Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (4 GB/32 GB). 6% discount. Shipped from and sold by amazon.it £249.15 with next day delivery to the UK.
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Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (4 GB/32 GB). 6% discount. Shipped from and sold by amazon.it £249.15 with next day delivery to the UK.

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Found 21st May 2015
I've been waiting for this phone to be available in the UK since January, and I know I'm not alone judging by the number of people who've been hassling AsusUK for a release date on Twitter and Facebook. I looked into ordering it from HK/Taiwan sellers but decided against it after looking through the feedback. Similarly, I don't buy phones from Amazon and eBay resellers due to paranoia about spyware because I use my phone for banking and server admin. None of the four French suppliers announced at the European launch would ship to the UK. I held out for the US launch on 18 May thinking I'd have my sister bring it over when she visits next week, but the official stock released through Amazon.com has a 2-4 week lead time on it.

Today I ordered it from amazon.fr and paid a total of £268.28 for next day delivery to the UK (like a tool, I didn't check amazon.it where there is a current 6% discount - they even said on the French page that it was an Italian import. What a dummy).

Anyway, all being well I should have it tomorrow so I will post the results in this thread if you want me to be your guinea pig.

Model: ZE551ML
Ships from and Sold by: Amazon EU S.a.r.L
Version: 6J162WW
Unlocked
Silver or Red (Black is also in stock but without the discount, so €349 instead of €328.22)
Dual SIM
Display: 5.5" IPS Full HD 1920X1080, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop (ZenUI)
Storage Capacity: 32 GB
CPU RAM: 4 GB LPDDR3
CPU: Intel® Atom™ Quad Core Z3580 (2.3GHz), PowerVR G6430, with OpenGL 3.0 support
Rear camera: 13mp f / 2.0 dual LED flash Real Tone / Technology pixelmaster
Front: 5MP wide-angle 85 °
Battery: 3000 mAh
BoostMaster Technology: charging 60% of the battery in 39 minutes
MicroSD card slot: up to 64 GB
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth V4.0
NFC
GPS/GLONASS/QZSS/SBAS/BDS
G-Sensor/E-Compass/Gyroscope/Proximity/Ambient Light Sensor
2G : EDGE/GPRS/GSM : 850/900/1800/1900
3G : WCDMA : 850/900/1900/2100
4G : FDD-LTE: 2100MHz(1)/1900MHz(2)/1800MHz(3)/1700MHz AWS(4)/850MHz(5)/2600MHz(7)/900MHz(8)/800MHz(20)

The Euro price is €328.22, so you can get it cheaper if you have a good conversion rate on your credit card. My crappy Barclaycard rate was roughly the same as the Amazon ~3% charge, so I went with Amazon for the simplicity of conducting the transaction in GBP. You can also save a few quid by going for a longer delivery time.

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Hope this lives up to expectations, I have been waiting for this bad boy to appear. do you know what the warranty will be?

Banned

Already have this, just rooted it and removed bloatware and it flys see my Antutu results below

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Crawley_Electronics

Already have this, just rooted it and removed bloatware and it flys see … Already have this, just rooted it and removed bloatware and it flys see my Antutu results below



Impressive if it is quicker than a OnePlus One in real life. Heat added. Nice post OP.

Very keen to hear your thoughts on this phone, Sambo22

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shonkygeeza

Hope this lives up to expectations, I have been waiting for this bad boy … Hope this lives up to expectations, I have been waiting for this bad boy to appear. do you know what the warranty will be?


As well as the standard Amazon 30 day return policy (I'll be checking all the listed specifications against the phone I receive), there is a 24 month warranty from Asus. It's national pick up and return, so I'd obviously try to swing it through one of the UK centres as it will be a bit of a ball ache to do it via France or Italy. It's the gamble you take, but they haven't even given a release date for the UK yet, and given how it's worked in the other launches it's unlikely they will have much/any stock on the day it is released. I would bet on a late June launch for pre-orders with mid-July delivery date. Add to that the probable "UK, mugs-of-the-world" mark-up and the fact that I really need a new phone now (1/3 of the touchscreen is knackered on my out-of-warranty Sony so I'd need to buy a Moto G or something to tide me over) and I reckoned it was worth a punt.
Edited by: "Sambo22" 21st May 2015

Seen these going on ebay uk for £200

Looks okay for a budget phone. Reading about unilluminated capacitive buttons and a lot of body creak would put me off though. Haven't voted one way or the other.

just about to order but theirs no option for delivery tomorrow its saying 26th

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hafizpatel

Seen these going on ebay uk for £200


That's the 1.8 GHz Z3560 version.

