ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML), Grey Or Red, Android 5.0 FHD Screen Intel 64bit Z3580 Quad Core 1.8GHz 4GB RAM 16GB ROM 13.0MP Camera £124.04 @ Gearbest
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ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML), Grey Or Red, Android 5.0 FHD Screen Intel 64bit Z3580 Quad Core 1.8GHz 4GB RAM 16GB ROM 13.0MP Camera £124.04 @ Gearbest

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Found 10th May 2016
The Asus ZenFone 2 is one of the very pleasant surprises unveiled at CES 2015. Asus really outdid itself in its signature value-for-money territory, outing a phone with 1080p display, 13 MP camera, fast 64-bit processor, and a hearty battery for two Benjamins in starting price.

Design: taking a cue
Taking a little cue from LG, the ZenFone 2 sports a volume rocker placed fair and square on the back of the phone. By the company's own calculations, its phablet has a screen-to-body ratio of 72%, which falls in the middle as far as 2014 devices are concerned, and offers the passable dimensions of 6 x 3.03 x 0.43 in (152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm), though nothing extraordinary like the G3, for instance.

The ZenFone 2 has a chassis with a brushed metal texture, which again reminds strongly of the G3, and the dual tone flash on the back does nothing to disperse this impression. Asus is not being unoriginal, though, and promises a number of special Transfusion and Illusion models with rather unique shells – the former line combines two colors, while the latter offers some odd patterns to go with the phone's shell.

Display
The Zenfone 2 display is a Gorilla Glass 3-protected, 5.5-inch panel with a flagship-standard resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, returning an excellent 403 pixels per inch count, and offering 400 nits of brightness. There's really nothing to stand out in the screen specs department here, but for this starting price Asus's offering is more than generous, and will fit most everyone's needs.

Processor and memory: first with 4 GB RAM and 64-bit mobile Atom
Asus has a long history with Intel's mobile processors, and the ZenFone 2 isn't breaking that trend, though it is now a trailblazer for the new 64-bit frugal Atom silicon. Namely, it sticks with the LTE-enabled Intel Atom Z3580 processor with four cores that can reach frequencies of up to 1.8GHz, and a PowerVR G6430 GPU with OpenGL 3.0 support. This processor is proven to be both fast and frugal, so you won't have any issues running the latest and greatest Android software on the ZenFone, including heavy 3D games.

The company's biggest surprise with the handset is left for the memory department, though. The ZenFone 2 might start you off with 2 GB of RAM in the basic version, but the more expensive ones will come with 4 GB of RAM, making it the first smartphone announced with more than 3 GB of RAM, which the native 64-bit Android support, and the new 64-bit processors make possible now. Asus claims seven times faster gaming performance than the previous ZenFone edition, which has to count for something.

Camera
The camera at the back is a 13-megapixel unit with 5 element, f/2.0 aperture lens, complemented by a dual-color Real Tone LED flash. At the front, we are looking at a respectable, 5-megapixel selfie snapper with wide-angle (85-degree) lens, and an option to shoot selfie panoramas.

Asus also made it clear over and over again that its PixelMaster software is available with both cams and offers goodies such as a low light shooting mode that can supposedly snap photos that are up to 400% brighter, though the digital noise at this level will likely be pretty visible, too.

SIM: Dual SIM dual standby-by dual active
Storage: 4GB RAM + 16GB ROM (+ MicroSD)
Support Gravity/Light/Proximity Sensing System
FM/MP3/MP4/Bluetooth/GPS/Wifi Function Supported

Networks:
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2100MHz

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SIM2 Support2G (Call only)
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Original Poster
Review: http://reviews.gizmodo.com/zenfone-2-review-why-shouldnt-you-buy-this-fantastic-b-1718093797
Video Review: youtube.com/wat…hhU (says this has a non-removable battery at 1:30)
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML VS Note 4 - Speed & Camera Test! youtube.com/watch?v=st0eS2NeLQE

