In the subsidized smartphone market, every time someone’s phone starts feeling old or worn out, they consider dealing with some scheme provided by their carrier’s to lock them into a long-term contract. Therefore, they are stuck with potentially lousy coverage in case they move or travel frequently to a new area.
Regardless, one can break this vicious cycle by moving to an unlocked device. But phones like Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4 or HTC One M9 will set them back by $600.
Nevertheless, the unlocked, dual SIM ZenFone 2 has recently been launched by Asus. Even though it was announced by the company back in January, it has very recently been made available for purchase in the United States.
Powered by an Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor along with an integrated PowerVR 6430 graphics and backed by 4GB of RAM, the smartphone has a 5.5 inch full HD display and is running Android 5.0 Lollipop. The 1GB variants of the device are priced at $199, while the 64GB versions are available for $299. The smartphone also sports the latest connectivity options, including NFC, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1.