We got our first glimpse of the ZenFone 2 all the way back at CES, and it’s finally making its way over to the U.S. And looky here, we already have the beefier 4GB model in our office. It’s just as powerful and intimidating as we remember, and, even though it doesn’t have the mindshare of a Galaxy S6 or HTC One M9, we can see this being a viable competitor to the more established competitors on the market.
There are two different variants: one comes with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and an Intel Atom 3560 processor, while the other comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, an Intel Atom 3580 processor and BoostMaster Charger. Both versions come with 5.5-inch 1080p displays, 3000mAh battery and 13-megapixel cameras (5-megapixel front-facing). The ZenFone 2 also features Android 5.0 Lollipop with ASUS’s ZenUI skin.
The device sports a kind of metallic plastic finish, with a rounded back and capacitive buttons. The power button is up top, while the volume buttons are on the rear of the device; it’s very LG-esque.
To see the device in action, check out the unboxing above. It might not be your first choice, but it’s certainly a nice alternative to some of the bigger flagships on the market. You can get the device in red, black, gray or silver for either $199 of $299—those prices are off-contract.