Brand: ASUS
Type: 4G Smartphone
OS: Android 5.0
Service Provide: Unlocked
Language: Japanese, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Afrikaans, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Catala, Cestina, Dansk, Deutsch, Eesti, English, Spanish, Euskara, Filipino, French, Galego, Harvatski, IsiZulu, Italian, Kiswahili, Latviesu, Lietuviu, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk bokmal, Ozbekcha, Polski, Portuguese, Romana, Rumantsch, Slovenscina, Suomi, Svenska, Vietnamese, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Thai, Korean
SIM Card Slot: Dual SIM,Dual Standby
SIM Card Type: Dual Micro SIM Card

Hardware
CPU: Z3560
Cores: 1.8GHz,Quad Core
GPU: PowerVR G6430
Radio/Modem: Intel 7262 + Intel 2230
RAM: 4GB RAM
ROM: 16GB
External Memory: TF card up to 64GB (not included)

Network
Wireless Connectivity: 3G,4G,Bluetooth,GPS,GSM,WiFi
WIFI: 802.11b/g/n wireless internet
Network type: GSM+WCDMA+LTE-FDD
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2100MHz

Display
Screen type: Capacitive
Screen size: 5.5 inch
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 (FHD)

Camera
Camera type: Dual cameras (one front one back)
Back-camera: 13.0MP (Dual flashlight)
Front camera: 5.0MP

Media Formats
Picture format: BMP,GIF,JPEG,PNG
Music format: AAC,MP3,WAV
Video format: 3GP,MP4
MS Office format: Excel,PPT,Word
E-book format: PDF,TXT
Live wallpaper support: Yes

Other Features
I/O Interface: 2 x Micro SIM Card Slot,3.5mm Audio Out Port
Sensor: Gesture Sensor,Gravity Sensor,Proximity Sensor
Additional Features: 3G,4G,Bluetooth,Browser,E-book,FM,GPS,MP3,MP4,People,Sound Recorder,Video Call,Wi-Fi

Battery
Battery Capacity (mAh): 3000mAh

Package Contents
Cell Phone: 1
Power Adapter: 1
USB Cable: 1

Dimensions and Weight
Product size: 15.52 x 7.72 x 1.09 cm / 6.11 x 3.04 x 0.43 inches
Package size: 19.00 x 12.00 x 6.00 cm / 7.48 x 4.72 x 2.36 inches
Product weight: 0.170 kg
Package weight: 0.550 kg

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Nice!
Am I correct in thinking it is missing a UK 4G band?
What's unique about a 3000mhz battery? My 4 year old Note has a 3200mhz bat.
Not liking the spiel but the spec seems excellent for the price.
Am I missing something with the cold votes?
Voted hot anyways.
There are loads of good phones out there with better specs and lower prices . The review below says it all.

techradar.com/rev…iew

This one would knock spots off it from here 2 weeks ago.

hotukdeals.com/dea…748
Original Poster
Red is 84p more, £124.88 gearbest.com/cel…tml
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I bought the 64gb version of this and have to say I'm very impressed overall. The only issue with it, which I hope will be rectified soon, is that I can't watch my sky sports mobile or do mobile banking on it. Something to do with it being an Intel processor apparently. Apart from that a very good phone.
aren't the lower specs ze550ml?

philreid1

I bought the 64gb version of this and have to say I'm very impressed … I bought the 64gb version of this and have to say I'm very impressed overall. The only issue with it, which I hope will be rectified soon, is that I can't watch my sky sports mobile or do mobile banking on it. Something to do with it being an Intel processor apparently. Apart from that a very good phone.



​ive got the same model and can do internet banking....although I'm Lloyd and hsbc
AndyRoyd

Am I correct in thinking it is missing a UK 4G band?



