The CES 2015 went by strong with a lot of new devices being launched every day, all brands showed off their mettle and all. Recently we saw ASUS launching its new flagship model ASUS ZenFone 2 in their show during the CES.
ASUS is known for its budget friendly range of smartphones tablets and PCs with mind blowing features and most of their flagship models in past have been in mid range . But this is probably going to change for now as the new ZenFone is going to take on the big guns in the market. And it will make things much more difficult for brands like MicroMax and Xiaomi and Oneplus one. Also if we haven’t told you yet, ASUS ZenFone 2 have a 4 GB RAM in its top model and if you don’t know this then it’s the first phone with 4 GB RAM. The other features and even the base model is not bad either.
Base model of ZenFone 2: Intel Z3560 at 1.8 GHz, with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.
Top model of ZenFone 2: Intel Z3580 at 2.3 GHz, with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.
The ZenFone 2 will have a 5.5 inch 1080p with ASUS TrueVivid technology screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection with IPS technology and the internal specs are varied between the two models Z3560 Intel processor to Z3580 and the storages/RAM changes.
It also has Intel 64 bit Z3580 processor. The battery in the device is a 3000mAh one with a proprietary fast-charging technology that will charge your phone from 0% to 60% in just 39 minutes. This is based on Qualcomm’s Quick Charge. The device is also LTE enabled and features dual SIM slots on some of the models, a big draw for the budget markets. The phone has a rear camera of 13 mega pixel shooter with a decent F/2.0 lens and a lot of photo improving tools and software.
The design of the phone is very impressive. The brushed metallic body will remind you of the HTC brand of phones while the location of volume control buttons on ASUS ZenFone 2 on the backside just below the camera may remind you of LG. But that textured Metal is ASUS‘s very own and we have seen that in its high end Tablets. And the thickness especially at the curves of 3.9 mm is just so good. ASUS ZenFone 2 is surely very good looking.
The operating system in ASUS ZenFone 2 is Android 5 or more commonly called Android Lollipop.
The original ASUS ZenFone was a wide success in global market and sold around 1,500,000 units per month for a full quarter of 2014 and garnered very positive and praising reviews from the buyers and customers and journalist from around the world so ASUS ZenFone 2 has a lot to prove and will have to perform on the similar lines of its predecessor. Though the anticipated ASUS ZenFone 2 has many premium features like the more evolved version of ASUS ZenUI – The world’s first fully customizable interface and Trend Micro security software for secure browsing , ASUS may just prove to fulfil those expectations set by its predecessor.
“The passion behind the design of ZenFone 2 is our never-ending desire to empower luxury for everyone,” said ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih, “We have drawn on our considerable engineering expertise and experience with our popular ZenFone to create a smartphone that embodies this ambition. That device is the incredible new ZenFone 2 — luxury that everyone can enjoy.”
Lets us now see what ASUS themselves have to say about their new ASUS ZenFone 2 and its new and improved features.
Luxurious, ultra-thin Ergonomic Arc design
ASUS ZenFone 2 has a stunning, all-new design employing iconic ASUS design elements that echo the spirit of Zen, with a luxurious brushed-metal finish and distinctive concentric-circle detailing. ZenFone 2 introduces new and evolved aesthetic refinements, including a graceful curved case that tapers to an incredibly thin 3.9mm at the edges to lend ZenFone 2 a bold yet elegant look. This curvature provides exceptional comfort and a secure grip, and intuitive control and convenience is further enhanced by the rear-mounted volume control key — ideally-positioned for the user’s index finger.
ZenFone 2 has an incredibly sharp and vivid 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display with a 403ppi pixel density and a wide 178-degree viewing angle, ensuring lifelike photos and videos and great-looking apps. ASUS TruVivid technology enhances display performance even more with bright, brilliant colors. The display has an ultra-narrow 3.3mm bezel, giving ZenFone 2 a remarkable 72% screen-to-body ratio for a maximized viewing experience, and is covered with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for superior resistance to damage and fingerprints. An anti-fingerprint coating reduces friction by 30%, giving a luxuriously-smooth feel to touch gestures.
