Asus Zenfone 2 to be unveiled in North America on May 18th

Asus Zenfone 2 to be unveiled in North America on May 18th
Those in the U.S. and Canada who have been dying for the opportunity to purchase the Asus Zenfone 2, will get that opportunity after all. Asus has sent out invitations for a "launch event" to be held in New York City on May 18th. There are four different versions of the phone available, and we will have to wait for the 18th to see exactly which models are coming to the continent.

The Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) comes with a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. This works out to a pixel density of 403ppi. A 64-bit quad-core 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 CPU powers the handset while graphics are taken care of by the PowerVR G6430. 2/4GB of RAM is inside. The model with 4GB of RAM allows for smooth multitasking capabilities as seen on a video that captured the phone's ability to handle five video games at once. 32GB/64GB of native storage is available. For those requiring more memory, a 64GB capacity microSD slot is offered. Back and front-facing cameras weigh in at 13MP and 5MP respectively, and a 3000mAh battery keeps the lights on. Android 5.0 is pre-installed. An international version of the phone (ZE550ML) comes with a 5.5-inch, 720 x 1280 resolution screen and 2GB of RAM.

Another version of the Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE500CL) offers a smaller 5-inch, 720 x 1280 resolution screen. This works out to a pixel density of 294ppi. A dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 CPU is under the hood with 2GB of RAM inside. This Zenfone 2 variant comes with 16GB of native storage and a 64GB capacity microSD slot for those who want more memory. The 8MP rear-facing camera features an aperture of f/2.0 allowing it to take great pictures even in low light conditions. The 2MP front-facing camera snaps selfies and handles video chat. A 2500mAh battery powers the unit, which also features Android 5.0 pre-installed.

While pricing and availability in North American won't be known until May 18th, the ZE551ML, with 4GB of RAM, is priced in India at the equivalent of $316 USD for the 32GB version and $363 USD for the unit rocking 64GB.


source: AndroidAuthority

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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
ZenFone 2 (ZE500CL)
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Dual-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(28h talk time)

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23 Comments

1. AceofZeroz

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

Finally the long awaited date for all US Zenfone 2 wanters (FCC/Google and software issues delayed the launch).

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Sort of tempting. If the camera is comparable to or better than, and the battery life is better than my OnePlus One then I'll switch. I'm actually REALLY happy with my OnePlus Ones camera quality, and it's battery life is good. But I'm always looking for better for cheap.

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Just for the update ASUS has listed a zenfone 2 with 4 gb ram and 128 gb internal storage with 128 gb expandabe storage at around $480 in indian e-tailer flipkart.

3. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

This is a nice phone but Im wondering if it we'll still get a good price on it like originally promsied or if the initial amazon prices are close to the true price.

4. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I think PA is missing some information, there are FOUR models, not two. ZE551ML (4GB version), ZE551ML (2 GB version), ZE550ML (Like ZE551ML 2GB but with HD screen instead of Full HD) ZE500CL

7. Phonewbie

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 15, 2015

Right. I have the third One you listed, which they didn't mention. It's the international version tho.

5. Hitokage

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Please let the 4 GB RAM version hit Virgin Mobile, please, please, please

9. AceofZeroz

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

I wouldn't see the sense in making it only available through US carriers since budget beasts like the Alactel Idol 3 (5.5") comes unlocked to everyone for $250 ($200 in the limited time preorder).

11. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Wow. You're the first I've heard of say anything about Virgin Mobile in months. I actually forgot that they were even an option anymore.

23. djmiggy

Posts: 1; Member since: May 26, 2015

I signed up just to call you an idiot for this post Doakie... I can guarantee that people don't like people like you.... Think before you comment... LOL JK!

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i liked the the zenphone zoom.

8. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

My problem is not with the hardware but more about how awful the phone looks.

