The world’s cheapest mobile multitasking beast has just become even cheaper, selling on Amazon for only $30 more than the entry-level version, with twice the memory.
Ever wondered how much a gig of RAM is worth? What about four? Bill of material estimates are a good indication of the device manufacturers’ expenses when it comes to putting a smartphone together, while in terms of retail value, Asus isn’t shy to gauge 2GB of the good stuff at 30 bucks.
That’s the price gap between the lowest-end ZenFone 2 model available stateside since May, and a ZE551ML config quietly launched earlier this week. In the past few months, Asus has flooded the market with various nichey ZenFone products, including Zoom, Selfie, Laser, Max, Deluxe and Go derivations, yet the original remains also hands down the most compelling budget proposal.
Besides RAM count, there’s nothing to separate the $200 and $230 “standard” ZenFone 2 versions, whereas $300 continues to buy you a higher-clocked 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Atom chip, as well as 64 GB internal storage space, up from 16 on the two lesser configurations.
The 1.8 GHz quad CPU of the $200 and $230 ZenFone 2s should be enough to handle your everyday gaming, browsing and multimedia tasks, with Android 5.0 Lollipop in charge of smoothing the software out, and 13 and 5 MP cams covering your normal photography and selfie needs.
Coated in black only when featuring 4 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM, the ZE551ML also supports microSD cards, dual SIM use, 4G LTE connectivity on American GSM networks, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac.
Compared to what many people consider the affordable heavyweight champion of the world, the third-gen Motorola Moto G, this is $50 costlier, but so much better in everything from digital hoarding room to memory to sheer size and screen resolution, with 5.5 inches of beautiful Full HD glass. What are you waiting for, a special invitation?