The $200 version of the Asus ZenFone 2, which includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, already posed quite the alternative to the Moto G, which charges you $220 to get the same amount of memory capacities. Asus looks to ramp things up even more by introducing a new ZenFone 2 model with double the RAM for just $40 more.
For $230, you can pick up the ZenFone 2 with 4GB of RAM, making it an even more appealing alternative to Motorola’s budget handset. Of course, the memory is not the only thing that makes up this new model, as it also comes equipped with a 5.5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution IPS display, a MicroSD card slot capable of handling up to 64GB cards, dual SIM card support, and your standard array of wireless radios.
Much like the $200 version before it, this new $230 ZenFone 2 is powered by a 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3560 processor, a slight step down from the 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 chipset found in the $300 ZenFone 2, but not so much that you’ll feel the phone chug.
Not surprisingly, this new ZenFone 2 model poses quite the conundrum for potential customers. For those looking for the best bang for their buck and want to multitask like a champ, the $230 ZenFone 2 seems to be the clear cut choice. Of course, Motorola offers quite a bit of customization with the Moto G, a strong point for those who want their phones with some personality.
Ultimately, however, the customer is the big winner, with the $230 ZenFone 2 representing yet another choice in a sea of impressive, budget-friendly Android smartphones that have popped up in recent months. We reviewed the burlier $300 ZenFone 2 back in May and even if there was more bloatware than we’d normally like on a phone, we thought it provided tremendous value for the asking price.
If you’re intrigued by the $230 ZenFone 2, you can buy it directly from Amazon, so long as you’re OK with black as your color of choice.