Asus reached the hearts of many consumers because of its budget-friendly Zenfone line-up. These devices offered top-notch design and performance for a cheap price, with a spec sheet to brag.
Now we finally got our hands with probably one of the most anticipated device of the year, Asus’ follow-up to their successful line-up, the Zenfone 2. This device made a big buzz not only because it’s a successor to a blockbuster line-up, but it’s also the first ever smartphone to have a variant that is equipped with a 4GB RAM memory.
Before our full review, let’s unwrap the device’s package and see what’s inside!
The actual box’ look is a bit minimalistic. We got a picture of the actual front and back of the device on front, at a unusual landscape orientation. We got the Zenfone logo and an icon showing-off the device’s iF Product Design Award. Asus logo at the side. And some pretty cool holes at the other side, showing of the icons printed on the actual compartment of the packaging. These icons represents the Zenfone 2’s leading features like an impressive battery, 4G LTE connectivity and a FHD display.
Sliding up the packaging’s cover reveals the actual box with the Asus Zenfone 2 seating right at top, covered in a wrap-around plastic.
Digging in further shall reveal the User Guide and Warranty card, microUSB cable, an 18W Wall Adaptor and the earphones with extra eartips for different sizes.
Yup, you read it right. The device comes with a distinctively heavy but still a bit sleek 18W wall adaptor, but it’s only available with the 2.3GHz/4GB model. This is part of Zenfone’s BoostMaster technology, which is basically selfsame with the fast-charging capability that most of the high-end devices have these days. Asus claims that the device can be refueled to 60% in less than 39 minutes; I’ll reserve the validity of that statement in my full review after I ran my tests.
Also, if you haven’t noticed, the packaging doesn’t have a battery included, it’s because Asus had it sealed-in despite having a removable back cover. It may be a deal-breaker to some, but considering that the Zenfone 2 boasts a 3,000mAh battery, and of course, fast-charging capability, users may find it already satisfying.
Boy, how enormous this device is. Asus claims, the Zenfone 2 is a 5.5″ device trapped in a 5″ body. Which is something a little close to veracity, but still, this device feels huge in the hand. but despite being a bit gigantic, the device feels impressively light for its size. They really did got mimic the weight of a 5″ device on this large device.
I do also like the look front of the device, with an elegant looking feat design at the bottom part.
The back panel is purely made with plastic, but was tinted to have a brushed-metal look, thus making it appealing. The back panel also houses the volume controls, which feels ergonomic to use.
Although the power/lock button may have ended a different path of being easy-to-use. This button have been placed on the top, rather than at the sides. For a device this large, it’s a bit hard to reach. Although Asus compensated us with gestures that may substitute the use of those buttons.
Unboxing Video of ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
Well, that’s too much for now. Make sure to stay tuned for more coverage about this device, including our full review. For the specs and price list, click here.