The Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe smartphone was launched in August 2015. It’s a success in the market since it’s launch and moreover it is giving a tough competition to the Multinational Chip Maker Giant QUALCOMM’s variant Snapdragon 801! before we jump directly into the benchmarks in this short review , lets take a short overview of the phone
The Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe is packed up with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 401 pixels per inch. The phone is powered up with a beastly 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor and it comes with a spacious 4 Gigabytes of LPDDR3 RAM, enough memory to run applications smoothly! The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card, enough room for your media content. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The ZenFone 2 Deluxe runs on Google Android 5.0 Lollipop and is powered by a 3000 mAh non removable battery, which ensures, the phone has an ample amount of usage time . It measures 152.50 x 77.20 x 10.90 (Height x Width x Thickness) and weighs 170.00 grams. It is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts two Micro-SIM although data is enabled only for the the first SIM which is a downer. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, FM, 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.
Benchmarking Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML :
We got our hands on a review unit of the top tier version of Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, and we decided to put it through our set of benchmark tests. The smartphone packs a hulking chipset, which aspires to compete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 family.
The Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe with 4GB of RAM packs an Intel Atom Z3580 SoC with 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU, coupled with PowerVR G6430 GPU.
For comparison, Asus ZenFone 2 with 2GB of RAM features Intel Atom Z3560 with 1.8GHz quad-core CPU.
Moving onto benchmarks we did a series of tests to find out how good Intel’s Z3580 SoC performs and where does it actually stands out in the market!
- Geekbench 3 is a benchmark that focuses on raw CPU performance. On this instance, the 4GB ZenFone 2 did considerably better than its 2GB, relative, but still couldn’t quite match the oomph of its high-end octa-core rivals. The Geekbench 3 Score Results on Single Core , Multi Core and Comparions on both former and latter are mentioned below:
- HWBOT Prime is a popular processor benchmark tool which runs on android, windows, mac and linux.Check whether your droid is running as fast as it should be by comparing against thousands of others! The Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe didnt perform it’s best in this test , comes out the score to be just 1735 Primes/s which was expected to beat the 1739 Primes/s barrier! The 4 Cores were running at 500 MHz during the time and the phone was able to maintain a tempature of 48 degrees Celsius.
- AnTuTu Benchmark is a comprehensive Android Benchmarking application. It includes “Memory Performance”, “CPU Integer Performance”, “CPU Floating Point Performance”, “2D 3D Graphics Performance”, “SD card read-write speed”, “Database IO” performance testing. The Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe when benchmarked with Antutu scored 43275 points , which is decent for a mid budget device. The Zenfone beats the Xiaomi Mi4 and Huwaei Mate 7 which are the devices in its competition, but strangely The Zenfone 2 rather seems to beat the Zenfone 2 Deluxe in this benchmark!
- 3DMark – The Gamer’s Benchmark is a mobile benchmarking tool created and developed by Futuremark Corporation to determine the performance of a mobile’s 3D graphic rendering and CPU workload processing capabilities. Running 3D Mark produces a 3DMark score, with higher numbers indicating better performance. So we go ahead and benched the Zenfone 2 Deluxe with 3d Mark where Zenfone 2 Deluxe shows it’s true colours by maxing out the score in Icestorm while in Icestorm Unlimited it was able to fetch 19137 points easily and last but not the least the ZE551ML scored 9113 points in Icestorm Extreme which turns out to be a good score. The device was further benched for the work performance in the PCMark for Android and it performed with flying colours with a score of 5080 points!
Extra : Camera Samples!
As it turns out even though we faced a catastrophic storage failure again in our labs(seems like storage gods are not very pleased with us for whatever reason!) we manged to have some photos taken from the Zenphones impressive camera tucked safely away in Cloud. So while we dont have any screengrabs form the camera or the ZenUI itself we do have some picture samples for you, so feel free check them out and a little tip for potential buyers : do not ignore the manual mode. While the low light performance is not going to win any awards anytime soon, the camera in general performed pretty well. And yes..all of them are computer hardware pictures,that’s why they survived and was backed up in cloud.
The benchmark session was pretty impressive for a mid budget device and Asus has done an incredible job with Intel with their Z3580 processor. Yes it faces a tough competition from Qualcomm Snapdragon processor’s. But with a price tag of 22,999 for the 64GB and 29,999 for the 128GB and the beautiful body finish along with a pretty impressive camera its bound to turn some heads and makes itself a compelling choice for the the sub 30K niche.
For someone who is looking for a day to day work phone with a tough battery life and good multitasking capabilities, The Asus Zenphone 2 Deluxe is a compelling choice and should be shortlisted.