ZenFone 2 is available in five unique colors that, together with the beauty and customizability of ASUS ZenUI, result in a smartphone that is truly personal, both inside and out. The ZenFone 2 color portfolio includes Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray, Glamor Red and Ceramic White. Special Transfusion and Illusion covers are available that give users even more choices to match their own unique style.
PixelMaster camera: See what others can’t see
ASUS ZenFone 2 has a 13MP PixelMaster camera with an f/2.0 wide-aperture lens to capture stunning, high-resolution photos with zero shutter lag. This industry-leading 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. When a flash is preferred, ZenFone 2 is equipped with a Real Tone flash to ensure warm skin tones and accurate color.
The ZenFone 2 camera also has Backlight (HDR) mode to let users capture vivid, evenly-exposed photos in challenging backlit scenes such as sunset portraits. By using pixel-enhancing technology to increase contrast by up to 400%, Backlight (HDR) mode ensures that foreground subjects stand out clearly and are free of shadows.
For those seeking fine-grained control over camera settings like ISO, shutter speed and more, Manual mode offers users a DSLR-like experience right on their smartphone.
ZenFone 2 is also equipped with a 5MP front-facing camera with a wide, 85-degree field of view perfectly engineered for taking selfies with real-time beautification. For those wanting to capture a group of friends, or include scenery in their selfie, ZenUI Selfie Panorama mode captures panoramic selfies with up to a 140-degree field of view.
Powerful performance for today, and beyond
ASUS ZenFone 2 is powered by an up to 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor Z3580 and has 4GB RAM to deliver up to seven times (7X)1 faster gaming performance than its predecessor. A 60ms touch response time ensures lag-free input, and OpenGL 3.0 provides incredible gaming performance.
ZenFone 2 has built-in 4G/LTE connectivity for blazingly-fast data speeds of up to 150Mbit/s plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi, ensuring stutter-free streaming of video and music as well as a smooth all-round mobile experience. Dual-SIM capacity with Dual Active technology makes ZenFone 2 the perfect travel or business companion, allowing users to have two active phone lines on their device so they can keep in touch from anywhere.
Users will spend less time waiting and more time enjoying ZenFone 2 with its high-capacity, 3000mAh battery that provides more than a full day of use on a single charge. Fast-charge technology enables recharges to 60% battery level in only 39 minutes.
A simpler, smarter, more personalized ZenUI experience
Freedom, connection, and expression form the foundation for ASUS’s ZenUI mobile user interface. These three pillars have also inspired the evolutionary changes to ZenUI for ZenFone 2. This latest version offers a simpler and smarter user experience, with a stylish new layout that utilizes white space for a cleaner design, and which places information front and center for a simpler, smarter user experience.
ZenFone 2 is the world’s first smartphone to give everyone the ability to completely customize it to match their personal style and usage preferences, including ZenUI’s launcher, themes, fonts, icons, and more.
ZenUI has many great new features — including ZenMotion, SnapView, Trend Micro™ security and ZenUI Instant Updates — that enhance usability; ensure security and privacy; and deliver a seamless user experience.
- ZenMotionis a collection of intuitive touch gestures, each providing a new way of interacting with ZenUI, and allowing quick and easy access to frequently-used features such as One Hand mode or Do It Later.
- SnapViewis a security feature that ensures privacy for apps, photos, and files. SnapView lets users easily keep their personal and business information separate.
- Trend Micro securityis integrated with the ZenUI browser for the total mobile web browsing security.
- ZenUI Instant Updatesis a seamless new method of keeping ZenUI apps up to date. With ZenUI Instant Updates, ASUS app developers can make updates available immediately, avoiding delays between app releases and ensuring the best experience for ZenFone 2 users.
While all this looks so good for now, we have to see how actually the device will perform. This was what we could manage from the information we had till now so we will see a detailed review of the device once it gets released and reaches our hands! As of for now, this is all from Inspire2Rise. Keep checking for more info.
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