Asus has launched its much-awaited smartphone, the Zenfone 2, in India at at Rs 12,999.
The Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (4GB of RAM, 64GB storage) has been priced at Rs. 22,999, the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (4GB of RAM, 32GB storage) at Rs. 19,999, the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (2GB of RAM, 16GB storage) at Rs. 14,999, and the ZenFone 2 ZE550ML at Rs. 12,999.
With its impressive mix of hardware and software, Asus Zenfone 2 can easily rival some of the tier-one flagships. Zenfone 2 will compete against the likes of Xiaomi Mi4, Lenovo Vibe X2, Micromax YU Yureka and also top-end models such as Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), Moto X (2014) and others.
Asus ZenFone 2 ZE500CL, which features a 5-inch HD display, was not launched in India.
Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML features a 5.5-inch full-HD display in both the 2GB and 4GB RAM variants. All three variants are dual-SIM (Micro-SIM cards) smartphones with dual active support, feature Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and come with GloveTouch support. All variants run ZenUI based on Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop, and feature Intel Atom SoCs.
The Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (4GB) features a 64-bit 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, while the 2GB of RAM model features a 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560. The ZenFone 2 ZE550ML is also powered by the same Intel Atom Z3560 chipset. All the versions support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 64GB).
Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (4GB and 2GB of RAM) and ZenFone 2 ZE550ML both sport a 13-megapixel rear PixelMaster autofocus camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 5-element lens. The rear camera also offers a 52-megapixel Super Resolution mode. There is a 5-megapixel front-facing fixed-focus camera with an f/2.0 aperture and 85-degree wide-angle lens on board as well. All three ZenFone 2 models feature dual-tone flash.
The devices are backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery. All three models also feature ZenMotion touch and gesture control support, and 4G LTE bands in India - FDD-LTE Band 3 and TDD-LTE Band 40.
Specifications of Zenfone 2:
Front Camera: 5-megapixel
Resolution: 1080x1920 pixels
OS: Android 5.0
Rear Camera: 13-megapixel
Battery capacity: 3000mAh