Asus is bringing its flagship smartphone, the ZenFone 2, to the US and Canada. Starting tomorrow, the handset will be available in two flavors with pricing starting at $199 off-contract. Here’s everything you need to know about the new phablets.
Both handsets will ship with a 5.5-inch, 1080p display (403 PPI) that’s coated with Gorilla Glass 3 and embedded in a brushed aluminum chassis. As for internals, the cheaper of the two new phones will include an Intel Z3560 quad-core processor ticking along at 1.8GHz with 2GB of RAM on tap and 16GB of internal storage.
The beefier of the two will be powered by Intel’s Z3580 quad-core running at 2.33GHz. It’ll also have twice as much RAM at 4GB and 64GB of flash storage. The speedier of the two phones will set you back an additional $100 but will likely be worth it, especially for power users.
Each handset will come with a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture lens and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. A large 3,000mAh battery should keep Android 5.0 Lollipop (with a custom Asus overlay) up and running for a full day. And as you’d expect from a modern smartphone, it’ll come equipped with LTE Cat4.
Both will be available in red, black, gray and silver from May 19. Look for them at Amazon, B&H, Groupon and Newegg in the US and Newegg.ca, NCIX.com, Canada Computer and Memory Express in Canada.