Review: Asus Zenfone 2 – HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDER

When it comes to smartphones, what drives your choices? If looks and materials are important to you, the bulky, plastic-shielded Asus Zenfone 2won’t make your shortlist. But if all the stuff under the hood counts for more points, then the gigantic, hulking shape of the device won’t matter to you as much.

The massive Android phablet takes the “computer in your pocket” trope quite seriously. It’s an impressive multitasking machine that’s adept at video, web surfing, and running all manner of apps, though it suffers just a bit of a lag with some heavier games. It comes with a choice of two different high-end Intel Atom processors, both quad-core, both 64-bit. One version (costing $199) features a 1.8 GHz CPU with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of memory. The faster phone (costing $299) has a 2.3 GHz processor with 4GB of RAM, and includes 64GB of internal storage. It’s the first Android phone to feature that much memory, the same as the Lumia 640 XL.

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