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The Ultimate ASUS ZenFone Buyer’s Guide




ASUS is on a roll last year with the release of a bunch of new Zenfones. As expected, they’re not stopping there and has launched a couple of new ones today. Not all Zenfones are created equal though, so if you’re planning to buy one and don’t know which one to pick, here’s a quick guide.

Author’s note: The Zenfones listed below are those released from 2015, comes with Android Lollipop, and available in the Philippines.

On a budget: ASUS Zenfone Go (ZC500TG)

For those in a tight budget, you can get a Zenfone Go (ZC500TG) starting at Php5,995. It has a 5-inch HD display, MediaTek quad-core CPU, Dual-SIM, 8MP camera, and Android 5.1 Lollipop. The downside is that it doesn’t support LTE connectivity so you’re stuck with 3G.

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ASUS ZenFone Go (ZC500TG) specs:
5-inch HD IPS display @ 1280 x 720 resolution
1.3GHz MediaTek MT6580 quad-core processor
2GB RAM
16GB internal storage
Expandable up to 64GB via microSD
8MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture
2MP front camera
3G
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
GPS, A-GPS
2,070mAh battery
Android 5.1 Lollipop
144.5 x 71 x 9.98mm (dimensions)
135 grams
Available in black, white, and red

Laser AF on a budget: ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE500KL)

Most of the new Zenfone 2s in the market right now have Laser AF but if you want to go entry-level we suggest the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE500KL) at Php7,295. It has a 5-inch HD display with Gorilla Glass, Snapdragon 410 quad-core CPU, 8MP rear camera, dual-SIM, LTE, and Android Lollipop.

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ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE500KL) specs:
5-inch HD display @ 1280 x 720 resolution, 294ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core CPU
Adreno 306 GPU
2GB LPDDR3 RAM
16GB internal storage
up to 128GB via microSD
8MP rear camera with Laser AF (0.03 focus time), F2.0 aperture, and dual LED flash
5MP front camera
Dual-SIM
4G LTE, 3G HSPA+
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, EDR
GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS
2,070mAh battery
Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI
143.7 x 71.5 x 10.5mm
140 g

READ: ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) Review

If you want a bigger Zenfone 2 Laser with a larger display, battery and camera resolution, you can opt for the Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) for Php7,995. Or the…

High-end phablet: ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE601KL)

The ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) features a 6-inch Full HD display with Gorilla Glass 4. It’s the company’s top-of-the-line Zenfone 2 Laser and second 6-inch Zenfone succeeding the ZenFone 6 from 2014. The ZE601KL sports a Snapdragon 616 octa-core CPU, 3GB RAM, 13MP rear camera with Laser AF, Dual-SIM, LTE, and Android Lollipop. You can get it for Php11,995.

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ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) specs:
6-inch Full HD display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution, 367ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
1.7GHz Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor
Adreno 405 GPU
3GB LPDDR3 RAM
32GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB)
13MP rear camera with Laser AF (0.03 focus time), F2.0 aperture, and dual LED flash
5MP front camera
Dual-SIM
4G LTE, 3G HSPA+
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, EDR
GPS, GLONASS, AGPS & BDS
3000mAh battery
Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI
165.55 x 84 x 10.55mm
190 g

READ: All Zenfone 2 Lasers Compared

For Selfies: ASUS Zenfone Selfie (ZD551KL)

Those who like doing selfies will find the Zenfone Selfie the perfect smartphone for Php11,995. Armed with a 5.5-inch Full HD display with Gorilla Glass 4, Snapdragon 615 octa-core CPU, 3GB RAM, 13MP Laser AF rear camera, and a 13MP front camera with dual-tone LED flash. There’s also a Selfie Deluxe version for the same price.

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ASUS ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL) specs:
5.5-inch full HD IPS display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution, 403ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor
Adreno 405 GPU
3GB LPDDR3 RAM
32GB internal storage
Expandable up to 64GB via microSD
13MP rear camera with dual-tone flash with laser auto-focus
13MP front camera with dual-tone flash, 88-degree wide-angle lens, and f/2.2 aperture
3G, 4G FDD-LTE
Dual-SIM, Dual standby
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0
Android 5.0 Lollipop
3,000mAh Li-Po battery
170 grams (weight)

READ: ASUS ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL) Review

Power specs for under Php15K: ASUS Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML)

Now if you want a good combination of specs and price then you might want to opt for the Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML). It has a 5.5-inch Full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3, Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. What’s missing though is Laser AF from its 13-megapixel PixelMaster camera. The configuration mentioned above is priced at Php14,995 but you can also get a 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3560 CPU, 32GB model for Php12,995.

