US $285)
- ZE551ML (5.5″, 1080p display, 2GB RAM, 32GB) – 6990 NT$ (~US $221)
- ZE550ML (5.5″, 720p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB) – 5990 NT$ (~US $190)
- ZE550CL (5″, 720p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB) – 4990 NT$ (~US $158)
Asus releases the Zenfone 2, slaps sub-$300 price tag on the 4 GB RAM model
32. Doakie (Posts: 1855; Member since: 06 May 2009)
It will succeed on a global level, but with no US release date there's no hope for us to enjoy it over here... I wanted a first gen Zenfone 6 here in the states and that didn't happen and I ended up with a OnePlus One.
At this point I don't care who makes it, what I want is a 5.5"-6.0" phone with a 5,000-6,000 mAh battery. I have my OnePlus One which lasts well through a full day. Then I also have my backup phone the Blu Studio Energy which is insane and can last two days. What I want it a two day flagship.
49. okuyok (Posts: 46; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)
Why do you think Phone arena would bother converting the price to U.S. dollars if they phone isn't coming here? lol. The Zenfone 2 is coming to the United states in April. This has been confirmed by Asus. I don't know why the story above doesn't mention the U.S. I'm sure it was just an oversite.
58. Doakie (Posts: 1855; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Haven't you noticed that manufacturers and news sites always convert things into USD? Hell the first gen Zenfones were announced in USD by Jerry Shen yet they never made it here...
60. okuyok (Posts: 46; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)
The first Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 were never slated to be released in the U.S. The prices for the Zenfone 2 HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED BY ASUS! Not being cocky, just making a point. The price was stated at CES and on Twitter, what more do you want? There are always slight variations in exact price, but Asus said the 5.5" varient will start at $199 and in reality it actually starts at $190.
25. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
And I really hope Asus does well. They make some great gaming laptop I have to say.
40. waddup121 (unregistered)
This phone will succeed. Why? No wonky invite system! (Asus NAILED IT!)
45. phrancis (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)
And I now feel buyer's remorse for just buying a 1+1 - unless that atom processor sucks...
2. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)
Two years ago, I paid NT22,000 for a brand new HTC Butterfly. You dont know how jealous I am right now.
9. vincelongman (Posts: 3980; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
This phone makes my US$350 Nexus 5 look overpriced
Something I never thought I'd say when I bought it
50. okuyok (Posts: 46; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)
Don't feel bad, when you bought it it was not overpriced. Times change, technology advances, phones are getting a lot cheaper.
59. vincelongman (Posts: 3980; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Very true, I was amazed by this phones' price :)
Also I still sticking with my Nexus 5, it keeps getting better with age, especially now with 5.1!
3. kkmkk (Posts: 450; Member since: 06 May 2013)
this phone and asus products has a great quality in general point of view .. great deal
16. dimas (Posts: 1823; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)
Zenfone 4 have overheating issues. My sister discarded her months old zenfone 4 because she feel the device get hot by just an hour of web browsing and there are small number of complaints in tech support in this aspect. I hope Asus and Intel will fix this issue in their upcoming gadgets.
42. dimas (Posts: 1823; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)
So if people will buy the upper tier Zenfone and get the same problems, you're just going to tell them WYPIWG too? This is Asus, not some crappy unknown Chinese manufacturer. Just shut up if you don't like people pointing out the faults on gadgets.
5. sram145 (Posts: 127; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)
WOW. nice specs for the price you pay. I just hope that the intel processor included is a decent performer.
12. TyrionLannister (unregistered)
The processor is on par with the Snapdragon 801, if not slightly better.
13. Finalflash (Posts: 2725; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Problem is support for the processor might me limited like the Tegra issues.
18. sram145 (Posts: 127; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)
Yeah.. i am using Tegra note 7 and i could not install few apps and it shows some compatibility errors with the processor.
34. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
May have issues but we have to support Intel and x86 to keep prices competitive and make sure Qualcomm doesn't get lazy like they did with the 810.
33. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Actually it blows the 801 out of the water more comparable with 805.
14. lalalaman (Posts: 627; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
It scores 39000 to 40000 on atuntu....it goes around sd801 i guess
62. okuyok (Posts: 46; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)
Interestingly it scored 50K on a test phone that had the 2.33GHz but a 720p screen, not 1080p. Funny, because there is no Zenfone 2 in that configuration being sold.
41. hurrycanger (Posts: 1553; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
That would be great. I feel a bit weird that it wasn't mentioned.
48. justsayit (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 May 2013)
but almost all android apps are written in ARM architecture,not Intel ones.
and i heard that soc doesnt have good gpu
7. joey_sfb (Posts: 5256; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Almost perfect. Just wish they have a higher, Screen-to-body ratio: 70.35 % is a bit on the low side.
I hope it will be at least 73% for my phone purchase.
52. okuyok (Posts: 46; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)
It's 72% which is right in with most highend phones and much better than the iPhone 6 which is only around 65%.
8. sram145 (Posts: 127; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)
And i just wonder if 4GB is really needed for a smartphone?!
10. vincelongman (Posts: 3980; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
But why not?
Its just $64 more, and you get a better processor too
11. sram145 (Posts: 127; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)
Ofc i would get 4 GB since 64$ is more. but my question is more in general like "Why would anyone need 4GB RAM in a smartphone? I am not sure if there would be a performance difference between a 3GB one and a 4 GB one "
31. joey_sfb (Posts: 5256; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
i already use my smart phone for most of my computing needs. Mirror my smartphone screen to a big screen TV and use my bluetooth keyboard/mouse combo to prepare my work documents, surf phonearena, play mobile games with bluetooth controller.
Next day i carry my computing device with me to work. That's why i always prefer to buy high end devices.
39. ridoy (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)
lemme give you your answr:
Zenfone 2 4gb ram variant has Dual Channel ram setup. so, though you wont be going to use the whole 4gb ram but whichever amount you gonna use, you will get double speed of a single dimm ram. understand?
15. lalalaman (Posts: 627; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
2gb ram with 32gb for me, i wish its under 250 $ in other markets too
63. okuyok (Posts: 46; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)
I might even get tha 720p 16gb version, I'm not a gamer (just simple games that don't take a lot of processing power). I just text and browse the web and check my email so I'm thinking the cheapest variant will be fine for me and the 720p screen looks good enough.
17. jonartpop (Posts: 168; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
I'm so getting the 5" model. Can't wait til it gets released in Indonesia.
19. shahrooz (Posts: 702; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)
well done asus, I will get one for my dad's birthday.
24. PryvateiDz (Posts: 133; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
But what happened to the 64GB interal storage model that they presented and talked about at CES 2015?
27. bpcooper14 (Posts: 18; Member since: 14 May 2014)
United States release date? I might have to pick this up and pass my OPO on.
28. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)
This and the OnePlus Two are going to kill if they can make it to the US in any significant numbers.
It would redefine the expectations of a midrange device.
30. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)
Does anyone else think this looks like a G3, freaking Asian companies copy cats.
55. okuyok (Posts: 46; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)
It doesn't really look that similar. Google images and compare.
66. okuyok (Posts: 46; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)
Umm, LG copied the backbutton. They weren't the first to do it.
35. danceosmsiles (Posts: 18; Member since: 07 Feb 2015)
Asus just nailed it ....................One plus one chief said so ...hustlers are coming .......
44. sparksco (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)
The article does not mention if it will be sold in the U.S. Why have a CES annocment in Las Vegas U.S. then not get the phones here in march as said in CES.