We’re big fans of the ZenFone 2, Asus’ low-cost phone that doesn’t fall too short of a flagship. The ZenFone 2E doesn’t pretend to be anywhere near a flagship, but at an even lower price, it’s looking like another great value.
The ZenFone 2E is smaller at 5″, but still runs Android 5.0 like the flagship ZenFone 2. Other than that, all the major specs take one step down — the 2E has a 720p display (a serviceable 294 ppi), an unspecified dual-core Intel Atom Clover Trail+ processor (with 1 GB of RAM), an 8 MP f/2.0 rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash (plus the same PixelMaster low-light tech as the ZenFone 2), and a 2 MP f/2.0 front camera. For connectivity, there’s 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and 4G LTE. There’s much less internal storage at 8 GB, although the phone retains the MicroSDXC card slot, this time good for up to 64 GB cards. It’s powered by a 2,500 mAh non-removable battery, which is smaller than the one on the ZenFone 2 but will also be taxed much less.
It’s a pretty solid budget phone — the only bummer is that there’s only 1 GB of RAM. It also isn’t a dual-SIM phone, unlike the ZenFone 2, which is a feature we’ve come to expect in the budget market. But, there’s another twist to make the ZenFone 2E look a little better — it works with prepaid. Specifically, you can buy it as a GoPhone through AT&T for $120, then take your pick of prepaid plans. The phone comes with both a black and white cover, which we imagine will be just as difficult to remove as on the ZenFone 2.