First introduced at CES 2015 in January, the Asus ZenFone 2 is a very affordable Android handset that’s ready to launch in the U.S. With prices starting at $199, the smartphone also happens to come in a version that has 4GB of RAM under the hood. That’s something not even top flagship devices from Samsung, HTC or LG currently have to offer this year, yet Asus packed it into a budget-friendly high-end phablet.
The ZenFone 2 has a large 5.5-inch display with 1080p (Full HD) resolution, 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2/4GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 3,000 mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop on board.
The ZenFone 2 version that has just 2GB of RAM on board will be the cheaper one, priced at $199, while the 4GB of RAM model costs just $100 more. These are off-contract prices, meaning that you’d end up with a device that promises top performance without having to consider signing a new contract with your carrier for a subsidized flagship smartphone from Samsung, HTC or LG.
In fact, The Verge reports, carriers won’t even stock the ZenFone 2 models, meaning you’ll have to buy them from electronic retailers including Amazon, where the phone is already available for purchase (check it out at this link).
To check out the ZenFone 2’s performance (the 4GB RAM model), check out the video at this link.