News & Reviews: ASUS ZenFone 2 specs
Feb 27, 2016
While it was announced last year in 2015, it looks like ASUS are confirming that a number of devices will be getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update by Q2 of 2016. New additions since previously include the ZenFone Zoom and Max but it also appears that certain ASUS ZenUI apps like ASUS Messenger, ASUS Mail and ASUS Calender will be replaced by their Google apps as the default apps. You can redownload these apps and install them with a factory reset after the update though.
- PadFone S PF500KL
- Zenfone 2 - ZE550ML and ZE551ML
- Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML
- ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition (ZE551ML)
- ZenFone 2 Laser - ZE500KG, ZE500KL, ZE550KL, ZE600KL, and ZE601KL
- ZenFone Selfie ZD551KL
- ZenFone Max (ZC550KL)
- ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML)
Nov 04, 2015
ASUS and the fashion trend-setting Kim Jones have announced that they are joining forces for the Incredible Catwalk, inspired by the style of the ASUS ZenFone 2. The international fashion adventure spans seven Southeast Asian countries in just seven days to create stunning fashion images based on the national dress for each country. The countries include India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam complete with behind-the-scenes videos and more.
Sep 18, 2015
The ASUS ZenFone 2 offers a well balanced mix of style and performance. It is also one of the most affordable 4GB RAM smartphones around with the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML 4GB RAM / 32GB storage version going for RM1199. Quite recently a version with 4GB RAM and 16GB storage has appeared onAmazon and other online resellers for just $229 (RM970). While most of the tech specs and features remain the same with a 5.5-inch FHD display and 13MP PixelMaster rear camera, it looks like this version may have the slightly slower 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3560 processor rather than the 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor but both are just as powerful. Still no news of any Malaysia release dates for this version of the ZenFone 2 but it could offer a very tempting below RM1K smartphone for the Malaysian masses.
Jul 19, 2015
The ASUS ZenFone 2 is one of those smartphones which offers near the best in performance per value but one of the major detractors for it is it's low battery life. For the most part, this is because users are not utilizing all of the battery life saving functions and features available on the ZenFone 2. In this article we go through 10 helpful tips to increase energy efficiency and lengthen battery life even longer than before on your ASUS ZenFone 2 smartphone. Check them out for yourself in this article or see what we found out in our ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML review.
Jul 13, 2015
Bloatware are typically apps that come pre-installed or with an official update for your smartphone or device that you do not actually need. Most of the time these bloatware apps are treated as system apps and can't be removed or uninstalled. The best thing you could do previously was to turn off notifications and disable it. For a while now, even the ASUS ZenUI packed on a good deal of bloatware, but with recent updates you can now remove said bloatware completely. To do that go to Apps and tap on the Uninstall Updates button. After tapping OK, a second dialog box will appear asking if you want to uninstall the app. Click OK and that resource draining sucker is gone! Bear in mind that this could be applicable for ASUS devices that have had the latest updates and so far it works on the ASUS ZenFone 2 and ASUS Fonepad 7 which have received their latest updates. You still can't delete everything though as some apps are considered non-removable for certain reasons. In any case, this is a great first step by ASUS and should make it even more popular, especially those who have been itching to remove a bloatware app in particular.
Jul 10, 2015
After our in-depth testing and ASUS ZenFone 2 review, we're quite certain about how powerful the smartphone really is. However, an XDA member took it a step further by hacking the device to allow it to run a full-fledged Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. According to Yua Ca Van, the same process can allow installation of Windows 8, 8.1 and even Windows 10. Furthermore, the Windows 7 that was installed ran with next to no bugs with performance on par with normal Windows 7 systems. While this certainly shows the power of the Intel-based ZenFone 2 it isn't actually easy to use Windows 7 on the ZenFone 2 due to the size constraints. Check it out for yourself in the video in this article.
Jul 07, 2015
ASUS have just launched their "100 Days of Zen" campaign where everyday for the next 100 days, one winning photo will get their photographer a free ASUS ZenFone 2 smartphone. Done in collaboration with Robert Jahns (otherwise known as nois7 on Instagram) all you have to do to enter is download an image by Robert from the site and add a little something of your own (keep it G-rated please). Hashtag this collaboration creation with #100DaysOfZen and post it on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Check out the sample below and then go to the 100DaysOfZen site for more information. Robert Jahns used the ASUS ZenFone 2 to do all of the photos being used in the contest and if you need a few more details about the smartphone do check out our ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML review as well.
Jun 02, 2015
As the race for the 4GB RAM smartphones continues the ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML also continues to impress. This time around we take it for a spin with Asphalt 8:AirBorne and with a USB OTG flash drive. How will this versiosn with a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor and 32GB storage fare? Check it out for yourself in this article.
May 28, 2015
Truth be told, quite a few of us have been asking ASUS Malaysia when they'll be selling the 4GB RAM versions of the ASUS ZenFone 2, and now you can get it online at the Malaysian ASUS Store. Both the 32GB storage and 64GB storage versions are available but colours are limited to Gold and Red for now. This new ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML features tech specs that include a very fast 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor, the aforementioned 4GB RAM, either 32GB or 64GB storage and a 5.5-inch full HD display in a compact body the size of the ZenFone 5. For now, do check out our unboxing and hands-on videos of this ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML below and stay tuned for the full review and more.
May 26, 2015
The ASUS ZenFone 2 is really making waves as an affordable yet performance-level smartphone. It turns out that it also has a tool to make the transfer from your old smartphone easier, allowing you to transfer stuff like contacts, calender and bookmark data to your new ASUS ZenFone 2. While it has a whole bunch of different smartphones to choose from like Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo and LG, it seems that this is the perfect tool for those who previously got an ASUS ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 or ZenFone 6 to transfer your data over. Personally, I did it with my ASUS PadFone S as the list of models available is both comprehensive and up-to-date. The transfer is done via bluetooth though, so make sure your phone supports bluetooth if you intend to use the Data Transfer tool for your new ASUS ZenFone 2.