ASUS ZenFone 2 Unlocked Cellphone, 64GB, Red (U.S. Warranty)
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|Voice / Text||2G Data||3G Data||4G LTE Data|
- Compatible with GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile and cellular network providers utilizing GSM network such as: Straight Talk, Walmart Family Mobile, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, Brightspot, Net10, h20 Wireless, and Cricket Wireless.
- This device is not compatible with CDMA Networks such as: Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular
- Unlocked GSM, Dual SIM smartphone - First Sim - 2G/3G/4G/LTE and Second Sim - 2G Only - voice and basic text. No MMS (Multimedia messaging) with pictures
- 64-bit Intel 2.3GHz Quad Core processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage
- 5.5-inch IPS full HD display (Gorilla Glass 3); 13MP rear and 5MP front camera.
- GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20).
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ASUS ZenFone 2
Luxury Smartphone, Without the High Price Tag.
Unlocked/No Contract , 4G/LTE Ready
2GB/4GB RAM | 5.5 inch | Dual SIM
ASUS ZenFone 2 has a stunning, all-new design that seamlessly melds premium craftsmanship and technology together creating the ultimate balance of beauty and power, and it is affordable!
ZenFone 2 is powered by a 64-bit Super Quad-Core Intel Atom processor, and is the world’s first smartphone with 4GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM (not offered on all models). Featuring LTE Category 4+ for download speeds up to 250Mbit/s, and a 60ms touch response time, ZenFone 2 gives you power beyond your imagination.
Finally, bigger and better doesn't always come with high price tag.
- Unlocked, No Carrier Contract required. 4G/LTE Ready
- Android Lollipop 5.0 *Marshmallow 6.0 update available in 2016.
- 5.5", FullHD 1920x1080 IPS
- Available in 2GB or 4GB RAM
- Dual SIM slots, Dual Active phone lines
- Intel Atom Quad Core (1.8 or 2.3GHz) with OpenGL 3.0 support
- 16GB or 64GB, or 128GB onboard storage
- 5GB lifetime ASUS WebStorage
- MicroSD card slot (up to 64 GB)
- Lastest WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
ASUS ZenFone 2 - Luxury Smartphone, Without the High Price Tag.
Unlocked GSM Phone With 4G/LTE Connectivity
The smartphone that gives you the freedom of choice.
ZenFone2 is a factory unlocked smartphone that works with any carrier using GSM technology standards2. It is 4G/LTE ready for clear voice communications and super-fast on-the-move data transfers of up to 150Mbit/s3, letting you stay connected to your world no matter where you travel.
*4G/LTE is limited to carrier's support, please contact your carrier for more information.
Smartphones just got smarter with Intel Inside - Great battery life that lets you listen, watch, play, and be productive wherever you go. That’s serious processing.
The 64-bit Intel Atom Super Quad-Core 22nm processor inside ZenFone 2 carefully balances brilliant performance and superb power efficiency, empowered by the sophisticated Silvermont architecture.
ZenFone 2 PowerVR 6430 graphics-processing unit (GPU) packs a serious punch, for computing experiences that feel like using your desktop computer. Demanding, graphics-intensive games and videos run buttery smooth and look splendid on ZenFone 2’s Full HD display.
Worlds 1st Smartphone with 4GB RAM
The 4GB RAM version of ZenFone 2 offers incredibly smooth multitasking ability.
Switch between active apps without experiencing sluggishness.
With a 64-bit processor, ZenFone 2 fully unleashes the power of the Intel dual-channel RAM architecture, by delivering two simultaneous 32-bit data channels between processor and memory.
*Applies to 4GB RAM ZenFone 2, please check for individual product specifications and configurations.
Full HD IPS Crystal-clear, Vivid Display
Stunning high-resolution 1920x1080 Full HD IPS Gorilla Glass 3 display.
ZenFone 2 has a 5.5-inch touch screen with remarkable 72% screen-to-body ratio, and offers wide 178-degree viewing angles. The staggering 403ppi pixel density renders every image in eye-delighting detail.
The ultra-sharp display reaches 72% of the NTSC gamut so you see more colors. Photos and video are brighter, clearer and as vivid as can be.
ASUS ZenFone 2 - Thoughtful design fits right into your daily life.
Premium Ergonomic Arc Design
Premium brushed-metal finish and zen-inspired circular detailing.
ASUS ZenFone 2 has a stunning, all-new design that looks as pleasant as it feels. The arc design makes the phone easy to hold and fits the palm of your hand perfectly.
