Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ASUS Zenfone 2 Full Review, A New Monster Smartphone in 2015

Today in this post I'll tell ASUS Zenfone 2 review, a new monster smarphone in 2015. Last january at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas, ASUS introduce a their newest smartphone.

And Last July when Asus launched the ZenFone 2. This year, Asus has an ambitions to grow bigger in smartphone industry and hopes that it can disrupt the market in a wayanother manufacturers have.

Lets' find it out to review ASUS Zenfone 2!

1. The Box and What's Included?

ASUS Zenfone 2 Review

Start from the box, ASUS Zenfone 2 still use an elegant design, similarly with previous product; Zenfone 4,5,6. Covered by wrap plastic, on right side of the box user can see the excellent features which offered by ASUS Zenfone 2 likes Full HD Screen, Blueetooth 4.0 and the camera. and who's responsible for importing at the back.

In the box are included handled Zenfone 2, warranty card, manual, USB Cable and adapter charger which use 5V.2.0 for output.

USB Cable

The USB Cable included can be useful as a charger cable and also function as a data cable to connect Zenfone 2 to computers. This function make we can transfer files; photos, music, document, or video. Another function to run PC Link features and charging using USB port.

Android Version & Specs

Most of we know, ASUS Zenfone 2 has Android 5.0 Lollipop as operating system. Using newest Intel Atom architecture that offers higher performance with a more efficient power consumption. Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML that this time we discussed using posesor quad core Intel Atom Z3580 with a speed of up to 2,33GHz, and 4GB RAM.

For the SIM card, ZenFone 2 supports LTE 4G data connectivity. Its own microSD slot capable of supporting up to 64GB cards. Technology Laser Direct Structuring Antenna 5 will improve the signal quality.

2. Body Design

ASUS Zenfone 2 Body

Continue the typical concentric circle design Zenfone and Zenbook and still using arc ergonomic design. So make more comfortable because the back side is curved to fit our hand. Micro USB Port for charging and data transfer has same position as previous Zenfone series.

When we take a look to this smartphone, it has 5MP front Camera to improve better selfie photo and 13MP at the main camera. ASUS Zenfone 2 used unibody design, Li-Polymer 3000mAh battery which can't removed. However, users can add or remove SIM card and microSD slot provided easily.


Come with 5.5 inch with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. By streamlining bezel, which 15.2cm as long and 7.72 at the wide make 72% of the cross sectional area of the body is a part of the screen. This percentage is higher than the number of premium smartphones made by another manufacturers.

The screen bring IPS Full HD 1080x1920px can providing more wide view angle, up to 178 degrees. Compared with other premium smartphones which has 5 layers on display, ASUS Zenfone 2 Truvivid technology only use 4 layers; LCD, OCA (Optical Clear Adhesive), Sensor, and Cover Glass.

But the level of transparency of the display becomes higher, it's reach 94%. LCD with 403ppi density level offer a brightness level up to 400nits. So user can still see the display clearly even when in outdoors. Optical Clear Adhesive layers added to the clarity of the screen offers up to 99%.

The sensor offers a great fast response time, just 60 milliseconds after getting a touch of a finger. Beside that, ASUS bring Glove Mode feature. It will make still responsive even though we using the glove.


The position of speaker isn't change at all, same as Zenfone 4,5,6. But the chamber 25% higher, so loudspeaker capable to producing tight sound but smooth even at high volume.  To improve quality, the chamber was made with 3 magnet, and voice coil construction made by metal.

Power Button

Shifted to the top the speaker output. At the top use 3.5 mm earphones port and audio input for noise cancellation. Noise cancellation feature will be very useful when users make calls in noisy ambient conditions.

Volume Button

Volume buttons equipped with concentric circle design. and moved to the back of the smartphone body. Placement of buttons on the back  makes ASUS Zenfone 2 easily when operating with one hand. The key also serves as a shutter button. It's make good to adjust the volume or take photos, especially selfie photos.


Softkey button also available at the bottom of the smartphone, placed outside the part of the screen. The entire display area can be maximized to show the when we running applications.


Main camera used 13MP with an aperture of f/ 2.0 with 5 element lens, so it can producing images with high quality. The presence of dual LED flash with dual tone claimed will make the picture seem more natural low light color.

3. New Features And Applications

Zenfone 2 Feature

ASUS made more than 1000 modification compared with standard Android interface. User interface named ZenUI. made more simple and easier to use. Bring new features like ZenMotion, SnapView, and ZenUI Instant Updates. After Zenfone 2 activated, we'll look screen display.

By default, there's information about the date, weather, location, status of our GSM network, and three shortcuts to the most frequently used applications. Users can also activate features double click on the volume button to activate the camera even though ZenFone 2 is in standby mode.

If needed, the user can also inform the name or description of smartphone owners are concerned in view Lock screen. Quick access applications that exist also can be changed or turned off when not needed

Zenfone 2 Feature

Launcher has been updated with more fresh ZenUI icons. We can further modify widget, wallpaper, icon pack, scroll effect, preferences and settings by pressing on a blank space at the Home screen to bring up Manage Home menu.

We also can add it by download icon pack which available in PlayStore. 11 effect can choose make more personality.

