The world held its breath when Asus showed the ZenFone 2 back at Consumer Electronics Show 2015. At that time, it was known as the only smartphone to sport 4GB RAM. No details on price or the probable variants was known at that time when it came to ZenFone 2. Well, in a matter of months, Asus cleared the air on the rest of the important details regarding the ZenFone 2, from price to variants. Knowing the way Asus differentiates its phones, everyone was interested in ZenFone 2 variants arising out of ZE551ML smartphone. Well, we have one here and we bring to you our initial impressions of the same.
Design: The Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (2GB RAM, 16GB) sports 77.2mmx152.5mmx10.9mm (lxbxh) and it weighs 170gm. There are few differences between the various members of the ZenFone 2 family.However, all of them excel on build quality fronts and objectively speaking, there is very little to complain about them as such.
Display: The Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (2GB RAM, 16GB) sports a 5.5-inch screen that puts out display resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The pixels per inch ratings stands at 401 and it supports multi-touch. Other than that, it is a standard IPS LCD display and uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection atop its screen.
Camera: The Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (2GB RAM, 16GB) sports a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel one on the front. The rear camera is a PixelMaster unit (Asus' own tech) comes with LED flash and auto-focus features. The front camera is also a PixelMaster unit and is a standard fixed-focus wide-view snapper.
OS and special features: The Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (2GB RAM, 16GB) runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop. You get 16GB internal storage space and you can use a microSD card to expand it up to 64GB. There is 3G and 4G network capabilities present on the smartphone along with Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and GPS with GLONASS. A microUSB port and dual SIM features seal the deal.
Performance and battery life: The Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (2GB RAM, 16GB) sports a 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor and has been paired with PowerVR G6430 GPU and 2GB RAM. Quite a powerful combination, it should be able to help you deal with daily tasks and take care of those power-hungry apps as well. Powering the hardware is a 3000mAh battery whose ratings are not available and it is non-removable too. However, it comes with fast charge support and you will need to get the optional 18W adaptor for the capability to work.
The ZenFone 2 ZE551ML has spawned a less powerful and a cheaper alternative which gets to retain most of the features as well as the same name as it does. However, this iteration of ZenFone 2 ZE551ML is not just another smartphone. Only that with a CPU with lower clock speed and less RAM, it is not in the same league as the more powerful ZenFone 2 ZE551ML. It still retains the fast charging capability with its battery, still has a 64-bit processor and 4G capabilities. For lesser price than its more powerful brother, it still is a steal.
|General Specifications||Launch Date||April 23, 2015|
|Model||Zenfone 2 ZE551ML|
|Color||Black, Gold, Red, Silver|
|SIM Card||Dual Micro SIM|
|Operating System||Android v5.0 (Lollipop)|
|Dimensions||152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm|
|Processor & RAM||Processor||1.8 GHz Quad core (Intel Atom)|
|Chipset||Intel Atom Z3560|
|Display||Size||5.5 inches (13.97 cm)|
Oleophobic coating, Corning Gorilla Class 3
|Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels, Full HD|
|Pixel Density||401 ppi|
|Screen to Body Ratio||70.67 %|
|Other Input Features||Multi-touch|
Dual-color LED Flash
|Rear Camera Sensor||CMOS image sensor|
|Rear Camera Aperture||f/2.0|
|Front Camera Aperture||f/2.0|
|Rear Camera Features||Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst Mode|
|Rear Auto Focus|
1080p@30fps, Full HD
|Battery||Battery Capacity||3000 mAh|
|Battery Type||Li-Polymer, Non Removable|
|3G||HSDPA 2100/1900/900/850, HSDPA 42 Mbps|
|4G||LTE Cat4 150 Mbps|
Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n
|USB Port||microUSB 2.0|
|Entertainment & Multimedia||Ringtone||Music ringtones, Vibration|
|Audio Format||AAC, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WAV, WMA|
|Video Format||3GPP, AVI, H.264, MPEG4, WMV|
|Storage||Internal Storage||16 GB|
Up to 128 GB
|Calling & Messaging||Phone Book||
|Additional Information||Items in the Box||Handset with built in Battery, Charger, USB Cable, User Manual, Warranty Card|