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E For Economy, GoPhone Launches the ASUS ZenFone 2E

ASUS and AT&T issued a joint press release today announcing the release of the AT&T GoPhone ASUS ZenFone 2E for $119.99. The E in 2E apparently stands for economy as the new model seems to be a lower end version of ASUS' flagship ZenFone 2. The 2E's specs include: 
  • Processor: 1.6 Mhz dual core Intel Atom Clover Trail+ processor 
  • OS: Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with ZenUI 
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Internal storage, micro-SD card slot supporting up to 64 GB cards
  • Screen: 5-inch IPS Gorilla Glass 3 with 1280x720 (HD) resolution, 294ppi pixel density and anti-fingerprint coating
  • Cameras: 8MP main camera with F/2.0 aperture, auto-focus, LED flash, 5-element lens and 1080p HD video recording. 2 MP front facing camera
  • Network: 2G 850/900/1800/1900; 3G 850/900/1900/2100; LTE 2/3/4/5/7/17/20
  • Battery: 2500mAh non-removable
  • Dimensions: 5.83" x 2.81" x 0.43"
  • Weight: 5.47 oz
  • Comes with interchangeable black and white rear covers
The ZenFone 2E seems like a good entry level Android phone considering its price. Pluses include the HD resolution screen. The 1 GB RAM and non-removable battery are the biggest minuses. Just don't confuse the 2E with its big brother the $199.99 to $299.99 ZenFone 2 (without the E) which features a faster quad-core Intel Atom processor 5.5 inch screen and a 13 MP camera. The Zenfone 2 comes in two versions: $199.99 with a 720x1280px screen, 1.8 Ghz processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage; and for $299 with a 1080x1920px screen, 2.3 Mhz processor, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. Either would run rings around the little 2E.

The ASUS ZenFone 2E is available now at Walmart and Target, at AT&T stores starting July 24, 2015 and at Best Buy on August 2, 2015.

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  1. Zenfone 2 ZE-551ML both version have full HD screen.

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    1. The $199.99 version is the ZE-550ML and according to ASUS it has a 1280x720px screen. ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML) | Phone | ASUS Global

      The ZE-551ML with full HD (1920x1080px) is $299.99. ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) | Phone | ASUS Global

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    1. That's an Intel processor with enough horsepower to power entry level laptops running Windows 8. Clock speed comparison is only important when all other factors are identical.

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  3. My question is where can you find a phone with 2 gigs of ram for 119

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  4. I will buy this phone when Best Buy have a sale and it is under a hundred

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  5. 1.6 dual core. Everybody else is coming out with quad-core and octo core and they going back to dual core. The cpu is too low specs on this phone. Even for a budget it's sub standard

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    1. I'd rather have two fast cores than four slow ones, and a CISC core (x86) that can do more work per clock than a RISC (ARM). Single thread performance is critical for interactive tasks. I'll have to see benchmarks, but I bet this cpu (despite being already 2 years old ... Why no cherry trail?) outperforms the quad core 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 410 that is in just about every other prepaid phone released in the past year.

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    2. To be fair, the dual core Clover Trail + chip in this phone supports Hyper Threading so the actual config is 2 cores/4 threads.

      IOW, while this chip may be 2.5 years old, it ain't exactly a run-of-the-mill dual core chip.

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  6. Tmobile customers NEVER get any good deals on phones.

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    1. It's because they have special frequencies used nowhere else in the world (AWS 1700MHz). Low volume parts means higher prices.

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    2. Actually AWS (band 4) is not that rare anymore. In the US it's used for LTE by T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. It's also widely used in Latin America and Canada.

      Most of the "good deals" on prepaid phones are on entry level "made for prepaid" phones that are tightly locked down to prevent them from being used anywhere except the networks they were made for.

      To me, the real best deals are on new or factory refurbished 2 or 3 year old unlocked flagships like the LG G2, Galaxy S4 or Moto X.

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    3. At this point in time, I wouldn't consider buying a phone for T-Mobile that doesn't support Band 12. I was about to dump T-Mobile because of reception issues and as a last resort picked up an LG Leon which is (still) on sale at Best Buy for $69.99. In all the places I've checked so far where my old phone literally flipped constantly between LTE and Edge or wouldn't register on the network, the Leon locks onto Band 12 and stays there with great call reception quality and decent data speeds.

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  7. Where have all the 4.7"/4.8" phones gone?

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  8. 4.7 seems to have been replaced by 5. But there are still lots of 4.5 inchers around. Larger screens at the same price point seem to sell better.

    I don't obsess over screen size. Personally I think it's one of the least important phone specifications. I'm fine with phone's with screens anywhere from 4 to 6 inches. Even the bigest phones fit easily in my jeans pocket and screen size doesn't seem to make much difference in usability as long as the text is big enough to read.

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  9. The price on the Moto X 2nd gen is going to take a nosedive once motox 3rd gen comes out

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  10. The RAM should not be an issue. I have an ASUS MeMO Pad 8 tablet and I have been able to do everything I've needed despite it having only 1 GB of RAM. The removable battery is also a non-issue; I have an HTC Desire 610 right now, which has a sealed battery.

    The biggest red flag with the ZenFone 2E is the 8 GB of storage, especially considering all the bloatware ASUS and AT&T are going to cram into this thing.

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  11. Here is a good question how does the Zenfone 2E's processor compare to the Galaxy Note 2's processor? They are almost identical in screen size. If my phone messes up this is a choice I could make and its on AT&T so we get good coverage here.

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