The rear-mounted volume control and shutter button is ideally-positioned for your index finger to snap photos, or adjust the volume naturally in your grip.
PixelMaster - See What Others Can’t See
ZenFone 2’s 13MP PixelMaster camera with its dual tone LED flash and the f/2.0-aperture lens captures stunning, high-resolution photos with zero shutter lag.
With PixelMater technology, you can capture better pictures in any light condition.
Low Light mode employs pixel-merging technology to capture up to 400%-brighter photos at night or in low-light scenes, without the need for a flash. Backlight (Super HDR) mode lets you see clearly through daytime shadow and Super Resolution mode helps you to capture detailed images at resolutions of up to 52MP!
Its 5MP front-facing camera allows you to take panoramic selfies up to 140 degrees, snapping yourself and all of your friends together.
A Marvel of Craftsmanship and Engineering
ZenFone 2 is a 5.5-inch smartphone with a body that’s as small as that of a traditional 5-inch device with a remarkable 72% screen-to-body ratio.
Beautifully-Crafted with Ultra-Thin Edges.
We moved the volume and shutter button to the back to reduce the thickness of the ZenFone 2 to a mere 3.9mm, while at the same time delivering a very comfortable user experience.
Unique NCVM molding techniques are applied to achieve the mesmerizing metallic look and solid grip, while reducing weight.
Fast Charging battery to 60% in just 39 mins!
ZenFone 2 high-capacity 3000mAh battery offers and delivers the power you need to take you for a powerful and long lasting using experience, from sunrise to sunset — and beyond.
With the exclusive ASUS BoostMaster Technology that can charge your ZenFone 2 at double the speed.
10 Minutes Charging Time Brings You 4 Hours of Chatting. Less time waiting, more time doing.
*The 18W BoostMaster adapter is included with 2.3GHz/4GB ZenFone 2 model only. For 1.8GH/2GB model, the 18W BoostMaster adapter is sold separately.
Your Smart Companion - A Simpler, Smarter, More Personalized ZenUI
Freedom, connection and expression form the foundation for the ASUS ZenUI mobile user interface.
Everything has a shortcut-
Simple and intuitive gestures launch apps in a snap!
The brand-new ZenUI with exquisite visual design has a variety of new features, including ZenMotion, Kids mode, SnapView, and TrendMicro Security, and ZenUI Instant Updates — that enhance usability, ensure security and privacy, and deliver a seamless user experience.
ASUS ZenUI has more than 1,000 features that improve upon the standard Android interface. You’ll enjoy a simpler and smarter experience, with a stylish new layout that expands white space for a cleaner design, placing the information you need front and center. The brand-new ZenUI is brighter, smarter, simpler and even more beautiful. It knows what you need, expresses your thoughts and feelings, and connects you wherever you go.
|ASUS ZenFone 2||Other Phone Camera - A||Other Phone Camera - B||Other Phone Camera - C||Other Phone Camera - D||Other Phone Camera - E|
|Shooting Against Expressive Backlight with No Fill Flash||HDR mode||HDR mode||HDR mode||HDR mode||HDR mode||HDR mode|
What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
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|Screen Size||5.5 in||5.5||5.7||5.5||5.2||5.5|
|Item Dimensions||3.4 x 6.4 x 2.4 in||3 x 5.9 x 0.3 in||3 x 6.2 x 0.2 in||3 x 6.1 x 0.3 in||2.9 x 5.9 x 0.3 in||3 x 5.94 x 0.32 in|
|Item Weight||0.6 lb||4.8 ounces||6.4 ounces||6.4 ounces||4.8 ounces||5.6 ounces|
|Operating System||Android||Android 6.0||Android 6.0||google_android||Android 6.0||Android 7.0 Marshmallow + EMUI 4.1|
ASUS, ZenFone2 , Red, 5.5” TFT LED Backlight (400nits) FHD IPS, Intel Atom Quad Core Z3580 (2.3GHz), PowerVR G6430, with OpenGL 3.0 support, 4GB LPDDR3, 2 SIM card slots, Micro SIM, GSM/GPRS/EDGE; HSPA+/DC-HSPA+; FDD-LTE, 64GB Storage, Micro SD Card slot support up to 64GB, Integrated 802.11AC, GPS, AGPS, Android Lollipop 5.0
Top customer reviews
1) Performance: Z3560 + 2GB RAM + 16 ROM (~11GB free after upgrading the pre-installed ASUS apps)
I have never used an Intel SoC in any smartphone so I didn't know what to expect compared to Qualcomm, Exynos, or Tegra. Honestly, it performs very well from my experiences so far despite not having 3GB+ RAM like the S6 or G4, which means you can have multiple apps open unlike the Nexus 9 where it constantly reloads everything! Also the phone doesn't have the weird lag other mid-range phones display while installing apps, so you can multitask even when apps are downloading/installing from the Play store. I'll assume this means the NAND speeds are fine but I haven't tried any I/O benchmarks yet.
