Today, ASUS brings an affordable flagship to the United States with the ZenFone 2. Will you be getting one?
While ASUS is better known for tablets — like the Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 — and a decent offering of lower and middle-end smartphones, the ZenFone 2 — available now for $199 or $299 depending on configuration — is a new foray into a more full-featured phone. Finding a smartphone with a quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for three hundred bucks is eye-catching, to say the least. And while there are sacrifices made here and there — and detailed in our review — the question at the end of the day is a simple one.
Will a ZenFone 2 be finding its way into your hands?
The ZenFone 2's major specs aside, this phone is certainly aiming to check as many boxes as it can with its modest price point, offering features such as dual SIM card support, microSD support, and NFC support. NFC is largely lacking from most of phones in that price range, and the addition allows for users who may not otherwise have the chance to try out services like Google Wallet tap-and-pay. The 3000mAh battery isn't removable, but it's gotten us by well enough that you likely won't miss it, and while we wish the camera app was faster — the rest of the phone is downright snappy — the phone has pleasantly surprised us with its performance.
But is there room in your life for the ZenFone 2? Are you looking forward to the savings this phones provides over other flagships that are double the price (or more)? Or are the corners they cut just too much for you to bear? Share your thoughts in the comments below — and over in our ZenFone 2 forums — and make your voice heard.