Asus Zenfone 2 now has a budget $229 option with 4GB of RAM

Asus Zenfone 2 now has a budget $229 option with 4GB of RAM
The battle of the entry-level devices has been heating up for Android manufacturers and Asus wants to stake its claim in that market. The original Asus Zenfore 2 was a okay option at $199 compared to other phones in the category, but Asus wants to make the device a bit more appealing by adding a new option that doubles the RAM of the original and only costs $229.

This means that rather than the base option Zenfone 2 which offers 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage for $199, you can get 4GB of RAM and the same storage for $229. Originally, the only way to get 4GB of RAM in the Zenfone 2 was to opt for the 64GB storage level and pay $299. Of course, you'll still be getting the Intel Atom processor either way, plus a 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE, dual SIM card slots, a microSDXC card reader, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front camera.

In terms of pricing, Asus appears to be aiming to take another step beyond the Moto G, which has an option at $219 for 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. Even with 2GB of RAM, the Zenfone 2 beat the Moto G in our benchmarks, so this makes the decision a bit more interesting. 

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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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25 Comments

1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

This is the best budget phone out there. Nothing can touch it. Not even Moto G now.

9. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

What US carriers are this phone phone OPTIMIZED for?

11. ShadowHammer

Posts: 192; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Not sure what you mean by optimized, but the Zenfone 2 should have good LTE connectivity on ATT and T-Mobile networks. The phone comes unlocked, so there aren't carrier-specific models to my knowledge.

14. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

T-Mobile LTE Band 12 supported?

24. ShadowHammer

Posts: 192; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

No, according to Phonearena's database. But it does have band 4, which is T-Mobile's main band. Guess you will need another phone if you want to try out T-Mobile's new 700 Mhz stuff.

23. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Except for the Redmi Note 2 which has a Helio X10 CPU

3. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

I dont like the intel atom it drain the battery fast especially when its overclocked.

6. tacarat

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

"especially when its overclocked". Well, yes.

21. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

are you paid by phonearena to be a grammar police

22. tacarat

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I was recruited by Captain Obvious. I was quoting, not correcting :P

4. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I'd rather be patient and save more to get the 64gb variant.. Seriously Android apps nowadays are eating up a lot of storage pretty quickly (honorable mention: big title games)

5. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Best value for money...what about after sales support? Would there be any updates for android version? Motorola is known to release quick android updates...not sure about asus though!

8. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Last year's Asus zenfone 5 got updated to lollipop as far as I know.

13. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Asus customer service = none

18. cgarcia2694

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

They always respond to my queries via email.

26. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Don't worry, there updates and customer service is good and consistent, at least in East Malaysia where I'm leaving.

7. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Not disputing whether it's a better phone or not but it's huge compared to the Moto g. Not sure their markets overlap that much.

10. hurrycanger

Posts: 1752; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Dang. This is sweet. But. For about the same price you can get a new LG G3 or a new G Flex 2 with better processors and 32gb of storage. $250 on ebay. Idk about other people, but I find older flagship models off ebay offer more for the price. :)

12. ShadowHammer

Posts: 192; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

I don't disagree with your reasoning, but do the Ebay phones come with a warranty? If not, then that's also something else to consider. Anecdotally, I got my wife an LG G2 certified pre-owned with 90 day warranty for ~$225 from T-Mobile a few months ago and she really likes it.

19. hurrycanger

Posts: 1752; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

They do, with 1- year factory warranty for brand new phones. I've never had to use one, that that's what the sellers claim in the descriptions. I have never bought one without warranty, and I don't plan to. It just feels wrong, haha And I got a brand new G2 a few months ago too. Yup. It's awesome. The only issues one may have with it are the bad front cam, the lack of microSD slot, and no removable battery. Many people don't mind these, so yeah, it's still a great option now.

15. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

You said G Flex 2 with BETTER PROCESSOR, as in the overheating SD810? No thanks

17. hurrycanger

Posts: 1752; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Well. Throttled 810 doesn't overheat and runs faster than whatever it is in that Zenfone 2 for sure. On 5.1.1, the G Flex 2 runs very smoothly and it doesn't get any hotter than older phones running snapdragon 800. You can try one, or you can listen to the craps other people say and stay away from a great pjone at good price. :)

20. hurrycanger

Posts: 1752; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Just read my reply again and well that came out wrong. Ignore that last sentence please. XD I just wanna say that the G Flex 2 is actually very good even with the 810 many people hate. I would strongly recommend it at the $250 price point. (It does kinda sucks on 5.0.1 when I first got it, but it's amazing on 5.1.1, and mine is the at&t version)

16. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

thanks for making a cdma version thanks

25. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

229$. I am crying because at here (N-Europe) it costs over 320€

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