ASUS today announced the all-new ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) – a flagship smartphone in the next-generation ZenFone family – will be coming to Canada this spring, offering Canadians a new premium contract-free smartphone option. The ZenFone 2 delivers gorgeous looks and powerful performance with an all-new ergonomic design, 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 13MP/5MP PixelMaster camera, quad-core 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 4GB RAM and 4G/LTE connectivity.
“We’re very excited to offer Canadians a new smartphone option this year, with the incredible ZenFone 2,” said Steve Chang, president of ASUS System Business Group in North America. “We have drawn on our considerable engineering expertise and experience to create a smartphone of luxury that everyone can enjoy.”
Building on the resounding global success of the ASUS ZenFone, which sold 1,500,000 units per month in the fourth quarter of 2014 and garnered enthusiastic reviews from journalists and users alike, the much-anticipated ASUS ZenFone 2 debuts many evolved features including a new version of ASUS ZenUI for Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is the world’s first fully-customizable interface, and Trend Micro security software for safe web browsing.
Design: Luxurious, ultra-thin Ergonomic Arc
- Luxurious all-new ergonomically-curved design with ultra-slim edges, 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display and 72% screen-to-body ratio.
ZenFone 2 has a stunning, all-new design employing iconic ASUS elements with a luxurious brushed-metal finish and distinctive concentric-circle detailing that echoes the spirit of Zen. ZenFone 2 introduces new and evolved aesthetic refinements, including a graceful curved case that tapers to an incredibly thin 3.9mm at the edges to lend ZenFone 2 a bold yet elegant look. This curvature provides exceptional comfort and a secure grip. Intuitive features and convenience are further enhanced by the rear-mounted volume control key that’s ideally-positioned for the user’s index finger.
An incredibly sharp and vivid 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display with a 403-ppi pixel density and wide 178-degree viewing angle, ensures lifelike photos, videos and great-looking apps on the ZenFone 2. ASUS TruVivid technology enhances display performance with bright and brilliant colors. The display has an ultra-narrow 3.3mm bezel, giving ZenFone 2 a remarkable 72% screen-to-body ratio for a maximized viewing experience. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 provides the ZenFone 2 with superior resistance to damage and fingerprints. An anti-fingerprint coating reduces friction by 30-percent for a luxuriously-smooth feel that maximizes the use of touch gestures.
The ZenFone 2 is available in four colors combined with the beauty and customizability of ASUS ZenUI to form a smartphone that is truly personal inside and out. Available colors for the include Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray and Glamor Red. Special Transfusion and Illusion covers are available to give users even more choices to match individuality.
PixelMaster camera: See what others can’t see
- 13MP PixelMaster camera with Real Tone flash, Low Light and Backlight (HDR) modes and real-time beautification for perfect photos every time.
A 13MP PixelMaster camera with a wide F/2.0 aperture lens enables the ZenFone 2 to capture stunning, high-resolution photos with zero shutter lag. This industry-leading Low Light mode employs pixel-merging technology to capture photos at night or in low light up to 400-percent brighter without the need for a flash. The ZenFone 2 is equipped with a Real Tone flash to ensure warm skin tones and accurate color when a flash is needed.
The dynamic Backlight (HDR) mode enables the ZenFone 2 to capture vivid, evenly-exposed photos in challenging lighting conditions such as sunset portraits. Backlight (HDR) mode ensures that foreground subjects stand out clearly and free of shadows by using pixel-enhancing technology that increases contrast up to 400-percent.
Manual mode provides full control over the camera settings, including ISO, shutter speed, aperture and more to provide a photographing experience similar to high-end cameras on the ZenFone 2.
The ZenFone 2 is also equipped with a 5MP front-facing camera with a wide, 85-degree field of view perfectly engineered for taking selfies with real-time beautification. ZenUI Selfie Panorama mode captures panoramic selfies with up to a 140-degree field of view for those that want to capture a group of friends or include a scenic background in selfies.
Powerful performance for today, and beyond
- 3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 4GB RAM, ultra-fast 4G/LTE and fast-charge 3000mAh battery for powerful all-round performance.
ASUS ZenFone 2 is powered by a quad-core 64-bit Intel Atom processor Z3560 (1.8 GHz) or Z3580 (2.3 GHz) and 4GB RAM to deliver up to seven times (7X)1 faster gaming performance than its predecessor. A 60ms touch response time ensures lag-free input while OpenGL 3.0 provides incredible gaming performance.
Lightning-fast 4G/LTE connectivity ensures data speeds of up to 150Mbit/s and 802.11ac Wi-Fi ensures stutter-free video and music streaming for smooth and fast data connectivity on mobile and Wi-Fi networks. Dual SIM card slots with Dual Active technology makes the ZenFone 2 the perfect travel or business companion and enables users to have two active phone lines on a single device to keep in touch from anywhere.
A high capacity 3000mAh battery provides more than a full day of use on a single charge so users can spend more time enjoying the ZenFone 2. Fast-charge technology quickly recharges the ZenFone 2 to 60% battery capacity in only 39 minutes.
Interface: A simpler, smarter, more personalized ZenUI experience
- New ZenUI for Android 5.0 Lollipop is world’s first fully-customizable UI, with Trend Micro security, ZenMotion gestures, and a stealth account function for enhanced privacy.
Freedom, connection and expression form the foundation for the ASUS ZenUI mobile user interface. These three pillars inspired the evolutionary changes to ZenUI for ZenFone 2. This latest version offers a simpler and smarter user experience with a stylish new layout that utilizes white space for a cleaner design and places information front and center for a simpler and smarter user experience.
ZenFone 2 is the world’s first smartphone to give users the ability to completely customize it to match their personal style and usage preferences, including ZenUI’s launcher, themes, fonts, icons and more.
ZenUI has many great new features, including ZenMotion, SnapView, Trend Micro security and ZenUI Instant Updates, that enhance usability, ensure security and privacy, and deliver a seamless user experience.
- ZenMotion is a collection of intuitive touch gestures that provides a new way of interacting with ZenUI and allows quick and easy access to frequently-used features such as One Hand mode or Do It Later.
- SnapView is a security feature that ensures privacy for apps, photos and files. SnapView lets users easily keep their personal and business information separate.
- Trend Micro security is integrated with the ZenUI browser for total mobile web browsing security.
- ZenUI Instant Updates is a seamless new method of keeping ZenUI apps up to date. ASUS app developers can make updates available immediately with ZenUI Instant Updates to avoid delays between app releases and ensures the best experience for ZenFone 2 users.
1 Performance improvements measured against the original ASUS ZenFone featuring Intel’s Clover Trail+ platform.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS ZenFone 2 will be available for Canadians this spring at online retailers. Pricing to be announced in the coming weeks.