​Doesn't show the 800 band for 02, looks like other providers will work from the looks of it
Boyee

​Doesn't show the 800 band for 02, looks like other providers will work f … ​Doesn't show the 800 band for 02, looks like other providers will work from the looks of it



​i get 3 4g fine
djames108

​ive got the same model and can do internet banking....although I'm Lloyd … ​ive got the same model and can do internet banking....although I'm Lloyd and hsbc



​Not working with Barclays... phoned them. They said it was a security thing with Intel in these phones.
No UK 800 4g band so not for me. Much better phones on sale with UK 800 band and qualcomm 4g modem than the Intel inside in this phone at similar price. Intel failed in mobile space so now has cancelled all new mobile phone chips this year and is laying of more than 15000 staff due to mounting loss. Hope Zenphone 3 to be launched this month has UK band modem inside otherwise no good as a phone.
philreid1

I bought the 64gb version of this and have to say I'm very impressed … I bought the 64gb version of this and have to say I'm very impressed overall. The only issue with it, which I hope will be rectified soon, is that I can't watch my sky sports mobile or do mobile banking on it. Something to do with it being an Intel processor apparently. Apart from that a very good phone.



​Intel sucks in mobile phones. Many other apps are incompatible with x86 chipset Intel crap inside. Plus the modem is not comparable to Qualcomm. So Qualcomm sells for premium and no one wants Intel chips in mobile phones
Only thing I don't like about it, is the front of the phone would prefer it if the front matched the back in colour =(
jacjacatac

What's unique about a 3000mhz battery? My 4 year old Note has a 3200mhz … What's unique about a 3000mhz battery? My 4 year old Note has a 3200mhz bat.Not liking the spiel but the spec seems excellent for the price.Am I missing something with the cold votes?Voted hot anyways.



milliampere hour (mAh) not Megahertz (MHz)
is the lady sponsored by asus by any chance?! a lot of promoting there!
Original Poster
FoxTwist

is the lady sponsored by asus by any chance?! a lot of promoting there!

Eh? I only did a Deal for another ASUS phone about a week ago and that's the only one.

I simply add Deals from finds out shopping, email newsletters, and I take time to add pictures and reviews, and lists (I go into listmania mode if I have time) - simply to be a good Hotukdeals member. There's zero in it for me.
Heat for the price, but wouldn't touch gearbest with a barge pole. Been waiting three weeks for delivery of a Note 3... Paid extra for EU warehouse delivery. Absolute con of a company. I know no one will listen to this, as I ignored every negative view of gearbest I read, but if I help one person I'll be happy. Nothing against yourself OP. Id just recommend paying more from a better seller.
Original Poster
I've only ordered one thing from Gearbest (from the thread about the Cube iwork10/Linx 10 keyboard) which was just under £13. Not sure I'd spend much more to be honest!
Original Poster
With Gearbest/other Chinese e-tailers, I think there is a gap in the market for a company that offers stellar customer service (like Amazon) - if such a site existed word of mouth would put all the others out of business pretty damn quickly.

The feeling that you're dealing with a lottery - will it turn up? Will the seller keep extending the delivery time to try to get out of Paypal buyer protection? Will the device die on me after a few months with no comeback?

These all need to be addressed, it's a real shame because customer loyalty would make them more money in the long run.
MAXSTARR

Heat for the price, but wouldn't touch gearbest with a barge pole. Been … Heat for the price, but wouldn't touch gearbest with a barge pole. Been waiting three weeks for delivery of a Note 3... Paid extra for EU warehouse delivery. Absolute con of a company. I know no one will listen to this, as I ignored every negative view of gearbest I read, but if I help one person I'll be happy. Nothing against yourself OP. Id just recommend paying more from a better seller.


Normally id agree, but as its over £100 use your credit card and if they dick you about, whack em with a chargeback.
louiselouise

Red is 84p more, £124.88 … Red is 84p more, £124.88 http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_230532.html



Luvvvvvvvv'ing the Red one, very sexy, lol. :-)
louiselouise

With Gearbest/other Chinese e-tailers, I think there is a gap in the … With Gearbest/other Chinese e-tailers, I think there is a gap in the market for a company that offers stellar customer service (like Amazon) - if such a site existed word of mouth would put all the others out of business pretty damn quickly.The feeling that you're dealing with a lottery - will it turn up? Will the seller keep extending the delivery time to try to get out of Paypal buyer protection? Will the device die on me after a few months with no comeback?These all need to be addressed, it's a real shame because customer loyalty would make them more money in the long run.



This is always what puts me off buying any Chinese branded phones that do not have any presence in Europe.