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polly69

just about to order but theirs no option for delivery tomorrow its saying … just about to order but theirs no option for delivery tomorrow its saying 26th


It's a Bank Holiday on Monday, so Tuesday delivery date if you missed the cut-off time for next day delivery.

I have been trying to find where I can get this, really tempted now, just gotta convince myself over the warranty bit. Look forward to some comments from sambo! Confirmation on the frequnecy band, especially the 4g frequencies will be great! I am just being paranoid with phones from outside of the UK and if they will work on UK networks.

Ordered been waiting for the UK release but theirs no sign of it and even when their is its not going to be £240 more likely to be £400, Clove have the 2gb version and that's £228 so for around £10 more we have the flagship. Does it come with English so you go to settings and just change the language, id also be interested in the rooting if someone has a guide.

Hot! Just ordered for £244 and some change.

I need it to work on 3 so hopefully the frequencies match the network.
Nice find OP. I have been putting it of fire ages as I did not want to order direct from far east. Look forward to your update.
Heat added.

MitchellT

£176.99 @ eglobalcentral (with £5 code).Or am I missing s … £176.99 @ eglobalcentral (with £5 code).Or am I missing something?https://www.eglobalcentral.co.uk/asus-zenfone-2-ze551ml-4g-lte-32gb-sim-free-unlocked-silver-en.html




That looks like the same phone. Is it EU stock or would it be grey?

slartibartfastt

That looks like the same phone. Is it EU stock or would it be grey?



I was just informed that they are trading from Hong Kong so probably not EU stock, doesn't look like you will pay import tax or custom duty either. 24 month warrenty.

Supports the following bands:

2G Network:
850MHZ
900MHZ
1800MHZ
1900MHZ

3G Network:
850MHZ
900MHZ
1900MHZ
2100MHZ

4G Network:
800MHZ
850MHZ
900MHZ
1700MHZ
1800MHZ
1900MHZ
2100MHZ
2600MHZ

Edited by: "MitchellT" 21st May 2015

Its £184 from a place called simply electronics, am I missing something ? (Dodgy Site? selling from HK?)


Edited by: "stiffnuts" 21st May 2015

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stiffnuts

Its £184 from a place called simply electronics, am I missing something ? … Its £184 from a place called simply electronics, am I missing something ? (Dodgy Site? selling from HK?)


MitchellT

£176.99 @ eglobalcentral (with £5 code). Or am I missing something?


Those are the slower 1.8GHz Z3560 version that was released in Taiwan.

I've got this phone and it really is blazingly fast. The camera is not too good but a firmware update a couple of days ago was meant to improve it. The only real problem is battery life. It's not good. Way less than a day with moderate use. This is probably because it's still running Android Lollipop 5.0, which Google acknowledged had a power-drain problem and fixed it with 5.1. Asus is sending out updates pretty regularly so hopefully it'll be updated to 5.1 quickly. If the battery-drain is sorted, it will make it a superb phone.
And, yes, it works on 3 in the UK. Well, a 3 SIM works in slot one but not slot two. Slot two doesn't handle 3G or 4G, but slot one does.
Edited by: "iainmann" 21st May 2015

stiffnuts

Its £184 from a place called simply electronics, am I missing something … Its £184 from a place called simply electronics, am I missing something ? (Dodgy Site? selling from HK?)

MitchellT

£176.99 @ eglobalcentral (with £5 code). Or am I missing something?



Ah, thought it was too good to be true, thanks.

Rather have a Lenovo K3 note, better battery life and similar spec but an octacore cpu. Half the price too.

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submerged

Rather have a Lenovo K3 note, better battery life and similar spec but an … Rather have a Lenovo K3 note, better battery life and similar spec but an octacore cpu. Half the price too.



Anyone know anything about this Lenovo? Where can you get it EU stock and cheap?

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submerged

Rather have a Lenovo K3 note, better battery life and similar spec but an … Rather have a Lenovo K3 note, better battery life and similar spec but an octacore cpu. Half the price too.


For the price the K3 is a good phone but it's specs look like a 2014 phone masquerading as a 2015 (only 2 GB of RAM and no ac WiFi). It's got the same size battery as this the Asus (3000mAh) and lasts longer because the processor is slower and less power-hungry. 4 GB of RAM is the main selling point of the Zenfone 2 - it might seem excessive now but a 2 GB phone on Lollipop is going to be as buggy as a 1 GB phone on KitKat, and the flagships from the end of last year onward have had 3 GB.

