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ASUS ZenFone 2 Hands-On!

by Jacob Kleinman | January 5, 2015

ASUS unveiled the ZenFone 2 earlier today, and we got a chance to go hands-on with the company’s latest flagship phone. Here’s a quick look at the device before it hits the market in March.

Building on last year’s ZenFone lineup, this new entry offers 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and either 2GB or 4GB of RAM. It also runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box along with the company’s own ZenUI, which comes packed with new features. For example, “Zen motion” lets you search for apps by drawing lettings on the screen, while SnapView keeps your work and personal life separate on the same device.

From a design perspective the ZenFone 2 looks pretty great, offering a metallic-plastic shell. The bezels on either side are also impressively thing, with the phone’s display taking up 72 percent of the entire footprint.

For everything it has to offer you might expect to pay standard flagship prices for the ZenFone 2. Instead the company is offering its new phone starting at just $199 off-contract. That’s right, under $200. ASUS hasn’t revealed specific plans for a U.S. launch yet, but hopefully it won’t be long before American carriers start selling the device.


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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...