ASUS ZenFone2: Zen and now!

20th May 2015
ASUS ZenFone2: Zen and now!
There are 4 variants to the Zenfone2

The new ZenFone 2 features 4 GB RAM, a rarity of sorts

Bangalore, May  15 2015: ASUS seems to be following the 2015 trend of sprucing up RAM for high compute power, and having a large battery that doesn’t affect performance. The recently launched ZenFone 2 features a 4GB RAM with 64-bit Intel Atom quad-core processor.
Weighing 170 grams with 3.9 mm thickness, this smart phone is quite light and sleek. Nothing fancy in terms of design, but the phone’s body features a curved plastic rear with metallic finish. Unlike most smart phones, the ZenFone 2 has volume buttons in the rear panel instead of side panel, which sometimes can get a bit uncomfortable to operate, unless you want to try out something out of the ordinary. It is a dual-sim phone with 5.5 full HD inch screen with (1920 x 1080 resolution) IPS display.
The 13 megapixels rear camera and 5 megapixels front camera of this smartphone produces sharp and bright images. It also offers picture enhancing features with the PixelMaster 2.0 technology. The front camera has 85-degree field of view and ZenUI Selfie Panorama mode of up to 140-degree, which is helpful while taking groupies. The selfie camera also includes options like beautification mode for real-time image enhancement.
The ASUS ZenFone 2 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It comes with a 32 GB internal memory, which is expandable up to 64 GB.  It packs a 3000 MaH battery for long life.
Available currently through online channels, the ASUS ZenFone 2 is priced at Rs. 22,999. The last couple of weeks have seen a lot of manufactures flooding the Indian market with feature-rich performance phones at much lower prices, some of them throwing in India-specific features as a bonus. Rs. 22,999 in such a scenario definitely raises eyebrows, unless of course you believe that the mammoth 4GB RAM  justifies the price. ( There are  lower priced variants of the Zenfone 2 @ Rs 14,999, Rs 18,999 and Rs 19,999 -- with  less RAM or a slower CPU)
- V Sudhakshina