Amid cheering fans, ASUS CEO Jerry Shen announced the available variants of the ZenFone 2, pricing, and some of the accessories customers would be able to get for their handsets.
As with release events in other countries, ASUS conducted a livestream of the ZenFone 2 announcement in the Philippines. The event was opened to a number of fans and media alike, topped off with Mr. Jerry Shen’s announcement of the pricing scheme for the available variants. Attendees also had the chance to get the ZenFone 2 of their choice after the event with freebies (available only for those who bought the 32GB and 64GB variants of the ZE551ML)!
Thanks to the success of the ZenFone 5 and all the teasers and events designed to hype the ZenFone 2 (remember MWC 2015?), local fans have gone rabid in anticipation. Of course, the different pricing conversions from different countries leading up to local release plus the actual variants to be released only fanned the flames which got everyone either frustrated or even more excited.
Well, it’s here, and it’s a success – if buzz is to be believed. What the ZenFone 2 lacked in “innovations” (like curved screens and back panels made of different materials), it made up for solid hardware specs that delivered (given, the ZenFone 2 does look a lot like the LG G3). Sometimes, it’s not about how flashy the smartphone works. It’s more of how reliable the device is and – given how budget-conscious Pinoys are, how much it fits into “value for money” category. Given the reception on launch day, the general feedback of fans, and curious consumers wanting to try the device out, it’s clear that ASUS has a winner in the ZenFone 2.
Four variants have been released locally, and here are their prices:
1. ZE551ML with 64GB storage, 5.5-inch display, 4GB RAM, 2.3 GHz proc, aka “Top-of-the-line 64GB”: P14,995
2. ZE551ML with 32GB storage, 5.5-inch display, 4GB RAM, 2.3 GHz proc, aka “Top-of-the-line 32GB”: P13,995
3. ZE551ML with 16GB storage, 5.5-inch display, 2GB RAM, 1.8GHz proc: P9,995
4. ZE500CL with 16GB storage, 5-inch display, 2GB RAM, Intel Multi-Core Z25601.6 GHz w/ Hyper-Threading technology: P7,995
The ASUS ZenFone 2 has all variants available within the week. For a list of dealers and shops, check out their official Facebook page.