Zenfone 2 Feature

To speed up the boot process, we can set by manually what software will be loaded. This feature is very useful, and one thing you must know, isn't required root access to change options. If need, users also can restore to the initial configuration. ASUS Zenfone 2 still has Audio Mode to customize sound, Power Saving Mode and Splendid Application to setting display colors.

Zenfone 2 Zenmotion Feature

One of greatest feature of this phone is ZenMotion. By using this feature we can perform certain movement to perform various activities on this smartphone. ZenMotion has 2 categories; Motion Gesture and Touch Gesture. 

Motion Gesture

An example by shaking ZenFone 2 when user browsing, then the system will automatically create screenshots and web pages which open will saved in Do It Later. This's the point, when you've not busy, you can see a list of Do It Later and continue reading web pages that have been saved earlier.

Touch Gesture

We can turn on smartphone when in idle by tapping twice the screen. Then, we can write certain letters with our finger to directly open the desired application. Here's the example :If we write 'W' on the screen, ZenFone 2 will instantly light up and open the browser. Write 'e' will open and run email application. Gesture shortcut also can be modified.

4. Security

ASUS Zenfone 2 already provides some security mode. Ranging from security standards, such as the installation of the Unknown sources (blocking unofficial application installation, a standard security feature of Android OS), the Lock screen, Screen pinning, Kids Mode, until the security application Dr. Safety of TrendMicro.

Kids Mode

Zenfone 2 Kids Mode Feature

An interesting security was added by ASUS. That's is Kids Mode. We can make ASUS Zenfone 2 can't receive calls while activate Kids Mode. Very useful for our children when studying.

Lock App

Zenfone 2 Lock App Feature

An owner of ASUS Zenfone 2 also can lock applications that he wants, so can't opened by another users. When we use this feature, the password that we set before will saved in a Google account. If we forgot the password we can restore it by email.

Dr. Safety And SnapView

Zenfone 2 SnapView Feature

For further data security, ASUS collaborate with Trend Micro provides Dr. Safety. In addition to scanning for security threats or privacy, users can also get protection when Zenfone 2 lost. By activated ths feature, we can find the location of Zenfone 2 using Google Maps.

This alo can make we lock the SIM card from being used by unauthorized people. It could send messages from far. So people who find Zenfone 2 will receive message to contacting the owner. Another options, Zenfone 2 which loss can be partially removed, such as contacts, account information and the contents of the SD card, or delete anything that was there.

5. Camera

Zenfone 2 Camera Test

Asus Zenfone 2 has a newer camera technology named PixelMaster Camera 2.0. PixelMaster is an imaging system developed by combining a special algorithm, hardware, and optics to produce quality photos.

To support image capture, Asus Zenfone 2 features dual tone flash in order to produce a more natural color in the image. Resolution 5-megapixel at the front camera with wide-angle lens that covers up to 85 degrees to optimize selfie. The front camera now also supports the Low Light Mode and Zero Shutter Lag.

Manual Mode

Zenfone 2 Manual Mode Camera

Zenfone 2 Manual Mode Camera Test

The most interesting thing camera feature to review is the Manual Mode feature. By using manual mo, users will feel like ZenFone 2 shooting with DSLR cameras.

And here's ASUS Zenfone 2 camera test ( credit Eryl Gustiana‎ ) :

ASUS Zenfone 2 Camera Test

ASUS Zenfone 2 Camera Test

ASUS Zenfone 2 Camera Test

ASUS Zenfone 2 Camera Test

ASUS Zenfone 2 Camera Test

6. Performance

For performance, ASUS Zenfone 2 come with really great performance. ZenFone 2 use PowerVR chip 6430 with speed 533MHz, that supports OpenGL 3.2. Intel Z3580 processor has 3x higher than previous version, and speeds up to 7x times faster in gaming.

With this specs we can play games, browse the web, and play Full HD video smoothly. Running multiple applications in multitasking isn't make any problem at all.

ASUS Zenfone 2 Performance

From the comparison has been carried out, Intel said that this new processor offers speed 2 times faster than octa-core Mediatek processor, or 2x faster than one class processor on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.

7. Battery Life

ASUS Zenfone 2 Battery Management System

Use a Lithium-Polymer battery with 3000mAh capacity offers enough energy to supply power. Not only offer a large enough capacity to supply power, ASUS bring unique system power management technology named ASUS BoostMaster Technology.

This tech will make recharge the battery from empty to 60% only in 39 minutes.  The point of this system is recharge quickly in the beginning and after more 60% the charging system will slow down, so it can reduces the temperature.


Finally, overall of the review ASUS Zenfone 2 from body design, display, sound, feature, security, camera quality, performance untill the battery I must say ASUS Zenfone 2 is a monster smartphone maybe you should to buy.

So that's all I can write about ASUS Zenfone 2 Full Review, A New Monster Smartphone in 2015. Hope you've enjoyed reading this tutorial as much I’ve enjoyed writing it. Please comment with feedback to support us. Thanks for visiting.

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4 Responses to "ASUS Zenfone 2 Full Review, A New Monster Smartphone in 2015"

  1. how much money i must prepare to get this monster? :D

    1. :D You can check in asus store or another sites which offers this monster for more details.

    2. the price start from S$299.00 for ZE550ML 2GB/16GB. thank you so much for writing complete review

  2. i was check in amazon. it has $381.99 for asus Zenfone 2 Ze551ml with 32gb and 4gb Ram