The Taiwanese brand-name Asus released the latest Zenfone 2 flagship at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) which was held in Barcelona, Spain, at the beginning of the year. The device is amazing and has a very small price, being cheaper than many mid-range smartphones belonging to famous companies. We’ll compare it with Motorola’s second generation Moto X, which came last year, and we’ll see which is worth buying.
Design, dimensions and displays
The Zenfone 2 is very beautiful on the outside, featuring a brushed metal design with volume and power buttons placed below the rear camera, stealing this idea from LG’s G3, but the difference is that the Asus device has a rectangular shape, not a floating arc design. The dimensions of this device are 152.5×77.2×10.9mm, it weights 170 grams and has an IPS display measuring 5.5inches, supporting 1080×1920 pixels at 403 ppi.
As for the Moto X 2, the phone is slightly improved in terms of appearance, meaning that a metallic frame was added, and on the front panel are now two horizontal bars. The back is made of plastic with matte effect, and at the top there’s a small dip. Its dimensions are 140.8×72.4×10 mm and it’s 26grams lighter, meaning that the screen is a lot smaller. The technology is AMOLED, the size of the screen is 5.2inches, but the resolution is also 1080×1920 pixels. However, it offers a higher pixel density of 424ppi.
The Zenfone 2 has not one, but two variants of hardware configurations, but both processors are Intel Atom. The first variant has a Z3580 quad core 2.3GHz processor backed by 2GB of RAM, while the other variant has a Z3560 quad core 1.8GHz Processor with 4GB of RAM, while they’re both sharing a PowerVR G6430 GPU. There are three storage options: 16 and 32GB expandable up to 64GB and a variant with a capacity of 64GB.
The Moto X 2 is a bit older and comes with an inferior Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 processor, backed by Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM, while its internal storage is unexpandable and has capacities of 16 or 32GB.
Both devices have rear cameras with a resolution of 13MP with dual LED flash, but only the Zenfone 2 features 3x optical zoom. Regarding the front cameras, the Asus device shows its supremacy with the 5MP shooter, which easily beats the 2MP secondary camera from the Moto X 2.
The Zenfone 2 provides a non-removable battery of 3000mAh, but we’re waiting for benchmark results to get an idea about how long it lasts. But, compared to the 2300mAh battery from the Moto X 2, we can draw the conclusion that the Zenfone 2 has a longer battery life.
The Zenfone 2 was released today in Taiwan, and the price of the 4GB variant is 290 dollars, while the 2GB variant costs 220 dollars. The device runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, just like the Moto X 2, but this device costs 500 dollars on Amazon.
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