The newest ZenFone from the family came at CES 2015, being presented along with the ZenFone Zoom, which is a smartphone with a camera that supports 3x optical zoom. The ZenFone 6 and 5 were released last year and Asus’ name started to be on many people’s lips. Curios to try the new phones, many users were very pleased of their performance, and it seems that over 15 million Zenfone devices were sold so far. It sounds promising for the Taiwanese company, which has big plans for the future. We bring you a comparison between the Zenfone 2, 5 and 6.
Displays and dimensions
The ZenFone 2 comes with a Full HD IPS screen sized at 5.5inches, supporting 1080×1920 pixels at 403ppi and measures 152.5×77.2×10.9 mm, while it weights 170grams. Its body has the same shape as the previous models, but features a brushed metal finish instead of a simple plastic curvy back with a metallic band below the screen. The Zenfone 5 has a much smaller screen of 5inches, also IPS, and supports 720×1280 pixels at 294ppi. Its dimensions are 148.2×72.8×10.3pixels and it weights 145grams, while the Zenfone 6 is the beast, being comparatively bigger than the other two smartphones, featuring a giant screen of 6inches which, unfortunately, is able to render only 720×1280 pixels at 245ppi. But it’s somehow thinner than its siblings, measuring 166.9×84.3×9.9 mm, and it will be difficult to operate on it or to hold it, since it weights 196grams.
The Zenfone 6 is powered by Intel’s Atom processor with two cores, clocked at 2GHz, paired with PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics and has two variants of RAM capacities: 1GB or 2GB. Zenfone 5’s first variant has the same hardware combination as the Zenfone 6, while the other model is powered by an Intel Atom dual core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, coupled with 2GB of RAM. The Zenfone 2 brought a 64bit Intel Atom Z3580/ Z3560 chipset that supports a quad core processor clocked at 2.3GHz/1.8GHz and uses the new PowerVR G6430 GPU along with 2GB or 4GB of RAM.
All three devices come with microSD card slots for expansion, and their variants of internal memories are: 16/32/64 GB on the Zenfone 2, 8/16 GB on the Zenfone 5 and 8/16/32 GB on the Zenfone 6.
The Zenfone 2 and 6 have the same rear camera of 13MP with f/2.0 lens, but the newer model benefits from autofocus lens with dual-color Real Tone flash and its front camera is 5MP, while the other two devices have 2MP secondary shooters. Also, the camera on the Zenfone 5’s back side is 8MP and supports PixelMaster low light shooting.
None of the Zenfone 5 and 6 supports LTE and NFC, but otherwise, they come with the same connectivity options like the Zenfone 2 – 3G, GPS/ A-GPS, GPRS/ EDGE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Glonass, USB OTG.
The Zenfone 5 has the smallest battery of 2110mAh, being followed by the Zenfone 2 with a 3000mAh battery and the Zenfone 6 is powered by a bigger 3300mah battery.
On Amazon, the Zenfone 5 8GB costs only 180 dollars and the 16GB variant is 25 dollars more expensive. The Zenfone 6 16GB costs 255 dollars and the Zenfone 2’s price was set at 200 dollars.
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