Asus ZenFone 2 - where to buy the $199 beast in the USA and Canada
It's not just the bargain bin pricing that makes this phone special, though. Its chipset, the Intel Z3580 Atom chip, is the first to have both the CPU and the baseband made entirely by Intel, which is something all Qualcomm competitors have been struggling with until now. We don't have very high expectations for the Atom SoC's graphics processing grunt, as it has the same GPU as the iPhone 5s, sans Apple's graphics optimizations. But we still think the ZenFone 2 could deliver more than expected. Well, unless it's fundamentally broken in some way or ASUS gives it the "cheap product" treatment and stops updating it in a year.
If you're ready to pounce on the ZenFone 2, you can find it in the following places starting now. Shipping dates are listed within 2 to 4 weeks, which means ASUS is still growing its supply and you'll have to wait a while if you order now.