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ASUS Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) specs:
5.5-inch full HD IPS display, 1920×1080 pixels @ 403ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 64-bit quad-core processor
PowerVR G6430 GPU
4GB LPDDR3 RAM
64GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSD
13 megapixel Pixel Master camera w/ dual LED flash
5-megapixel front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-Active
4G LTE, HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP, EDR
NFC
GPS with aGPS support, GLONASS
Android 5.0 Lollipop w/ ZenUI
Li-Ion 3,000mAh battery
152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9mm (dimensions)
170 grams (weight)
Black/Red/Gray/Gold

Power specs with big storage: ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe (ZE551ML)

Those who want to take the Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) experience up a notch may go for the Zenfone 2 Deluxe (ZE551ML). It is almost identical with the standard Zenfone 2 only this time, it has an internal storage of 128GB and attractive back covers with polygonal surface and chameleon-like coating.

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ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe (ZE551ML) specs:
5.5-inch Full HD IPS display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
64-bit 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor
4GB RAM
128GB internal storage
Expandable up to 128GB via microSD
13MP PixelMaster rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and real-tone flash
5MP front camera with 85-degree field of view
Dual-SIM/dual active
4G LTE, 3G HSPA+
Wi-Fi ac
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC
3,000mAh battery with ASUS BoostMaster fast charging tech
Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI
170g
Illusion white / Illusion Purple / Fusion blue

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The Deluxe is priced at Php17,995, but if you’re feeling lucky you can also buy the Deluxe Special Edition for Php20,995 which comes with a free 128GB microSD card, pre-loaded Asphalt 8 game with 25,000 credits, and a tandem of tessellated and carbon fiber-designed back covers.

READ: ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe Review, ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition Review

Long battery life for the heavy user: ASUS ZenFone Max (ZC550KL)

Heavy users who prefer phones that don’t die easily may find the Zenfone Max (ZC550KL) the perfect phone at Php8,495. It has a 5.5-inch HD display with Gorilla Glass 4, Snapdragon 410 quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 13MP rear camera, dual-SIM, LTE, and a 5,000mAh battery. This phone is currently leading our PC Mark battery test rankings at almost 20 hours.

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ASUS Zenfone Max (ZC550KL) specifications:
5.5-inch HD IPS display @ 1280 x 720 resolution, 267ppi
Gorilla Glass 4
64-bit 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor
Adreno 306 GPU
2GB RAM
8GB/16GB internal storage
Expandable up to 128GB via microSD
13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, laser autofocus, and dual-tone LED flash
5MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP, EDR
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
Dual-SIM, dual standby
4G LTE
5000mAh Li-Po battery
Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI
156 x 77.5 x 10.6mm
202 grams

READ: ASUS Zenfone Max Hands-On, First Impressions

For the mobile photographer: ASUS Zenfone Zoom (ZX551ML)

Launched just today is the company’s camera-centric smartphone – Zenfone Zoom (ZX551ML). It features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with Gorilla Glass 4, Intel Atom Z3590 quad-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 4GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, and a 13-megapixel rear camera with 3x optical zoom and Laser AF. Basically, it’s a Deluxe Special Edition with a camera on steroids. It’s also the most expensive ZenFone at Php26,995.

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ASUS Zenfone Zoom (ZX551ML) specs:
5.5 inch IPS LCD display @ 1920×1080 pixels, 401ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
2.5GHz Intel Atom Z3590 64-bit quad-core CPU
PowerVR 6430 GPU
4GB RAM
128GB internal storage
up to 128GB via microSD card
13-megapixel rear camera w/ 3x optical zoom, Laser AF, dual-tone LED flash
5-megapixel front-facing camera
Dual-SIM
LTE Cat4+
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS w/ A-GPS support
3000mAh Li-Po battery
Android 5.0 Lollipop w/ Zen UI
158.9 x 78.8 x 12 mm
185 g

READ: ASUS Zenfone Zoom first impressions, sample photos

And that sums up our guide. Hopefully, this guide will help you decide which Zenfone to get depending on your needs and budget.



This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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2 Responses

  1. Charlon says:

    Correction: ZE500KL sold here aports an 8MP rear camera instead of 13MP (which is sold in other countries).

  2. darth vader says:

    #ZenfonePaMore Sometimes, I feel that most of your articles are Zenfone-related or Asus-related. How about the other brands (i.e. huawei, lenovo, xiaomi, Samsung, LG etc.) I sense some bias on your post. Its like everyone here loves Asus. Where’s the great old Yugatech that really focus on whats hot from ALL aspect of I.T. industry? It seems it has now become Yugasus (Yugatech+Asus). I’ll end my comment by stating 1 quote. “When there’s smoke, there’s must be fire”. I wont say this if Im not part of your avid reader. #JustMy2Centavos

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