Asus, one of the largest motherboards creators of the world was started as a consultancy service in 1989. Soon, Asus designed motherboard for Intel’s 486 CPU without the access to processor and even fixed the problems faced by engineers of Intel. Today, Asus uses Intel’s mobile processors in its tablets and smartphones. ZenFone 2 by Asus is one of the top-notch smartphones by Asus launched in India. It was made available in four different variants. ZenFone 2 ZE551ML is also available with 2GB RAM and 4GB RAM with different processors. Let us go through a brief review of this smartphone.
Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML Review
Asus ZenFone 2 was the coolest edition to Zenfone series. The smartphone delighted a lot of users providing some of the best features. Let us have an eye over them.
Design & Built
Zenfone 2 metallic finish gives it a premium look. Some of the design elements from ZenFone 5 have been retained by Asus. The front of the phone is made up of black glossy plastic which has taken away its glossy feel. The Intel fast charging technology embedded in this smartphone makes the phone to get charged really fast- 0-60% in just about 40 minutes.
The volume rocker could be found on the side edges while the microUSB charging port on the bottom edge and power button & audio jack sits on top edge. The phone weighs just 175g and is 77.25 x 152.25 x 10.30 mm in dimensions.
The stunning 5.5 inches IPS display screen delivers 403ppi pixel density and videos can be viewed with resolution of 1080p. But, you may find the display dimmer than other handsets at its range. Though, the viewing angles are good. The display is further protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Software & UI
ZenFone 2 comes running on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It is installed with ZenUI providing 28 pre-loaded app. The ZenUI is not the best, but it has enough for the users to go with. The large custom icons and bright wallpapers look stunning.
ZenFone 2 ZE551ML comes in two variants – the first one is powered with Intel Atom Z3580 SoC processor clocked at 2.3GHz and 4GB RAM while the second variant has got Intel Atom Z3560 SoC processor clocked at 1.8GHz and 2GB RAM. For powerful graphics, the device is installed with PowerVR G6430 GPU.
The 13MP autofocus rear camera is capable to capture stunning photos and you can even shoot full HD videos at 1080p. The camera even captures good photos in low light. The 5MP front camera is well versed for the selfie lovers. Overall, the camera of ZenFone 2 gives a decent performance.
The powerful Intel processor and good RAM make multi-tasking an easy job. The device doesn’t heats up too frequently even when heavy apps are run on this smartphone. Camera can capture quality images even in low lights which is an added bonus with this device. Heavy games like Asphalt 8 can be played without any lag. The smartphone delivers below average picture quality and ends up on a dimmer side.
Storage & Connectivity
It comes with 16GB expandable memory. It offers Wi0Fi, Bluetooth, 3G/4G, GPS and NFC as connectivity options. Data is absent for SIM 2 slot. This means that the data will only work for SIM 1 slot.
Battery & Price
It has got a decent battery of 3000mAh and it last for longer time. When full charged, the smartphone can be used extensively for about 5 hours. The Intel fast charging technology makes the smartphone get charged from 0-60 percent in just 40 minutes. The topmost version of Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML is available at INR 13,999 in stores.
Reasons to buy Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML
- It has got Intel fast charging technology.
- Good camera
- Different variants available
- No heating even on excessive usage
Reasons not to buy Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML
- Poor & dimmer display
- No data for SIM 2 slot
- Complete Plastic Body except the edges
The Bottom Line
Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML is a marvelous smartphone to eye at. The phone is available at decent price with number of stunning features. If you love to do multitasking or play heavy games then this smartphone is made for you. But, the display of this smartphone might disappoint you ending up in dimmer side. Else everything is nice about this smartphone.