Asus Zenfone 2 goes stateside, will cost you $199 and up

Asus’ super affordable, yet attractive Zenfone 2 series has finally made the journey to the US and has also gone on sale. Prices start at $199 and for now, only two versions are being offers. Both come with 5.5-inch displays and Intel Atom processor.

The Asus Zenfone 2 series comprises of 3 main models. The ZE500CL is the entry-level option with a 5-inch 720p display, the ZE550ML offers a 5.5-inch HD panel, while the ZE551ML comes with even beefier hardware.

The last option is what you’ll be able to buy in the US. The cheapest model is tagged at $199 and it features a 1.8GHz quad core Intel Atom Z3560 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. And for an extra $100, you’ll be able to pick up the same Asus phone with a 2.3GHz Atom Z3580 chip, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory.

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Apart from these components, everything else is more or less identical on the two Zenfone 2 ZE551ML handsets. The company has implemented a design akin to what you’d find on new LG phones where the volume keys are located to the rear just below the main camera.

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Asus has loaded the new smartphones with Android 5.0 Lollipop and the latest Zen UI. The display here proffers FHD visuals and is accompanied by a 5MP selfie shooter. And on the rear, there’s a 13MP snapper with a dual tone LED flash.

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Here’s an overview of the Asus Zenfone 2 ZE550ML/ZE551ML specifications:

– Android 5.0 Lollipop
– 5.5-inch 1080p FHD LCD panel w/ Gorilla Glass 3
– 2GB/4GB RAM
– 1.8GHz/2.3GHz Intel Atom quad core processor
– 16GB/64GB internal storage, 64GB expandable
– Dual SIM w/ 4G LTE
– 5MP front camera, 13MP rear shooter
– 3000mAh battery

The Asus Zenfone 2 smartphones are available through Amazon, Newegg and B&H unlocked.