Asus ZenFone 2 - where to buy the $199 beast in the USA and Canada

Asus ZenFone 2 - where to buy the $199 beast in the USA and Canada
What's a ZenFone 2? Well, it's made by ASUS, and although we're wary of making such statements before we've had a product for testing and review... this thing already seems like an outrageous bargain! Basically, you can either get a full-blown, Intel-powered Android smartphone with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM for $199 in the USA ($249 in Canada), or double your spending and get a 64GB storage / 4GB RAM device for $299 ($379 in Canada), which we think is absolutely the way to go, unless you're shopping for someone else.

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. 

Still, a $199-$299 device packing cutting-edge technology arguably sounds impressive. Throw in the 5.5-inch 1080p display, the dual-LED flash, OIS camera, and LTE while you're at it, and you have the makings of a cheap flagship.

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.

USA

Amazon | NewEgg | Groupon | B&H


Canada

NewEgg | Canada Computers | Memory Express | NCIX



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ZenFone 2
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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30 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

Awesome awesome

13. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Awesome. I don't know a single person who doesn't regret purchasing an x86 phone.

14. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Ofc you dont cause you got iPhone lol

2. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

please tell me please does this work on cdma networks in the states

6. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Sorry, GSM only as far as I know :/

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Please don't beg for a good selection of phones if you knowingly signed up for Verizon or Sprint... You have no one to blame but yourself.

18. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

He just asked a question. Instead of being condescending, you could have been a decent person and answered it.

20. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

No plans for CDMA, unfortunately. It is an affordable phone, but you are looking at a chipset with 4GB of RAM that doesn't benchmark well against last years chips, so don't feel too bad. My advice would be to pick up an S5 second hand and you will be just as happy with it.

21. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Huh? It benches pretty well against the Note 4 what are you talking about? Smokes the 801 and is almost as good as the 805 depending on which benchmark.

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 2299; Member since: May 04, 2015

Doesn't benchmark against what exactly? I own the Z3580 version and my Antutu is 47,000+. Others are above 48,000. The GPU isn't the latest but it has respectable figures. Having said that benchmarks aren't the ultimate gauge and this phone is super smooth and completely lag free. Asus are giving the US consumer a fantastic, high performance alternative to the price gouging of Apple and Samsung (Note 4 excepted).

25. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Hey look at this it beats the Galaxy S6 on PC Mark LOLOLOL. http://www.anandtech.com/show/9261/asus-zenfone-2-preview/3 Like i said Samsungs Fauxteen nm should not be compared to Intels 14nm. It barely hangs with Intel 22 nm which it really is after all not 14.

26. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Where you at Tylergrunter? Barely beats the 801? Lol

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Usually ASUS does pretty good job with updates so I wouldn't worry about that

4. TypicalGeek

Posts: 214; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

I just placed an order through Newegg this morning. Can't wait.

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I saw that on the newegg email flyer! i wanted one too but it's hard to upgrade to that from my Z2. Maybe I will wait for ZenPhone 3

8. TypicalGeek

Posts: 214; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

I would personally stick with Z2. I was planning to get Z3, but new Sony flagship is around the corner, that's why I get a Zenfone 2 while waiting for it. I picked ZF2 over Z3 because of the price and massive 64gb internal.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Motorola should learn something from Asus.

11. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually I think Asus learnt this from Moto G, but Asus delivered on the High End spectrum instead of the Midrange

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I want one. I'm totally planning on switching to this from the OnePlus One. Main reasons are 4 GB of RAM, and 39 minute quick charge.

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I take it back. This is from the Asus website, "Not only does it have a big capacity, ZenFone 2 also comes with the exclusive ASUS BoostMaster Technology that can charge your ZenFone 2 at double the speed. With BoostMaster, your battery is juiced up to 60% in no more than 39 minutes!" It's not 39 minutes to a full charge. I think I'll hang onto my OnePlus One...

17. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

OnePlus One takes 2hrs to 100%. Going to 60% in 39 minutes sounds pretty great.

15. seban1988

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

I have a question, does it really have an OIS Camera? Some reviews don't clarify this information.

19. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It doesn't have OIS but the consensus seems to be that the camera is pretty good.

30. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Not really, ASUS seems to be having problems post-processing, or it could be the awful sensor from Toshiba as well. See GSMArena review, I have to agree with them.

16. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

nice phone.

22. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

what about high-end 3d games? will be hot after 5 min play the game?

27. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Nope https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK-SVUUwdPg You can even have ADD mode and switch between multiple high end games without lag!

23. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I have some mixed feelings about this. One part of me wants ASUS to succeed with their smart-devices, the other part worries they'd eventually phase out their PC+PC part business if this goes on better as planned. :/

28. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

They wouldn't do that. This is just adding to their portfolio of successful businesses.

29. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I doubt they'd phase out the PC stuff unless the PC stuff was showing consistent drops in sales, and PC is relatively stable right now.

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