ASUS Zenfone 2 in the Test

ASUS goes into a higher class of the Smartphone with the Zenfone 2. Of the four new models, the basic version has the strongest hardware. We have tested the ASUS Zenfone 2 and name the differences to Zenfone 2 Deluxe 2 laser and Zenfone.

  1. ASUS Zenfone 2 in the test
  2. ASUS Zenfone 2: Functions and values

The same triple ASUS Launches its new Smartphone: while the Zenfone distinguished laser 2 a fast and precise focusing, Zenfone pads 2 and Zenfone 2 Deluxe with up to 128 gigabytes of data and 4 gigabytes of memory. The made simple by the name Zenfone 2 also as the sole is fit for the payment by the NFC at the ticket offices of the discounters Aldi and Lidl.

Nice slip

Externally similar to the Zenfone 2 HTC’s one M8; his also curved plastic housing was visually capillary trimmed on the look of brushed metal. Lying on the table it is not kind to operate, because it starts to wobble, as soon as you enter it to check the calendar or incoming mails.

Unlike as in the Zenfone 2 laser the display of Zenfone 2 while still not Gorilla glass 4 is protected. Thanks to a fat-repellent coating it prove but, as also the whole body, pleasing insensitive against finger prints and always looks like peeled out of the egg.

For right – and left-handed

Edges narrow down to the edge of visually obscure that the Zenfone 2 with 174 grams is no lightweight. Switch search in vain the thumbs on the page: volume rocker and on / off switch are both served with the index finger of the left or right hand.

The on / off switch – getting – Center sits on top, the so-called rear button on the back below the camera assumes the function of the volume rocker as at LG. However you get the 5.5-inch Zenfone with one hand barely good enough to touch with your index finger to reach the knob on the top as well as the rear button, without this changing the attitude.

Also with Asus regulates not only the volume of the rear button, but also triggers the camera; ASUS Toshiba refers to the 13-megapixel sensor. The camera software features include among other things a professional mode for manual settings, a super-resolution mode, which combines four images to a 52-megapixel high resolution recording and a low light mode, which optimizes the exposure in low-light conditions concerned however at the expense of resolution and sharpness. Thus, hardly romantic effects can be achieved, so that, if the subject is not too remote, better fire the dual LED, which is a skin-friendly light thanks to different color temperature. The 5-megapixel front camera has, like the main camera, an aperture of f/2.0 and a wide angle mode for Selfies.

Low brightness

In the winter, you can increase the screen sensitivity to serve him even when wearing gloves. A display filter will reduce the emission of blue light less quickly tire the eyes. The high resolution IPS screen is also the newer display generation achieved better contrast in the dark areas by reducing layer. The contrast ratio of the Zenfone 2 could be however better than what has been achieved by 1: 1250, if its brightness with about 250 not so weak fall off cd / m ².

Fast and durable

The 64-bit chip Intel runs in combination with the test device to the peak 4 gigabyte memory and absolutely justifies the price increase. The enclosed in-ears with flat ribbon cable and the quick charger represent a price advantage, also located at the 4-gigabyte version of the Zenfone 2 in the box.

The fully charged battery shows enduring with more than 23 hours of talk time in the E-network. Everything else with the Smartphone, is fun – photographing, surfing or videos stream – consumed significantly more energy; but here too the Zenfone with six and a half hours of running time is good. It is surprising that the battery is not replaceable, although you can remove the battery cover – even needs to insert a micro SDoder to up to two SIM cards, where one use is only to make phone calls. This opportunity, too, shows that the speaker is considerably smaller falls, as suggests the wide speaker panel on the back. Sonically, it can withstand the criticism but. The ASUS audio wizard also matches the tone language, music, movies or games.


Android 5.0 is installed on the Zenfone. An update on Android 5.1 with native dual SIM support do not look over the test period, so here are the proprietary management it is used. The ZenUI user interface brings additional functionality and customization options. It includes among other things the customization of shortcuts in the top menu, several individual themes and styles for the app icons, as well as the possibility, in the all-in apps view automatically categorized in folders to group them. Before you kill this switch, you should check the abundance of additionally installed apps and, where appropriate, reduce.

The advanced gesture control ZenMotion detects a C painted on the inactive screen and starts the camera directly from the stand-out. Tapping twice on the illuminated screen, to enable him or switch the active display on standby. It is especially interesting that is proving difficult to deal with the unusual situation of the physical on / off switch. The Zenfone 2 in some situations can be serve better when tapping twice on the – unfortunately not bright – sensor button bar below the screen, and then decreases the visible image area with a hand. It moves it to the left or right, the position for the next time is stored.

Children mode and readings

Thanks to child mode the Zenfone 2 temporarily entrusted to the young. The duration of irrigation by the earlier selection of apps and games, you can time limit and also be confident that the browser, so it frees him at all that blocking unsafe Web sites such as YouTube. Also outside of the child mode, you can occupy individual apps with a PIN.

In the connect test, the Zenfone harvest 2 almost exclusively good marks. Prints there is that among other things for high weight, that but are captured by the excellent acoustics, transmitter and receiver measurements, “Very good” just miss. No question: the Zenfone 2 climbs upwards in the price, but also in the performance.