- Antutu = 41212
- Geek Bench 3 = 745 & 2287
- Android Bench = Read_154.51MB/s Write_38.48MB/s
2) Network / Signal Reception / Tether: (T-Mobile US)
One problem I had with my LG G2 is that the signal performance indoors is really unreliable, and sometimes it just completely loses signal or drops down to 2G/Edge. Luckily, the ZF2 doesn't do this at all. Indoors I'm getting almost full LTE bars compared to the 1-2 bars, although the ZF2 is also receiving faster DL/UP speeds according to Speed Test (14.49Mb DL, 13.63 UP). For anyone that tethers you'll be happy to know that it works without without problems.
While other phones are moving away from card slots (like the S6 or Nexus line) the ZF2 allows you to move apps to the SD to save storage. I inserted a 64GB UHS-1 formatted as exFAT & it worked right away. It's nice not to need root or fancy apps just to use a microSD card. Due to the compatibility with 64GB the slot probably supports 128GB.
4) Software / Zen UI:
Asus ships it with 5.0, though after I finished the set-up I was prompted with a software update (not 5.1.x). It took about 12 minutes to upgrade.
Similar to LG, Samsung, Sony, etc. Asus has given their ZF2 a custom UI on top of Lollipop. It's not the prettiest UI ever but it gets the job done, thanks to all of its features--like you can change the default theme, change the icons, organize the app drawer with groups, double-tap to wake, edit quick settings, and so on. There's just a lot of software stuff from Asus packed in, which is surprising given the price. Some of it is bloat to me and some features like "Smart Saving", "Boost" (Clears RAM), as well as the ability to tweak the display are awesome.
5) Screen: 1080P IPS
Most flagships have resolutions that are UHD (sort of silly IMO but whatever) so when you look at the ZF2 don't expect the same sharpness of an S6 Edge or the color accuracy of an iPhone 6/+. At full brightness I can see that it's definitely dimmer than my G2.
The ZF2 includes an app called "Splendid" (also comes with Asus Laptops) that allows you to tweak "color temperature" via a warm/cool slider and "screen color mode". Screen color mode can edit hue + saturation.
6) Hardware Design:
When you check the price you must be thinking that it feels just like its price, it really doesn't. The rear keys & power button both need more effort when pushed compared to the G2's (can't comment on G3's), though that power button is really in an odd spot. If it weren't for double-tap to wake I would hate that power button. And the choice of 3 physical buttons is sort of disappointing because the virtual ones can disappear in Lollipop, meaning they won't extend the size of the lower bezel.
The battery cover looks like it's brushed aluminum and resembles the pattern on Vivobooks.
If you have the money I might suggest getting the 4GB version if you're crazy about multitasking (saw a video where the guy had 4+ games open! WTF) or want to future-proof (which is pointless anyway). Otherwise you'll be fine with the 2GB variant, even though other phones are shipping with 3GB RAM now. However, you have to keep in mind that phones like the G4, S6/Edge, and Nexus 6 are all more expensive and you're paying less than half of all of them for an experience that's not much worse. You have a SoC that's competitive with flagships from last year, a 5.5" FHD screen (the size of the entire phone makes my G2 feel small now), microSD, TWO SIM CARD SLOTS (only 1 can accept Data), and stock software that runs well out-of-the-box.
One last thing I should mention is the temperature. I used the phone for sometime and it didn't heat-up anywhere near as much as my Nexus 4 & G2 doing the same activities (web browsing on their respective stock browser app). Maybe this means the Intel CPU is efficient, or Asus knows what they're doing. Either way the backside doesn't get very hot, which is great because I hate that.
Overall, I think Asus has a future in the Android market. Their 30 Millions sales estimate might fail even though the price is low, but I won't take away the credit they deserve for offering an almost premium experience into a budget device.
UPDATE: Battery life, Gaming, AndroBench, Splendid, Updates and Bloatware
*( I'm no camera expert, so I won't comment on it b/c I have a dedicated one )
8) Battery Performance:
Now that I've had time to use the phone fully I'll comment on how the battery lasts compared to the 3000mAh in the G2. Despite both sharing the same capacity their actual usage is significantly different. On the ZF2 there's a strange entry called "Android OS" that's draining the most battery (followed by "Screen"), and even after the most recent OTA from Asus this is still #1.
