Jan 05 AT 3:45 PM Nick Sarafolean 2 Comments

ASUS introduces Zenfone 2, Zenfone Zoom

ASUS Zenfone 2 (2)

CES 2015 is kicking off with several big announcements, and the latest one is from ASUS. The ASUS Zenfone 2 is ASUS’ flagship phone for 2015 and it features some excellent specs. The display is of the IPS variety and is sized at 5.5-inches with a 1080p resolution. The design of the phone utilizes brushed metal and has a rounded back, similar to the design of the HTC One (M8).

The camera in the Zenfone 2 is a big deal for ASUS. It’s a 13-megapixel sensor that’s paired with an f/2.0 aperture and pixel-merging technology for significant improvements in low-light performance. ASUS also says that it has the best HDR out there, but we’ll have to test it out before we can believe that. On the front-facing side, we can find a 5-megapixel camera.

Performance internals are also fantastic. ASUS and Intel have partnered to put a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor inside the Zenfone 2. In addition to that, the Zenfone 2 is the first smartphone to include 4GB RAM, which is a huge amount for such a small device. In case you’re worried, the battery is well able to keep up, as it’s a 3000mAh battery with fast-charging technology that allows it to go from 0-60% in just 39 minutes. On the software end, the Zenfone 2 features ASUS’ ZenUI over Android 5.0 Lollipop.

ASUS ZenFone Zoom

The ASUS Zenfone Zoom is another new smartphone from ASUS that focuses on the camera. It hearkens of the Nokia Lumia 1020, with a camera hump on the back that allows it to have 3x optical zoom. That’s paired with a 10-element lens, 13-megapixel sensor and optical image stabilization for incredible detail and low-light performance. Laser autofocus is included and the software includes a powerful macro mode as well as full manual control over camera settings.

The Zenfone Zoom is also equipped with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 5-megapixel front-facing camera Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI.

ASUS has priced the Zenfone 2 at $199 off-contract and it will be available in March with five different color options. The Zenfone Zoom is priced at $399 off-contract and will be available in Q2 2015.

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A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • Dirty Budha

    $199 off contract??? Srsly? The only downside, really, is the speakerphone on the back. $200 ain’t bad for the specs. Once rooted it’ll be pretty sweet.

  • Dave

    Absolutely need one, I can’t see myself passing this up, even if it were just a backup smartphone. Is this coming to the US?! Well, be available for the US? because I don’t think they ever mentioned that. I want one in the Transfusion series, with 32GB interal storage, and I’ll get me a cheap 64GB Class 10 Micro SD Card, and this will be LIFE!