ZENFONE 2 UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS.

Zenfone 2 unboxing, review, and first impressions

 

You are waiting for this, we know. And that is why, we are not taking this any longer for you to see what you’ll be getting at once you purchase your own Asus Zenfone 2 smartphone. Here is our Zenfone 2 unboxing and first impressions review.

ZENFONE 2 UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS.
ZENFONE 2 UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS.

Initially announced and released last May 16 by none other than Asus CEO Jerry Shen at the World Trade Center during the Experience 2Morrow Asus Philippines Zenfone 2 Launch, we got the first glimpse of what the Zenfone 2 series is capable of. Aside form it being the first smartphone with 4GB of RAM, it also stands out as one of the Top 3 foreign mobile brands marketed and sold in the Philippines.

Zenfone 2 is packed with a brand new ZenUI with Android 5.0 Lollipop OS and installed with 64-bit Intel Atom Quad-Core Processor.

But first let’s do the unboxing.

The box is reminiscent of the Zenfone 5 only with different orientation. The box will give you a detailed info of what you’ll be getting. Also, the box represents what color the unit you have purchased. Inside the box contains the Zenfone 2 unit, warranty and manual, USB cable and charger, and earphone with extra tips.

ZENFONE 2 UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS.
ZENFONE 2 UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS.

Zenfone 2 comes in four color variants: Gold, Silver, Red, and Black.

For the high end ZE551ML, you’ll have a choice from 16, 32, and 64GB storage while the ZE500CL has 16G.

The prices also varies for each ZE551ML storage: 16GB (PhP 9,995), 32GB (Php 13,995), and 64GB (PhP 14,995). The ZE500CL is priced at Php 7,995.

Battery is a 3000mAh lithium-polymer with 18W Adapter with BoostMaster fast-charging technology. It boasts with under 40 minutes, you can fully-charge your Zenfone 2 with this fast charger accessory.

As for the battery performance, we can say that it generally live up to its claim. Without any data on, the battery can run up to 48 hours while using data and calls reduced the battery life to an almost up to 18 hours from our usage. Using the camera and video often also affects the battery life.

The design of the unit is top of the line and it is created with Ergonomic Curve Design which provides a comfortable, secure grip, and features an intuitively-placed volume-control key on the rear of the phone within easy reach of the user’s index finger. The 5.5-inch Full HD IPS+ screen has a large 72% screen-to-body ratio that provides a maximized viewing experience, while reducing Zenfone 2’s overall size.

ZENFONE 2 ERGONOMIC CURVE DESIGN.
ZENFONE 2 ERGONOMIC CURVE DESIGN.

We are used to a smartphone with its power button at the right side of the unit, so we often get lost when we activate the on and off feature of the Zenfone 2. The power button is located at the middle top side of the unit for the Zenfone 2.

You’ll never see any buttons on both sides of the unit. In fact, the volume rocker is situated at the back cover casing of the device.

ZENFONE 2 VOLUME ROCKER AT THE BACK COVER.
ZENFONE 2 VOLUME ROCKER AT THE BACK COVER.

Wi-Fi connectivity is good and we did not find any difficulties when connecting to a Wi-Fi spot.

Performance of the camera is very good. The PixelMaster is Zenfone 2’s main feature and with it, including Low Light mode, Backlight (Super HDR) mode, and Super Resolution mode, ensure incredible photos even in dimly lit situations. We already took many photos and videos from this built-in software and we can say it’s one of the best we’ve ever used.

USING THE AUTO FEATURE OF THE PHONE.
USING THE AUTO FEATURE OF THE PHONE.
USING HDR FEATURE OF PIXELMASTER CAMERA.
USING HDR FEATURE OF PIXELMASTER CAMERA.
USING LOW LIGHT FEATURE.
USING LOW LIGHT FEATURE.
USING NIGHT TIME MODE.
USING NIGHT TIME MODE.

