Asus Zenfone 2 launch event and hands on!

Asus has finally brought their most powerful Intel powered smartphone into asia. Debuted on Indonesia today, the Asus Zenfone 2 comes with 2 different version (ZE551ML  & ZE550ML). The ZE551ML is the most premium variant of the Zenfone 2 that packs with 2 or 4GB RAM and a powerful 64 bit Intel processor. Here a the list of the specification variant in both models.


  • 5.5′ 1280×720 HD display
  • Intel Atom Z3560 64 bit processor(Highest clock rate at 1.8GHz)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal memory(supports 64GB MicroSD expansion)
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Dual SIM stanby
  • 152.5×77.2×10.9mm
  • 170g


  • 5.5′ 1920×1080 Full HD display
  • Intel Atom Z3560/Z3580 64bit processor(Highest clock rate of Z3580 @ 2.3GHz; Z3560 @ 1.8Ghz)
  • 2GB/4GB RAM
  • 16/32/64GB In(supports 64GB MicroSD expansion)
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • Dual SIM stanby
  • 3000mAh
  • 152.5×77.2×10.9mm
  • 170g

The premium variant ZEM551ML comes with different choices such as different Intel processor, total RAM, and storage. The most premium Zenfone 2 comes with Intel Z3580 processor and 4GB RAM along with Full HD display and 64GB of internal storage. The cheapest variant of the Zenfone 2 ZEM551ML comes with similar specification of the ZEM550ML that uses Z3560 processor and 2GB of RAM.

The pricing details of the Zenfone 2 is shown below

Premium ZenFone 2 ZE551ML :4499000 rupiah (~Rm1263)

Moderate specs ZenFone 2 ZE551ML: 3999000 rupiah (~RM1123)

Lowest/Standard spec Zenfone 2 ZE551ML: 2999000 rupiah (~Rm849)

ZenFone 2 ZE550ML: 2699000 rupiah (~RM 758)

Asus also released several Zenfone accessories which includes flip cover and earphones. In terms of Malaysia ringgit, the Flip case was priced at RM45; ZenEar S at RM196; ZenEar at RM22, ZenPower at RM76; Lolliflash at RM33 and Zenflash at RM67.

Asus also share their honorary achievement as Top 3 market share in southeast asia during 2014 Q4.


Now lets comes to our short hands on experience!

The main build material on the Asus Zenfone 2 is mainly consisted of polycarbonate. However, Asus has created a brush metal texture on the phone that makes it even more premium and feels metallic.

With curved back design and round edge corner, the Zenfone 2 highly suits any hand gripping style and feels comfortable. There is no hardware keys found on the side while the volume button were located on the rear side of the phone.

The power button was ported on to the center of the top. This makes it much convenient for both left and right handed users. If the power button location wasn’t convenient for you, the Zenfone 2 can be waked and sleep when double tapped on the display.

Let’s see more details here

Zenfone 2 runs on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.

Samples pictures taken from 13MP rear camera 


More pictures from the 5MP front camera


The picture below was taken in extreme low light environment. With pixel master 2.0 technology, the luminance of the image was brighten up to 300%.



HDR samples


More pictures from the Zenfone 2!


The Asus Zenfone 2 does leaves an outstanding impression when it comes to device experience and exterior design. The brush metal design makes the polycarbonate back cover appears more attractive and elegant. Besides, the 4GB RAM does pack lot more forces when it comes to multitasking and we will evaluate it on upcoming review! Stay tuned at Zing Gadget for more information!