ASUS Zenfone 2

Hello Geeks,

Everyone here would have heard about the Asus Zenfone 2 launched by obviously ASUS. This phone is the first phone with the 4 GB ram, priced at around 22k and also has a 2 GB model priced at 15k. Both the models are housing a powerful processor, the Intel Atom Z3580. The phone weighs 175 gm which is distributed evenly throughout the phone. Asus (ASUSTeK Computer Inc.) as we all know is a Taiwanese multinational company. Now, without wasting our time lets start the discussion on the phone.

Build Quality:

This phone is a perfectly build phone. The back is made up of plastic but has a brushed metallic finish. The back of the phone is curved and fits perfectly well in the hands. Ya, but the phone because of the 5.5 inch screen is not comfortable for a single handed use. On the top we have the 3.5mm audio jack with the microphone and the power button which is inaccessible because of the large screen size. The bottom of the phone houses the micro usb port and the primary microphone. At the back we have the well placed volume rockers in the center and above that we have the 13MP shooter with the dual tone LED flash. There are the speaker grill at the bottom of the back but are misleading because the speakers are not that big. Actually the speakers are just present at the bottom left corner of the phone. Moving to the front side, we have the three touch capacitive buttons at the bottom which are not backlit but that is not required as the buttons are painted in white which makes it visible to an extent.

OS:

Now this phone runs on the new ZenUI made on the top of lollipop v5.0. They have not declared any future updates through OTA but most probably they will give the update as this is the latest phone from ASUS.

Battery Life:

The phone has a 3000 mAh non-removable battery aboard which gives a decent battery backup of one day or more on regular usage which is fair enough at this price range. Actually in today’s mobile world all the developers are neglecting the power backup and the phones housing huge screens last for just one day or so.

Gaming Experience:

The gaming experience is smooth and there are no lags (or very less) while playing high end games. We have a PowerVR G6430 on board which handles the graphics very well. The phone doesn’t gets hot which is a great thing.

Camera:

The phone has a 13 MP rear facing camera and a 5 MP front facing camera. These cameras are pretty good for the price offered. But the low light pictures are noisy.

Rear Camera:     The 13 MP shooter can record 1080p videos but when you set it to auto stabilization mode the resolution drops down to 720p. The flash is powerful but if the object is very near, the flash becomes over powering. The microphone recording is pretty good and from the manual mode you get a lot of customisation options and in low lighting conditions the shutter speed drops down to 2 seconds.

Front Camera:    The 5 MP shooter shoots very decent pictures but in low light or artificial lighting conditions the photo becomes a bit plasticy.

Ok geeks now lets talk about the sound quality…

Sound Quality:

The sound Quality is nice and loud but the grills are misleading (as mentioned above). The phone gives a good quality sound with the headphones connected.

The Box Contents:

1. Zenfone 2

2. Travel Charger (1.35 Amps)

3. Data cable

4. and some papers

Note:

1. The phone supports fast charging through the travel charger and the cable provided.

2. The Second sim doesnot support 3G or 4G. These are only supported by the Primary sim card.

3. The speaker grill is misleading.

4. The power button placement makes the phones one hand usage impossible. (but the phone supports     double tap to wake up feature).

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