Asus Reveals ZenFone 2; Includes 4GB RAM Option

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  1. dgstorm

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    We somehow missed this second hot Asus news story from yesterday. The company not only announced their new ZenFone Zoom smartphone (as we reported here), they also announced their latest flagship the ZenFone 2. These beast of a device is sporting a hot new 64-bit Intel Atom processor and a 4GB RAM option!

    Here's the full breakdown:
    • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display
    • 64-bit 2.3GHz Super quad-core Intel Atom Processor
    • 2GB/4GB
    • 13-megapixel camera
    • 5-megapixel front-facing camera
    • Dual SIM support
    • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 4G LTE speeds of up to 150Mbit/s
    • 3,000mAh battery with fast-charging technology (60% charge in just 39 minutes)
    • Android 5.0 Lollipop with Asus ZenUI user interface
    Asus plans to launch the ZenFone 2 in March with prices starting at $199 for the 2GB for RAM version. No pricing details were given for the 4GB RAM option.

    You can see the full press release as well as another image of the device in the thread below.

    For further discussion on the new Asus ZenFone 2 please hit up our dedicated section here: ASUS Zenfone 2 Android Forum at DroidForums.net
     
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    Here's that image and full presser of the Asus ZenFone 2:

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    "ASUS today unveiled ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML), the flagship smartphone in the new-generation ZenFone family. With a gorgeous all-new ergonomic design, a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 13MP/5MP PixelMaster cameras, a 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 4GB RAM and 4G/LTE connectivity, ZenFone 2 delivers powerful all-round performance.
    Building on the resounding worldwide success of ASUS ZenFone, which sold 1,500,000 units per month in the fourth quarter of 2014 and garnered enthusiastic reviews from journalists and users alike, the much-anticipated ASUS ZenFone 2 premieres many evolved features including a new version of ASUS ZenUI — which has the world’s first fully-customizable interface — and Trend Micro™ security software for safe web browsing.

    “The passion behind the design of ZenFone 2 is our never-ending desire to empower luxury for everyone,” said ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih, “We have drawn on our considerable engineering expertise and experience with our popular ZenFone to create a smartphone that embodies this ambition. That device is the incredible new ZenFone 2 — luxury that everyone can enjoy.”

    Luxurious, ultra-thin Ergonomic Arc design
    ASUS ZenFone 2 has a stunning, all-new design employing iconic ASUS design elements that echo the spirit of Zen, with a luxurious brushed-metal finish and distinctive concentric-circle detailing. ZenFone 2 introduces new and evolved aesthetic refinements, including a graceful curved case that tapers to an incredibly thin 3.9mm at the edges to lend ZenFone 2 a bold yet elegant look. This curvature provides exceptional comfort and a secure grip, and intuitive control and convenience is further enhanced by the rear-mounted volume control key — ideally-positioned for the user’s index finger.

    ZenFone 2 has an incredibly sharp and vivid 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display with a 403ppi pixel density and a wide 178-degree viewing angle, ensuring lifelike photos and videos and great-looking apps. ASUS TruVivid technology enhances display performance even more with bright, brilliant colors. The display has an ultra-narrow 3.3mm bezel, giving ZenFone 2 a remarkable 72% screen-to-body ratio for a maximized viewing experience, and is covered with Corning® Gorilla®Glass 3 for superior resistance to damage and fingerprints. An anti-fingerprint coating reduces friction by 30%, giving a luxuriously-smooth feel to touch gestures.

    ZenFone 2 is available in five unique colors that, together with the beauty and customizability of ASUS ZenUI, result in a smartphone that is truly personal, both inside and out. The ZenFone 2 color portfolio includes Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray, Glamor Red and Ceramic White. Special Transfusion and Illusion covers are available that give users even more choices to match their own unique style.

    PixelMaster camera: See what others can’t see
    ASUS ZenFone 2 has a 13MP PixelMaster camera with an f/2.0 wide-aperture lens to capture stunning, high-resolution photos with zero shutter lag. This industry-leading Low Light mode employs pixel-merging technology to capture up to 400% brighter photos at night, or in low-light scenes, without the need for a flash. When a flash is preferred, ZenFone 2 is equipped with a Real Tone flash to ensure warm skin tones and accurate color.