Firstly many have no overseas operations for any warranty repair. Secondly it is bad enough putting faith in some UK retailers that sell mobile phones let alone any Chinese online retailer.

Amazing that the likes of Xiaomi being the largest Chinese phone manufacturer have no operations outside of China other than in India, and then you get companies such as ASUS, Lenovo etc that do but their phones whilst being GSM compatible are marketed for the Chinese market.

cicobuff

This is always what puts me off buying any Chinese branded phones that do … This is always what puts me off buying any Chinese branded phones that do not have any presence in Europe. Firstly many have no overseas operations for any warranty repair. Secondly it is bad enough putting faith in some UK retailers that sell mobile phones let alone any Chinese online retailer. Amazing that the likes of Xiaomi being the largest Chinese phone manufacturer have no operations outside of China other than in India, and then you get companies such as ASUS, Lenovo etc that do but their phones whilst being GSM compatible are marketed for the Chinese market.



The issue has a lot to do with copyright/patent laws, which by the way (more or less, more on the more side) don't exist in China. This is one of the reasons they are able to sell such great specs for little money.

If say Xiaomi officially sold phones in UK then all the big companies whose patents they are using could sue them, it is unfortunately as simple as that. The only option is if xiaomi or others actually take the effort to produce a phone which is compliant. But I think even that wouldn't stop their asses being sued.

One of the reasons this phone is cheap is the Intel processor in it, I think Intel was giving processors away for free at some point to get market share, (if they put that intel inside nonsense on the phones), not sure if it is this one.

In my experience intel processors (albeit in android and windows tablets) were pretty decent, never skipped a beat and never had compatibility issues. (Note also this is x64 rather than x86 as someone was arguing.) I also don't see the point of qualcomm fanboys, this really isn't much worse than say an S610 or so, according to benchmarks and I am sad to see qualcomm almost getting a monopoly. (I don't like Samsung, but am routing for exynos all the way here.)
Nexusfifth

The issue has a lot to do with copyright/patent laws, which by the way … The issue has a lot to do with copyright/patent laws, which by the way (more or less, more on the more side) don't exist in China. This is one of the reasons they are able to sell such great specs for little money.If say Xiaomi officially sold phones in UK then all the big companies whose patents they are using could sue them, it is unfortunately as simple as that. The only option is if xiaomi or others actually take the effort to produce a phone which is compliant. But I think even that wouldn't stop their asses being sued.



Considering Xiaomi are ahead of the likes of ZTE and Huawei in sales you would think they would want to expand by making compliant phones for the European market, or at least do what they have done by manufacturing phones for rebranding for mobile phone providers such as ZTE have done with the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6.
cicobuff

Considering Xiaomi are ahead of the likes of ZTE and Huawei in sales you … Considering Xiaomi are ahead of the likes of ZTE and Huawei in sales you would think they would want to expand by making compliant phones for the European market, or at least do what they have done by manufacturing phones for rebranding for mobile phone providers such as ZTE have done with the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6.



Well to be honest, European market is pretty small and well saturated as well as full of customers with high expectations and they would lose the main edge of very good prices.

I think India is a far more appealing market for them.

It is not that simple to make a phone which doesn't break patent laws, for example all the big ones (Google, Apple, Samsung,...) are constantly on trial for some patents, they would also need law divisions etc.

The fact you want them to come to Europe is based on the fact you are not willing to pay a lot and are expecting high level of service...
FoxTwist

is the lady sponsored by asus by any chance?! a lot of promoting there!



Really mate? Really?

You come here, posting 0 deals and you attack a longstanding member with hundreds of posts based on seeing her 2 (very hot) deal posts from the same company?


Edited by: "Nexusfifth" 11th May 2016
Nexusfifth

The fact you want them to come to Europe is based on the fact you are not … The fact you want them to come to Europe is based on the fact you are not willing to pay a lot and are expecting high level of service...