With the great f/2.0 wide-aperture lens, we can quickly and easily capture beautiful, high-resolution photos with zero shutter-lag. This feature competes with the big and bulky dslr cameras. Trust Zenfone 2 and you can leave your big gear at home.

USING AUTO MODE.
USING AUTO MODE.
USING AUTO MODE.
USING AUTO MODE.

Price point, we can say that it is a real value for money for the mid-range classifications. The 4GB RAM already speaks for itself. It’s like you’ve never left your PC at home with this memory. It’s worth the cash that you’ll be pulling out from your pocket.

As for the AnTuTu Benchmark v5.7 testing, we’ve got a 42,582.

ZENFONE 2 ANTUTU BENCHMARK RANKING.
ZENFONE 2 ANTUTU BENCHMARK RANKING.

For us, this will the best smartphone of its classification. Budget pricing at its best.

Here are the rest of the phone’s specifications:

Product Name Zenfone 2
Model ZE551ML ZE551ML ZE551ML
Operating system Brand-new ASUS ZenUI with Android 5.0 Lollipop
Processor 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560 Quad Core Processor (Running at 1.8GHz) 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 Quad Core Processor (Running at 2.3GHz) 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 Quad Core Processor (Running at 2.3GHz)
Display 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 403ppi IPS Display with Gorilla® Glass 3
Network standards HSPA+ UL:5.76Mbit/s/DL:42Mbit/s ,
DC-HSPA+ UL:5.76Mbit/s/DL:42Mbit/s
LTE speed: Category 4 maximum:  UL: 50Mbit/s/DL:150Mbit/s
2G EDGE/GPRS/GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
3G WCDMA (WW)
850/900/1900/2100
LTE 2100MHz(1)/1900MHz(2)/1800MHz(3)/1700MHz AWS(4)/850MHz(5)/900MHz(8)/ 1800MHz(9)/ 800MHz(18)/ (850MHz)(19)/700MHz(28)
FDD-LTE: (WW)

 

Memory and storage 16GB 32GB 64GB
LPDDR3 2GB RAM LPDDR3 4GB RAM LPDDR3 4GB RAM
Wireless 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Location GPS/GLONASS/QZSS/SBAS/BDS
Battery 3000mAh lithium-polymer with 3000mAh lithium-polymer with 3000mAh lithium-polymer
Optional 18W BoostMaster fast-Charging adapter 18W Adapter withBoostMaster fast-Charging technology 18W Adapter withBoostMaster fast-Charging technology
Boost Master Yes Yes Yes
(Support with 18W Boost Master Adapter) (Support with 18W Boost Master Adapter) (Support with 18W Boost Master Adapter)
Hard Bundle Adapter 7W Adapter 18W Boost Master Adapter 18W Boost Master Adapter
Dimension  Weight 152.5 x 77.2 x 3.9mm~10.9mm / 170g
SRP PHP 9,995 PHP 13,995 PHP 14,995

 

ZE500CL Product Specification
CPU Intel Multi-Core Z25601.6 GHz w/ Hyper-Threading technology
IOS Android 5.0, Lollipop
Modem GSM/GPRS/EDGE; WCDMA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+; FDD-LTE
Peak Data Rate LTE Cat3 DL/UL: 100/50Mbps
RF Band Support EU & US & APAC: GSM 850/900/1800/1900; UMTS 850/900/1900/2100; LTE 1/2/3/4/5/8/17+7+20
Display 5″ 1280 x 720 HD IPS
GFF Touch Panel (Gorilla 3)
Dimensions 148.1 mm x 71.5 mm x 10.9 mm
Weight Typ 155g
Battery Pack & Life 9.5 Wh , 2500mAh, Irremovable polymer battery
Memory LPDDR2 2GB RAM
Storage eMMC 16G
Micro SD Card Support (Up to 64GB)
I/O Audio jack: Head phone
Micro USB
Single SIM: Micro SIM Connector
Front Camera 2MP Front Camera
Main Camera 8MP Auto-focus Camera
SRP PHP 7,995

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