Sambo22

For the price the K3 is a good phone but it's specs look like a 2014 … For the price the K3 is a good phone but it's specs look like a 2014 phone masquerading as a 2015 (only 2 GB of RAM and no ac WiFi). It's got the same size battery as this the Asus (3000mAh) and lasts longer because the processor is slower and less power-hungry. 4 GB of RAM is the main selling point of the Zenfone 2 - it might seem excessive now but a 2 GB phone on Lollipop is going to be as buggy as a 1 GB phone on KitKat, and the flagships from the end of last year onward have had 3 GB.



I agree to a certain extent but it still seems expensive for a cheap looking handset. Would be interested at the £140 mark direct from china but not what it is now. Though I am used to buying good value phones from China as the uk phones dont do it for me now.

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submerged

Would be interested at the £140 mark direct from china but not what it … Would be interested at the £140 mark direct from china but not what it is now.



If you're looking to spend less, there are lower spec'd models - confusingly, there are a several different versions of the Zenfone 2, but the main other ones are the 1.8GHz version with 2GB RAM, also available from amazon.it at £177 ( amazon.it/Asu…ZQ/ ), and the 1.6 GHz 5 inch 720p screen for £147 ( amazon.it/Asu…FOK - currently out of stock).
But there is plenty of competition in that sector so they don't really stand out in the same way as the 4 GB 2.3 Ghz one.

some real good information coming through. I need a phone with a battery to comfortably last a day with moderate use so I'll be sitting on the fence a while longer.

I haven't voted either way.

for some reason I'm just not feeling this handset. it looks cheap and reviews on battery life suggest it leaves wanting. be interested to see how people feel a few months down the line

I think the Asus phones look and feel cheap and would rather avoid the Intel can. Good price for it but not for me.

Really wanted this phone but put off now with the battery life issues. What's a good alternative phone to this at a similar price?

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Naruto

Really wanted this phone but put off now with the battery life issues. … Really wanted this phone but put off now with the battery life issues. What's a good alternative phone to this at a similar price?


The battery life issues are reportedly fixed now, along with memory usage, instagram app crashing and audio lag on videos when using a headset, among others. There have been five firmware updates for this model since April which if you don't like to tinker with your phone will probably scare the bejeezus out of you, but for someone who has had to wait months for fixes and software updates (I'm looking at you HTC) it gives real confidence that they have a great technical team supporting the phone who are responding well to feedback.
Firmware Updates

Naruto

Really wanted this phone but put off now with the battery life issues. … Really wanted this phone but put off now with the battery life issues. What's a good alternative phone to this at a similar price?

G3 or the Honor 6, M8 has also been around this price on voda iirc.

Thanks guys ^^

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Naruto

What's a good alternative phone to this at a similar price?



For £55 more I would probably have gone for the Sony Z3 if I wasn't so obsessed with the Zenfone 2:

hotukdeals.com/dea…324

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It's arrived safe and sound and is the correct model :-)
It took only 9 hours to go from the Warehouse to Milan to Bergamo to Cologne to Castle Donnington to Leeds, and then took 11 and a half hours in a van to travel a few miles North of Leeds to my house! I've got it on charge (using a hudl2 charger (5v, 2A) because I couldn't find a euro plug adapter that I know I have somewhere around here - the adapter that came with it says it does 5v, 2A or 9v, 2A - not sure how that works: will look it up tomorrow) and going to pop out for some beers. It looks gorgeous and feels very solid and well-made.

that was good deliver, cheers

£214 on Gearbest atm.

what's the battery life like? I'm considering this or the lg g4.

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santaclart

£214 on Gearbest atm.


Hahahahaha - keep your fingers crossed that it will eventually finally arrive and that you don't get stung for customs charges because they've opened it and found that the customs statement Gearbest put on the packet is complete bull feathers. If you do finally get it, it will be the TW version (Taiwan) not the WW (Worldwide) version so you have bupkis chance of getting it serviced here if anything goes wrong. Look at trust pilot and assume that most of the 5 star reviews are false and all of the recent, missing "This review has been reported to our Compliance Team" reviews read like the 1 star reviews that survived review. I don't like Amazon because they dodge tax but I do feel safe ordering from them.
uk.trustpilot.com/rev…com
I've wanted this phone for ages and there's a good reason why I didn't order it from eGlobal, everbuying, simply electronics, gearbest or any of the other far-east companies months ago.
(The only exception to the far-east traders that I've found is Fasttech who are awesome, have great customer service and allow their customers to **** them off when they get it wrong without deleting)
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