15. WWThinker

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If this looks "awful", so are the iPhone6 and 6plus, Xperia, LG G3/4, Lexus 6, .... The list would run very very long. Just think about how many green-backs this one is going to cost, at < US$300! This includes 4GByte on-board DDR3 RAM and 32GBytes of Flash storage, and comes with all the high-end features except finger print scanner. And, dual-SIM and simultaneously receiving are also supported! I wonder which smartphones you have ever been used. Perhaps you can educate us why Zenphone2 looks "awful".

10. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

is this for just gsm or cdma or both

17. eksine

Posts: 3; Member since: May 02, 2015

well if it supports LTE which i think i does than i know at&t lte is gsm because they are phasing out cdma. so my best guess is gsm, but there is a chance it has both gsm and cdma

13. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

My biggest question about this phone is what kind of support do it get? If it breaks can I send it somewhere to be fixed? If there is an issue with how the phone works can I call someone? I have bought unlocked phones before but they were from companies with a history of doing business in the USA.

14. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

Asus has a long history of computer sales in the USA.

16. WWThinker

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This phone has the highest cost-performance/feature at the moment, until perhaps September of this year, when Huawei and Xiaomi are going to release another generation of smartphones. As long as you live in North America, you are deprived of many good smartphones with extremely high value-for-money.

18. WWThinker

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It is so cheap. By the time it breaks and requires serviceļ¼Œ you can probably throw it away and get something even cheaper:)

19. eksine

Posts: 3; Member since: May 02, 2015

$250 isn't cheap, comparatively its cheaper , but c'mon $250 is a lot.

20. WWThinker

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am glad that you are so sensible. Yes, $250 is a lot of money. But, if so, why are there so many takers of iPhones. Though iPhones appear to be cheap under contract, consumers eventually have to pay for it because there is no free lunch. Without contract, iPhones are expensive, so are the Samsung S6 and many others. But, many consumers today simply choose to igore the real cost (under contract or not) and blindly go for the iPhones and the S6/G3/Z3 whatsoever. In comparison, US$250 for outright purchase is more than 50% cheaper than the iP6/6+, S6, G3, Z3, etc. So, for those who appreciate the tangible value, value of money, ZenPhone2 absolutely worths every cent! By the way, I assume that you don't own an iPhone, nor do any of your family members. I hope my guess is correct:)

21. eksine

Posts: 3; Member since: May 02, 2015

my younger sister does but only because my aunt upgraded to the newer iphone. And my other sister owns a $2000 apple laptop. I'm mpresensible yes, I build my own pcs when I can and to me $250 for a tiny piece of technology that is basically throw away every year or two is ridiculous, but that's what it is I guess. It's cool having a mino computer with internet in my hands but every smartphone I've had has harware failure in months. Most smartphone hardware starts failing fast, and most people don't know it. When apps app stops working and a hard reset doesn't fix it people still assume its an app update problem but having been around since DOS 386 days I know better, it means either a part or the CPU or motherboard has failed on the phone so $250 when I know these phones are durable is a rip off to me, if I can swap out CPUs and motherboards than yeah its a better deal

22. WWThinker

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

@eksine. I appreciate of your sharing. You are one of the rare breed! Today, most consumers are willing to practically throw their hard-earned money to pay for the very high-end phone. They always claim: I am so used to the "phone" which I last used, a new "brand" is no good. As a result, they keep throwing money away by getting the similarily expensive high-end phone. Of course, iPhones are always short on substances (i.e. hardware) while they are perceived best on user experience. Such claim of UX is in fact on weak ground because anyone with IQ>60 should achieve similar UX. In short, most consumers don't want to buy an alternative with much higher value for money. Most people were brought up to spend and spend on gadgets which look and sound fancy or cool without looking at the "pound for pound" valuation. In any case, this Zenphone2 is less than half of the cost of the low-resolution iPhone6, but perform as well (assuming low valuation to the finger-print scanner). No one, or most consumers, should ever feel regret with this. Thr 2GB version is less than US$200!

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