ASUS to Offer Two Unlocked Versions of ZenFone2 in North America


Asus Zenfone 2It may be recalled that ASUS showcased its ZenFone2 at 2015 CES. But the smartphone was released only in European and Asian markets so far. The company now intends to offer this smartphone to gadgets markets in the US and other North American countries. For starters, there will be two versions of this device for this market, and both will be unlocked versions.


Both ZenFone2 devices are “unlocked”. Therefore, buyers can choose any carrier excluding Verizon and Sprint. Both these versions of ZenFone 2 have a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels. The screen to the device’s body ratio is about 72 percent. Gorilla Glass three is used to protect this screen.

The rear camera in these devices is 13MP camera, whereas the front camera is merely 5MP camera. ASUS has added a rear key for superior navigation. But the best part is the thinness of these devices. Both these devices are just 3.9 millimeters in thickness.

The back case of these handsets is made from plastics. Buyers also have a choice of four colors, i.e., gray, black, red, and gold.


The more sophisticated version of the device will have a 64-bit quadcore processor, more specifically Intel Atom with a processing speed of 2.3 GHz. The RAM in this device will be 4GB. Storage included would be 64GB.

The device with lower specifications would have a processor with a processing speed of only 1.8 GHz. In addition, this device would have merely 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.


ZenFone 2 has been received well in other markets, and ASUS has also priced them right. The advanced version of ZenFone 2 costs about $300 whereas the device with lower specifications costs $100 less. While the reports from other markets on this device have been good, the features may be outdated. In any event, new smartphones have captured market share, which could have been ASUS’ share. It is unlikely that ASUS ‘these smartphones will make the scenario change dramatically. It also remains to be seen which of Intel’s processors the company will use in these smartphones. Intel’s Atom comes in three versions, i.e., x7, x5, and x3.

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