    The ZenFone 2 camera also has Backlight (HDR) mode to let users capture vivid, evenly-exposed photos in challenging backlit scenes such as sunset portraits. By using pixel-enhancing technology to increase contrast by up to 400%, Backlight (HDR) mode ensures that foreground subjects stand out clearly and are free of shadows.
    For those seeking fine-grained control over camera settings like ISO, shutter speed and more, Manual mode offers users a DSLR-like experience right on their smartphone.

    ZenFone 2 is also equipped with a 5MP front-facing camera with a wide, 85-degree field of view perfectly engineered for taking selfies with real-time beautification. For those wanting to capture a group of friends, or include scenery in their selfie, ZenUI Selfie Panorama mode captures panoramic selfies with up to a 140-degree field of view.

    Powerful performance for today, and beyond
    ASUS ZenFone 2 is powered by an up to 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor Z3580 and has 4GB RAM to deliver up to seven times (7X)1 faster gaming performance than its predecessor. A 60ms touch response time ensures lag-free input, and OpenGL 3.0 provides incredible gaming performance.

    ZenFone 2 has built-in 4G/LTE connectivity for blazingly-fast data speeds of up to 150Mbit/s plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi, ensuring stutter-free streaming of video and music as well as a smooth all-round mobile experience. Dual-SIM capacity with Dual Active technology makes ZenFone 2 the perfect travel or business companion, allowing users to have two active phone lines on their device so they can keep in touch from anywhere.

    Users will spend less time waiting and more time enjoying ZenFone 2 with its high-capacity, 3000mAh battery that provides more than a full day of use on a single charge. Fast-charge technology enables recharges to 60% battery level in only 39 minutes.

    A simpler, smarter, more personalized ZenUI experience
    Freedom, connection, and expression form the foundation for ASUS’s ZenUI mobile user interface. These three pillars have also inspired the evolutionary changes to ZenUI for ZenFone 2. This latest version offers a simpler and smarter user experience, with a stylish new layout that utilizes white space for a cleaner design, and which places information front and center for a simpler, smarter user experience.

    ZenFone 2 is the world’s first smartphone to give everyone the ability to completely customize it to match their personal style and usage preferences, including ZenUI’s launcher, themes, fonts, icons, and more.

    ZenUI has many great new features — including ZenMotion, SnapView, Trend Micro™ security and ZenUI Instant Updates — that enhance usability; ensure security and privacy; and deliver a seamless user experience.
    • ZenMotion is a collection of intuitive touch gestures, each providing a new way of interacting with ZenUI, and allowing quick and easy access to frequently-used features such as One Hand mode or Do It Later.
    • SnapView is a security feature that ensures privacy for apps, photos, and files. SnapView lets users easily keep their personal and business information separate.
    • Trend Micro security is integrated with the ZenUI browser for the total mobile web browsing security.
    • ZenUI Instant Updates is a seamless new method of keeping ZenUI apps up to date. With ZenUI Instant Updates, ASUS app developers can make updates available immediately, avoiding delays between app releases and ensuring the best experience for ZenFone 2 users."
     
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    Exciting hardware being released/announced at CES this year. Gotta love it!

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    It's a great looking phone. However, since I now enjoy changing my theme colors, including my soft key colors, phones using capacitive buttons don't interest me.
     
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    Looks good. I wonder how the 2GB RAM version will perform?

    I think it was Miui that had the first totally customizable interface though.
     
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    I'm actually kind of excited for this one.
     
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    I just ordered a Turbo. Haven't even received it yet, and my phone is already outdated. :(

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    Awesome specs.. The 4Gig version goes to the top of my list.
     
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    Nah it's not outdated. I personally think phones come out to fast and the power and even memory in some cases are over kill. You can have that phone the next 3-4 years if you wanted and it will still do the same stuff as any other phone.
     
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    I want that black one, dear lord. I have two phones that I absolutely love, but I'd be willing g to jump one towards a flip phone (and buy one of these), awesome.
     
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    Joking, of course. But just once I'd like to have the most specc'ed out phone...for even just a day. lol
     
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