Even after using the battery controls ( "power saver -> Ultra-saving mode" ) I cannot prevent Android OS from being at the top. Anyway, the ZF2 gets between 3-4hrs of screen-on-time versus the 5-7hrs I was used to on my G2 ( auto brightness + LTE/HSPA + NO Auto-sync on both). My usage on both phones is very similar: browser (2-3 tabs), Feedly (news), ~20-30min of Youtube, SMS/MMS, ~1-2hrs of calling, Gmail + Exchange, and eBook/comics..
Once Asus fixes the Android OS drain & updates to 5.1.x or Android M (ZF2 ships with 5.0.1 r1 or LRX21V specifically) battery should improve, but right now I'm slightly disappointed.
9) Gaming: PowerVR Blah Blah (same as iPhone 5s)
These are the games I tested: (All on Max settings, or whatever was allowed & cleared opened apps)
A) Marvel Future Fight - A lot of lag on max settings, maybe this is due to no optimization?
B) Asphalt 8 - Good, seems like it's between 25-30FPS
C) Real Boxing - Plays fine, but doesn't have the "Tegra" effects
D) Mortal Kombat - Works now
E) Real Racing 3 - Seems okay, stutters sometimes
10) Bloatware! :
A smartphone wouldn't be complete if it weren't loaded with the goods.
This is most of it:
Asus MyFrame, Asus MyWater, Clean Master, Chrome (there's already an Asus browser!), Drive, Newsstand, Dr.Safety (??), TripAdvisor, Asus Support, Asus ZenUI (JK), Do it Later, Easy Mode, Graffiti Board, Kids Mode, Lovely Pink, Mini Movie, MyAsus, Party Link, PC Link, Photo Collage, Quick Memo, Remote Link, Share Link, SMMI_Test (??), Super Note, Web Storage, ZenTalk, and What's Next ( -_- )
11) Software Updates:
Today I received another OTA for the ZF2 ( 22.214.171.124 ) making it the 2nd one I've received. Sadly...the update is NOT 5.1 since it's around 100MB. Also if you go to "Settings --> ZenUI Instant Update" you can update the built-in Asus apps. Updates for Asus apps have been frequent, nothing I'd complain over.
UPDATE: Manual vs Low-light mode in low lighting with Snake! & battery life
Looks like there's no need to use low-light mode because manual can be tweaked to look far better under poor conditions.
I can tell you this phone is awesome for the price. I stop using my Note 3 because of this phone. *NOTE* Make sure you update the new firmware before using.
Processors: Fast and reliable.
Ram: WOW....I consider myself as a power users and man...the apps doesn't lag between switching. I have like 10 apps running in the background and not even once it slowed down.
Calls: It's clear and good. I can hear from people and other people can hear me on the other side.
UI: I like the UI and the ability to customize. It's fast and easy to use (you can download it from the PlayStore). I dreaded Samsung TouchWiz so bad I had to replace it on ALL MY SAMSUNG!
Performance: Pretty impressive for a $300 phone. I was able to installed Kodi and ran it without problem. SDcard works great and fast ~27 mbps for a 1.72 gb file so roughly 1 mins and 23 seconds.
Battery: Even though it's not removable. I still get good amount of time on it (see attached photo). Most people complain about the battery life. Just an FYI...it's not the phone it's Android Lolipop 5.0. Google has made it very clear that 5.0 has a memory and ram leak issue. All has been fix in 5.1 so be patience with it.
Camera: It's fast and autofocus is great! Better than my Note 3 but not as AWESOME as my wife Note 4 but hey I paid less than half the price. I do however don't like the camera in low light setting. Even with HDR on. I still think Samsung Camera module is better but again...half the price.
Network: I'm getting pretty good speed even though it says just "4G" (see attached photo) I'm on T-Mobile network and from So. Cali.
I like how this phone isn't restricting as most flagship. I was able to uninstalled some apps that was useless. Bloatware wasn't incredibly massive as most providers phone so that is ALWAYS A PLUS to me!
I consider myself a tech guy and expert on Android. I have Android's phone since forever. I have been a Samsung guy but since they moved to no SDCard and removable battery I look elsewhere. I found it on the Asus ZF2! So I will and have been recommending it to my friends and colleagues.
Side note: Getting this phone into Recovery mode is a bit difficult for most regular user. Even I had some issue at first.
As always thank you for reading my review. If this has been helpful please like or up-vote.
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