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ASUS announces new limited run Zenfone 2 4GB variant for India

Due to high demand for its Zenfone 2, ASUS has launched a new variant with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of flash for India. It uses a 1.83 GHz quad-core Intel CPU, and costs Rs.18,999.

Published onMay 11, 2015

Trying to keep up with all the different variants of the ASUS Zenfone 2 has become almost as difficult as understanding Samsung’s Galaxy range. And now to make matters worse, Asus has launched a new 4GB variant especially for India. Fasten your seat belt as we try to understand all the different models available.

The first thing to understand is that not all Zenfone 2 handsets are equal. While other smartphone makers do release variants of a basic design, they tend to distinguish between the mainstream model and the variant with extra monikers like “Plus”, “Active”, or “Mini.” But not so with ASUS. OK, it is pretty much an industry standard that you can get the same model phone with different amounts of storage. But ASUS have taken this idea three steps further. The company varies the screen, the processor and the amount of RAM across the range!

Due to the overwhelming demand for #Zenfone2 4GB variant, we’re bringing limited stock of ZE551ML.

You can get a Zenfone 2 with a 5 inch display, or one with a 5.5 inch display. And they are both called the Zenfone 2. OK, but all the models with the 5.5 inch display are the same, surely? Well no, actually there are some models with a 720p 5.5 inch display, and then some with a 1080p display.

But if you get a Zenfone 2 with a HD 5.5. inch display then it will be the same as your friends model… Errrrmmm… Nope.

Some of the Full HD Zenfone 2 devices have a 1.83 GHz Intel processor, while others have a 2.33 GHz processor. Until today, the variant with 4GB of RAM used the faster processor, and the one with 2GB of RAM used the slower processor. But that is no longer true.


ASUS has announced a new variant for India which includes 4GB of RAM, but the slower 1.83GHz processor. This is what the company said on its Facebook page:

“Due to the overwhelming demand for #Zenfone2 4GB variant, we’re bringing limited stock of ZE551ML / 1.8 GHz Processor / 4 GB RAM / 32 GB Storage priced at Rs.18,999 specially for India.”

Rs.18,999 is about $300. I can recognize a bargain when I see one, and a 5.5 full HD smartphone with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for $300 is a very good price. But make sure you are buying the right Zenfone 2 device, because if you aren’t careful you will end up with the 5 inch, dual-core version!

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If you want the real top-of-the-line Zenfone 2 then you should checkout the variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash, also be sure to check out our full review.

If you want to buy the Zenfone 2 (model ZE551ML / 1.8 GHz Processor / 4 GB RAM / 32 GB Storage) then it is available from Flipkart.

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