Forget Samsung’s “next big thing”, HTC’s latest “dual-toned”, all-metal hero or even LG’s soon-to-be G4, regardless of prospective G Pen support or lack thereof. If you’re looking for bragging rights over owners of every other phone around, the Asus Zenfone 2 is the way to go.
At least the 5.5-inch Full HD/2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580/4 GB RAM/32 GB ROM configuration numbered ZE551ML. This goes for a more conventional vibe than the curvy Galaxy S6 Edge, and its specifications on the whole are nothing to write home about. Intel’s processors can’t match up to Qualcomm powerhouses, let alone the Exynos 7420 inside the GS6. Meanwhile, 1,080p screen resolution is so 2014.
But at the end of the day, in a sea of extremely similar handhelds, the ZE551ML stands out with record-breaking random access memory. Overkill? Perhaps. Just another way of future-proofing mobile tech? You bet.
The best thing about the specced out Zenfone 2 however is it’s not really priced “according” with the staggering RAM tally. Instead, it only costs $285 or so on Asian shores, and €300 on the old continent. That converts to a palatable $321, though technically, it should be €349, or $374.
Asus’ French branch says €299 is a promotional, time-limited tag, albeit we don’t see it signaled as such via third-party retailers. Hopefully, it’ll stick, and result in a $300 MSRP stateside “later this spring.”
As for lower-end variants, €249 buys our European friends a Lollipop phone with 5.5-inch 720p display, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage and 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z3560 chip. Finally, ZE500CL models command prices of €179 with 8 GB ROMs, 5-inch HD panels and 1.6 GHz Z2560 CPUs, and for €20 extra, you can double the storage space and keep everything else intact.
While Asus remains coy on sharing exact global spread information, chances are this is merely the beginning of Zenfone 2’s European bow, with America also a world tour destination in around a month.
A 5-inch HD version with 2 GB RAM is already available on Amazon.com, but it’s a tad expensive, at $219.
Source: Asus France Twitter