Earlier in January, ASUS unveiled the ZenFone 2 line during CES 2015. After hitting stores in some parts of Asia and Europe, ZenFone 2 is finally going to be available in the U.S. At an event in New York, the Taiwanese giant announced their two ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) models which will be available for purchase in the US and Canada from various resellers starting May 19.
The phone maker had put up a launch page for the ZenFone 2 on May 18, offering the smartphone in two variants – one with 2GB and other 4GB of RAM. Both Asus Zenfone 2 models will be available for purchase at major retailers like Amazon, B&H Photo, Groupon and Newegg, both online and at brick and mortar stores. Currently Amazon promises next day delivery, though it costs a bit more, while the higher-end variant may require an extra day or two to process.
Both variants of the ASUS ZenFone 2 will come with a 5.5-inch full HD (1920 x, 1080) display covered with Gorilla Glass 3 and fitted in with an aluminum chassis and rocking a thin bezel of just 3.3mm and a pixel density of 403 pixels per inch (ppi).Besides a number of specifications, the ZenFone 2 sports a 64-bit Intel Atom processor that will power both versions of the device – one variant clocked at 1.8GHz, while the other is clocked at 2.3GHz. The latest flagship smartphone can also deliver high-quality gaming performance that's almost seven times faster than that of its predecessor, according to ASUS.
The less costly version has got a 2GB RAM and an internal storage capacity of 16GB, while the other has got 4GB of RAM and 64GB flash storage. Other specs include a 13-megapixel pixel master rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture lens and zero shutter lag, along with an industry-leading low-light mode that improves brightness up to 400% without the need of flash. It also comes with a 5-megapixel front camera that can capture a 140-degree field of view with its selfie Panorama mode. Both the variants will be powered by a 3,000mAh battery that keeps them running all day long.
The phones will feature four color options, like black, grey, silver, and red. The pocket friendly version will cost $199 (carrier contract), while the top variant is going to be priced at $299. The models will come unlocked and will work on GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but not on CDMA networks such as Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular.