With the advent of the Asus Zenfone 2 line, a lot of people are coming to like the Taiwanese mobile phone company. Asus aims to bring the best of both worlds (price and performance) to the mass consumer market.
There are many iterations to their Asus Zenfone 2 line like the Selfie, the Laser, just to name a few.
In this article, we are going to talk about a budget offering from Asus in the form of the Asus Zenfone 2E. This is an entry-level phone that aims to be the best in its category. But, does it really live up to Asus’ claims of being the best in the entry-level bracket? We will find out in this article.
The design of the Asus Zenfone 2E is just the same as the original Zenfone 2. If you have seen the latter, then you will know how the Asus Zenfone 2E looks like.
The thing about the Asus Zenfone 2E is that it has some peculiar button placements. The power button is located on the top of the mobile phone and the volume rockers are located at the back of the phone, just below the rear camera.
Although Asus has implemented this design aspect long ago, it is still kind of weird. I am pretty okay with it because the volume controls are unobtrusive and the power button does provide a tactile feedback. Still, it may take some time getting used to.
Speaking of the design, the Asus Zenfone 2E also has a removable back cover. This allows you to change the back cover from white to black and vice versa. Personally, I like black because all of the dirt won’t be too obvious but, at least, the option of changing the back cover to suit your liking is available to you.
The Asus Zenfone 2E’s display is a 5-inch IPS screen with only a 720p resolution and a resulting pixel density of 294ppi. It is pretty understandable that the mobile phone manufacturer opted for a lower screen resolution given the price. The IPS display panel makes up for the low screen resolution, though, and viewing angles and color reproduction are pretty good.
This phone’s bigger brother, the Asus Zenfone 2, packs a lot of punch when it comes to performance. But the Asus Zenfone 2E really falls short in the performance category. This phone comes with an Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor, the PowerVR SGX544MP2 as its graphics processing unit, and only a single Gigabyte of RAM.
This is obviously a far cry from its counterpart and if you’re looking to multitask with this phone, expect to have occasional lags here and there.
The camera of the Asus Zenfone 2E does present you with a slew of options that you normally wouldn’t find in a budget phone. It comes with an HDR mode, a smart removal mode, and the miniature mode.
The smart removal mode allows you to crop unwanted elements from your photos and the miniature mode allows you to decrease the file size of the picture.
With some drawbacks, the Asus Zenfone 2E does come with something to smile about: 4G LTE connectivity. Although this phone’s antenna might not be great, you can get a mobile phone signal booster to ensure you’re getting good enough signals in your home or your car.
The Asus Zenfone 2E is indeed an entry-level phone. From a performance standpoint, it is a bit disappointing. But, given some extra features, the phone is a pretty good entry-level offering from Asus.