Budget friendly phones have gained a ton of traction in the US in the last couple of years.  More and more people are opting for prepaid plans as they are a great alternative to high-priced contracts.  As a result, budget phones have gotten more attention from manufacturers, as they know customers still want a phone that can handle the day-to-day tasks without the price of a flagship.

Asus and AT&T have partnered to bring a no-compromise budget smartphone called the ZenFone 2.  For $119.99, you will get a 5-inch 1280×720 IPS display with 294ppi pixel density, Gorilla Glass 3 to keep things scratch free, 4G LTE, 1GB RAM, 8GB of on-board storage with the option to add a Micro-SD card up to 64GB, and it also comes with a 8MP rear camera with HDR mode.  In a comparison to a highly reviewed budget smartphone, the 2nd generation Moto G, all specs are the same with exception to the processor choice.  The 2nd generation Moto G uses a Snapdragon 400 whereas the ZenFone 2E uses the dual-core Intel Atom processor.  In regards to the price, the almost identically spec’d Moto G retails for 179.99, so if you’re trying to decide which phone is best, I think it is safe to say the Asus ZenFone 2E should be the phone to go with.  Keep in mind that Motorola has a reputation for providing the best service when it comes to updates to the software.

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Specifications

ModelASUS ZenFone™ 2E
Operating systemAndroid 5.0 (Lollipop) with ZenUI
Display5-inch IPS display with 1280×720 (HD) resolution and 294ppi pixel density

Corning® Gorilla Glass®  3 with anti-fingerprint coating

PixelMaster Cameras8MP front F/2.0 aperture, auto-focus, LED flash, 5-element lens

2MP rear, F/2.0 aperture

Video recording1080p HD video recording
Network standardsAT&T 4G LTE

FDD LTE 2/3/4/5/7/17/20

3G 850/900/1900/2100

2G 850/900/1800/1900

Memory & Storage1GB RAM

8GB eMMC storage

Micro SDXC slot (up to 64GB, sold separately)

Wireless802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth® 4.0

Connectors3.5mm audio jack
Location sensorsGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Battery2500mAh non-removable lithium-polymer
ColorsWhite and black covers included
Dimensions (H x W x D)5.83″ x 2.81″ x 0.43″
Weight5.47 oz.
MSRP$119.99 with AT&T pre-paid GoPhone plan

 

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