Is there anything wrong with that? ZTE and Huawei manage to do it. Not to mention a lot of Chinese phones specs are similar to what our premium phones were 1-2 years ago and generally filtered down in cost to be as competitive. Such as the LG G3 for around £150 in comparison to something like the Xiaomi Note 3 for similar cost but without the added grief of questionable warranty and dealing with the likes of Gearbest.
Hmm. If I was to take another roll of the dice on the great Gearbest gamble, i don't think it would be on this LG G3 knockoff. I used to own a G3 and it is an ace phone. There are plenty of good uk LG G3 refurbs out there that come with a proper warranty. I'm currently thoroughly enjoying the Ulefone Power but if i was going Chinese again i'd prefer to go for something more capable and interesting than the asus, something like the Redmi Note Pro 3 for one.
Oh and don't forget Quidco. 6% for a new customer and 3% for existing.
sam_of_london

​Intel sucks in mobile phones. Many other apps are incompatible with x86 … ​Intel sucks in mobile phones. Many other apps are incompatible with x86 chipset Intel crap inside. Plus the modem is not comparable to Qualcomm. So Qualcomm sells for premium and no one wants Intel chips in mobile phones



​not found an incompatible app yet, and what this nonsense about the modem.......stop picking flies, its a good phone

plus as far as bands go I've just changed to giffgaff (o2 network) and 4g works fine. As long as it cones with the ww firmware then UK bands are available. If not its quite easy to flash ww firmware on it like I did as mine was cn when I got mine

philreid1

​Not working with Barclays... phoned them. They said it was a security t … ​Not working with Barclays... phoned them. They said it was a security thing with Intel in these phones.



​It's not a security issue, it's a laziness issue, Intel CPU's are a new comer to Android phones, so some apps need a bit of reprogramming for them to work, some companies can't be bothered
FoxTwist

is the lady sponsored by asus by any chance?! a lot of promoting there!


All big money manufacturers and MI5, CIA, KGB...post here to manipulate the markets and influence voters. That's why this forum has moderators to inspect suspicious posts.
Nexusfifth

Really mate? Really? You come here, posting 0 deals and you attack a … Really mate? Really? You come here, posting 0 deals and you attack a longstanding member with hundreds of posts based on seeing her 2 (very hot) deal posts from the same company?


FoxTwist, by virtue of just signing on this forum on 20 April 2016, posted third comment ever, appeared to be exactly as my post above, a paid agent to "control" our minds, to insinuate something to influence our view of this product. These agents are all over the social networks, including spies, policemen, politicians' agents...
MAXSTARR

Heat for the price, but wouldn't touch gearbest with a barge pole. Been … Heat for the price, but wouldn't touch gearbest with a barge pole. Been waiting three weeks for delivery of a Note 3... Paid extra for EU warehouse delivery. Absolute con of a company. I know no one will listen to this, as I ignored every negative view of gearbest I read, but if I help one person I'll be happy. Nothing against yourself OP. Id just recommend paying more from a better seller.



Dear MAXSTARR,
This is Gearbest Store Rep. Alice
We sincerely sorry to hear that.
Haven't received your Note 3 yet ? Could you please PM me your order number/details for checking ?
We will do our best to help you.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,
Alice
djames108

​ive got the same model and can do internet banking....although I'm Lloyd … ​ive got the same model and can do internet banking....although I'm Lloyd and hsbc




I know that it doesn't work for Barclays either or Halifax and several other i think , sent one back for this exact issue as couldn't even use internet banking on laptop without it (needed to use pinsentry which is part of the app)

Shame, its a nice phone, but this is a major showstopper for most people - the banks need to build x86 compatible apps, no fault of Asus for using the intel processor as its fast , but obviously this compromise slipped the cracks.

Other option is switch to a bank that does have an x86 app, i tried all the bank apps when i discovered the issue and only 1 worked if i remember rightly - this was a couple of months ago though.

The app for barclays didn't say it was incompatible on playstore , it just didnt work , so when i complained to barclays and got to the bottom of it i got a £100 for my troubles, to cover the money effectively wasted on a phone i had to replace again.

I dont if they have updated the compatibility requirements on playstore yet but they assured me it would be fixed.
antos

Only thing I don't like about it, is the front of the phone would prefer … Only thing I don't like about it, is the front of the phone would prefer it if the front matched the back in colour =(


Good to see someone has their priorities sorted!
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