Intel inside: Asus Zenfone2 with 4 GB RAM gets unboxed and benchmarked

Intel inside: Asus Zenfone2 with 4 GB RAM gets unboxed and benchmarked
The Asus ZenFone 2 will forever go down in the history books as the first smartphone with a version that features 4 GB of RAM on board. Not only that, but it also has an unorthodox chipset - the 64-bit quad-core 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 SoC with benchmark-busting PowerVR Rogue G6430 GPU. Intel's inroads in mobile are getting stronger by the day, and, judging by the thorough benchmark session of the Zenfone 2 below, the chip giant has every chance to succeed.

The type of scores you see below, is usually reserved for flagship Android handsets, not for the Zenfone 2, which costs just $318 for the version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Previously we saw a whopping 50,000+ result on AnTuTu, but it was from the Zenfone 2 model with 2 GB of RAM and 720p display. 

Well, as you can see the 4 GB RAM variant with a 5.5" 1080p screen scores just a tad lower, 47,434 points, which is a pretty amazing result for an upper midrange (at least in price) gear. Check out the rest of the benchmark and unboxing photos for that unorthodox Zenfone 2 handset below.

source: ePrice

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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



1. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

looks good on paper. i wonder how the real performance will be, and battery life. and will it hot like SD 810?

5. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It won't heat for sure, even if it's just because the factory is 22nm FinFet instead of the 20nm planar. It is also slightly less powerful, more on the range of the Snapdragon 801, not the 810.

13. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

It's more on the range of 805 and smokes the 801. Definitely will not overheat since intel has been producing FinFET products for 4 years unlike Samsung and TSM who have yet to launch theirs. Intel knows what they are doing!

24. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Smokes the 801? Not really considering that Zenfone 2 has 4GB of RAM while last year flagships with 801 mostly have 2GB of RAM.

34. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Perhaps you should check the benchmarks ;-)

39. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Their latests and greates in mobile is the Atom Z3580. The performance is around: CPU = Snapdragon 800 GPU = Snapdragon 801 And it does not have integrated modem, etc So the SoC is in general much worse than the Qualcomm ones. It's more like a 1 year old Qualcomm SoC, and that's the high end one... You'll have to wait for Cherryview (which uses Airmont cores instead of Silvermont and it is built in 14nm instead of 22nm) for Intel to be competitive again. And let's hope they don't screw the GPU and/or the modem again. Perhaps the one who should check the benchmarks it is you...

41. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Actually no you need to check on anandtech ;-) Smokes the 801 and trades blows with the 805. No such thing as Cherryview. I think you mean Cherrytrail which is a table SoC not a phone SoC. The next phone SoC is called Broxton or Morganfield. Not knowing the names of the AP's you are talking about does not lend you any credibility.

44. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

For your information: in your link the data is coming from INTEL, so no real data, just what intel says it does. Of course geekbench is not in the list and everything looks rosy.

46. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

You are the one who needs to learn the names better: Cherryview is the SoC, platform Cherry Trail. They will be based on Airmont architecture. Broxton is the SoC AFTER Cherryview, Mornganfield and Willowtrail the platforms and Goldmont the architecture. You should not try to show off if you don't even know something as basic as that... What's more, your link is absolutely biased and not an apples to apples comparison. 1) It compares real test for 805 and 801 with INTEL PROVIDED data. Example: It gives a 31 FPS on T-Rex HD offscreen. Reality: 26 FPS: 2) it makes the graphs starting in 0 when intel loses and starting as up as possible (19000 in 3DMark unlimited) when it wins, to give the impression that the advantage is much bigger than it is. So biased sites like that prove nothing.

48. punisher

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Actually you ar a bit wrong there mate. Almost right but wrong. Z3740, z3795, z3580, z4800* is SoC name. Cherryview is a group of platform pc to mobile to tablet etc all of thoose are cherry trail but not the same as they dont share same soc but almost the same. Rest is good. P.s Broxton is internal intel name scheme. It can be cold x6 for that matter. Morganfield is possible marketing name which is not given at the moment

49. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Correction accepted, I know that Cherryview is not exactly a SoC but more a "family" of SoCs. I was just trying to justify my first statement that we will have to wait for it and that it actually exists. As guest said that "No such thing as Cherryview."

43. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

45. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Well, if you are going to use Antutu as a reference for the "smokes" something we can end un the discussion here. I consider Antutu one of the worst benchmarks available.

18. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

look carefully image 16 shows an intel atom cpu z3580 clocked at 1.33 ghz

20. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

4gb means nothing and is crap slow to Samsung s6 3gb 20nm ddr4 hi speed ram, it does not even come close

21. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

The price is also halved of samsung galaxy s6. This asus will rule the $300-$500 market. The real question is how good is it. So far intel CPU is a failure in smartphone arena.

29. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

the question is, how significant is that Samsung's new memory? from the comparison it doesn't affect much, you know for a mobile OS the specs on high-end devices these days are way powerful enough to run a OS as fast as possible. the problem is, it lacks optimization.

32. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Doesn't matter. At least my apps won't force close due to insufficient RAM. And it's not as slow as hell anyway.

51. nedooo

Posts: 71; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

33. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

The one I doubt the most is battery life. My Zenfone 4 uses Z2520 and with its standard battery capacity the battery life is abysmal. Probably because of the x86 architecture itself. Its decent performance can't outweigh its awful efficiency. Yes, it's last year's processor but it's bad enough it gave me trauma. My next phone should be Qualcomm or MediaTek. Intel needs some good 2-3 years before they can join the main smartphone processor battle.

35. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

A day and half of battery life on the new Zenfone 2 good enough for you?

40. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I'm not talking about individual phone's battery life. I'm talking regarding the processor efficiency, and according to my experience, Intel seems to be lagging in this department. See iPhone 6, with 1800 mAh it can lasts a day (and probably more) with its 4,6 HD display while my Zenfone 4 with 1600mAh can only last half with smaller 4 inch lower-res screen. It's obvious that the culprit lies in the processor. Though I hope it's fixed in Zenfone 2.

42. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Yeah it's fixed wtih Zenfone two with the first review I have seen on youtube. Day and a half. I would take it with a grain of salt but it shouldn't be that much off.

38. Damian_44

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Unquestionably the Zenfone 2 looks good on paper. Sadly, whenever a current smartphone is less than the $650.00 price range, you always sacrifice something(Battery life, UI performance, amount of RAM, CPU speed, screen resolution, storage space, sub par camera, build quality, no future Android OS upgrades, speaker quality, limited bands, etc etc). I hope the Zenfone 2 doesn't turn out to be another cheap disappointment.

2. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

These are the right specs to run full Windows 10 - if it had microHDMI on board it would be a killer device. When win10 becomes universal, i can imagine to run apps on a phone screen and have them fully displayed on the external screen via hdmi. It would be great...

27. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

But can it support MHL? With MHL you can output your phone's display to HDMI. I know Samsung, Sony and other brands support MHL. I know Nokia supports MHL as well.

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

good stuff for such an affordable premium phone. it loos like an htc one tho

4. bhoyonkor

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

If chipset is 64 bit, how come android build is 32 bit (Screenshot 7)?

6. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

yeah its Fishy. XD

7. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

SoCs with 64 bits can run OS/applications compiled on 32 bits (normally). The other way around is not true: OS/applications compiles on 64 bits can't run on 32 bits SoCs.

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