The ASUS Zenfone 2 shocked the whole industry at CES 2015. No one could believe ASUS was able to pack such great specs on a device that costs only $200. I actually went as far as calling it the “king of affordable smartphones”.
We finally have one at our office and can’t wait to play around with it, but first we thought it would be great to give you guys an unboxing and first impressions. We happen to have the ZE551ML version, which is the base version. Things can only get better from here!
ASUS Zenfone 2 specs
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- 32 GB of internal storage
- 13 MP rear-facing camera
- 5 MP front-facing camera
- 3000 mAh battery
- 77.2 x 152.2 x 3.9 mm
- 170 grams
Remember these are the specs for our specific version of the phone. ASUS has more versions available (more powerful, too).
The first thing you will notice here is that the packaging is actually very neat and well organized. The phone is a pleasure to unbox, but what all of us really care about here is what’s inside of the box.
Just take a look at the ASUS ZenFone 2. Does it look like a $200 phone? I wouldn’t say so. And if that wasn’t enough, it also doesn’t feel or perform like a $200 phone. This phone feels relatively pretty solid, even if made mostly of plastic. All in all, the phone looks and feels like a mid-to-high-end smartphone.
You can obviously see that ASUS took some design cues from LG’s design language. The phone has a plastic back, where the buttons are actually found. It even has a brushed aluminum-like design in the back, like LG’s. And if that wasn’t enough, ASUS even integrated double-tap to wake. I happen o love this feature. It’s one of those things you can no longer live without once you have it.
Oh, and ASUS didn’t skimp out on the display here. This phone comes with a large 5.5-inch 1080p screen. We will be taking out and testing it in direct sunlight, but based on what we have seen so far the display looks very promising. The phone happens to be pretty snappy, too, which is something we know many of you are wondering. That Intel Atom processor seems to be working very well.
Once again, we will be testing this phone further, but we can really tell you we are impressed so far. A phone like this for only $200? Sign me up. A full review is coming, guys. Stay tuned!