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Asus Zenfone 2 launches at half the price of other phones

Asus Zenfone 2 price
Asus Zenfone 2 price

The Asus Zenfone 2 may send you into a zen-seeking reflection on Android phone prices now that it is launching in the US at half the cost of other phones.

It's just $300 for the flagship model that packs a large 5.5-inch 1080p display, Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz and 4GB of RAM.

That's the unlock, contract-free price too. You won't have to enroll in a binding two-year agreement with a carrier like AT&T or Verizon to take this phablet journey.

The Asus Zenfone 2 price contrasts with most flagships, like the Samsung Galaxy S6 that cost $600 and iPhone 6 Plus at $650 for full retail price.

Asus Zenfone 2

More Asus Zenfone specs

Asus Zenfone 2 also includes Android 5.0 Lollipop, which makes it an easy way to users with older phones to upgrade to Google's new operating system.

Around back, it has a 13-megapixel rear camera and front-facing 5-megapixel selfie snapper, and inside there's a second micro SIM card slot for an additional phone number.

In addition to the mighty Zenfone 2 with its 2.3GHz quad-core system-on-a-chip and 2GB of RAM, there's also a cheaper version.

The $200 base-level variant also comes with a quad-core chip, but at a slower 1.8GHz clock speed and 2GB. The Asus Zenfone 2 is available starting May 19.

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief Editor who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the ripe at of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 600,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.