The ZenFone 2 is the new smartphone from ASUS, with a Full HD (1920 x 1080) 5.5” screen, 4 GiB of RAM, 32 GiB of storage,13 Mp rear and 5 Mp front cameras, Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core 2,3 GHz CPU, support to 4G LTE and Android 5.0 “Lollipop” operating system. Let’s see if is it a good smartphone.

The ZenFone 2 is the second generation of the ZenFone 5 and the ZenFone 6, both of which we have already reviewed. In the first generation, the number specified the screen size in inches, but on the new model the number designates its generation.

The model we tested is the ZE551ML, with 4 GiB of RAM, Atom Z3580 (2,3 GHz) CPU, and 32 GiB of storage memory. There are also other models, with option for 2 GiB of RAM, Atom Z3560 (1,8 GHz) CPU, and storage from 16 GiB to 64 GiB.

Figure 1 shows the box of the ASUS ZenFone 2.

ASUS ZenFone 2Figure 1: box

Inside the box, besides the smartphone, there is a wall charger, USB cable, and the user manual.

ASUS ZenFone 2Figure 2: accessories

Figure 3 reveals the ASUS ZenFone 2 (at the right), at the side of the ZenFone 5 (left). The design is pretty much the same, with the three Android buttons present as capacitive ones under the screen, and the front camera at the upper right. The area under the buttons is made of brushed aluminum (now in black), which gives the smartphone a classy touch.

Besides the bigger screen, the ZenFone 2 is only a little bigger than the ZenFone 5.

ASUS ZenFone 2Figure 3: the ASUS ZenFone 5 (left) and the ZenFone 2 (right)

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist, a PhD student, and is a college professor in Brazil.