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.
|Model||ASUS ZenFone™ 2E|
|Operating system||Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with ZenUI|
|Display||5-inch IPS display with 1280×720 (HD) resolution and 294ppi pixel density|
Corning® Gorilla Glass® 3 with anti-fingerprint coating
|PixelMaster Cameras||8MP front F/2.0 aperture, auto-focus, LED flash, 5-element lens|
2MP rear, F/2.0 aperture
|Video recording||1080p HD video recording|
|Network standards||AT&T 4G LTE|
FDD LTE 2/3/4/5/7/17/20
|Memory & Storage||1GB RAM|
8GB eMMC storage
Micro SDXC slot (up to 64GB, sold separately)
|Connectors||3.5mm audio jack|
|Location sensors||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Battery||2500mAh non-removable lithium-polymer|
|Colors||White and black covers included|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||5.83″ x 2.81″ x 0.43″|
|MSRP||$119.99 with AT&T pre-paid GoPhone plan|
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