Asus ZenFone 2 comes to Canada starting at $249 [Update: Works on Wind!]

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  • alamarco

    Has Newegg or NCIX announced any sort of time when the product will be available to order tomorrow?

    • will

      newegg US strts at mid night…..they even have a count down clock

    • alamarco

      Where’s the countdown? Can you post the URL? Just change it to hxxp or something like that so it posts.

  • danbob999

    Best pricing for a mid-range device since the Nexus 5.

    • sggodsell

      I can’t wait to get the 4 GB ram version with 64 GB of expandable storage. You can install full Linux on this 64 bit device as well, so it can co-exist with Android. With that said I am going to install the Android Studio and develop and create Android apps right there on this phone. I am also going to see if Steam for Linux is going to work on this phone.

    • Accophox

      You’re going to have a rough time running android studio on an atom processor. Compile times are not insignificant on an i5… So expect worse results.

  • will

    Wind compatibility?

    • Sérgio Da Silva

      The article says so!

    • will

      on the asus website says no!

    • Graham_Douglas

      link?

    • will

      can’t post link…..mobilesyrup has to review link. just go to the asus webpage

    • eszklar

      GSMArena say no to 1700/2100 AWS as well. I’d like to know as well for sure since I’m on WIND.

    • will

      yeah, i pre-ordered the alcatel idol 3, but if the zenfone is compatiblemwith wind, i might cancel my order

    • Lakh Jhajj

      Where can I order Alcatel Idol 3 ?

    • eszklar

      EDIT: Well it looks like this article has been edited to give more info on AWS-compatibility which seems to be supported.

    • Daniel Bader

      Hey guys, if you’re on Wind hold off ordering until I get confirmation one way or the other. Asus doesn’t even seem to know the bands the phone supports right now.

    • eszklar

      Good to know – thanks for your reply in the article thread. People are excited about this phone in general for the price but for me personally it has to work on WIND.

    • Howard Chu

      Daniel, at least there will be the US version that supports UMTS Band IV (AWS) operation which is compatible with WIND, Mobilicity, Videotron, T-Mobile USA alike. I have looked into the FCC filing (MSQZ00AD) and IC certification (3568A-Z00AD), the corresponding emission designators for UMTS Band IV (AWS) voice/data are listed.

    • Ali

      Nope. Unfortunately

    • danny wood

      The article shows NO compatibility for AWS…but other places say it will, with 1700/2100 bands…this happens every time I look at buying a new phone for AWS!

    • ToniCipriani

      It does not work. Tried posting a link to the FCC report but it’s pending moderation. It only works with WCDMA bands 2, 4 and 5, so Big 3 only.

    • Howard Chu

      ToniCipriani, apparently you do not realize UMTS/WCDMA Band 4 is the AWS band that works on networks of WIND, Mobilicity, Videotron and T-Mobile USA alike

    • ToniCipriani

      Argh, confused it with band 7.Thanks for correcting.

  • KrispyInTO

    $250 for a 1080p screen is great.

    • will

      can’t find it on canadacomputers site

    • KrispyInTO

      It’s literally the main ad right on the center front page, you obviously didn’t even go to the site…

    • Maurice Moss

      If it’s 399, just cross the border. You’ll get it for 299. Even with taxes, you’ll save easily 50$+

    • Tim M

      you might save $50 on the device, but that $50 will be paying for the gas to get you across the border.

    • Maurice Moss

      Depends where I come from. I’m like 1h from the border. On the highway, it’s like 1/8 of my tank. So, Togo and back, I waste 1/4 of my tank which, at current gas price, is like 15$ for me.

    • danbob999

      yeah, assuming your time has no value.

    • Maurice Moss

      My time has value. Except, if I decide to go away for the weekend then I’ll just choose to go to plattsburgh instead of say Ottawa. You really had nothing left to say to talk about my time.

    • clee666

      Go to Burlington, it’s nicer than Plattsburgh. And if you go with an empty gas tank to fill it there you might end up saving money since gas is so expensive in Montreal 😛 And if you shop for clothing, there is no tax in Vermont.

    • Maurice Moss

      Thanks for the tip! Will do 🙂

    • alamarco

      You are forgetting the exchange rate for CAD to USD plus the border fee plus your time…

    • Maurice Moss

      I covered that in my previous comment, if you stay 2 days, you’re allowed to bring up to 800$ across the border with no fees or taxes. As for the exchange rate, 299 is 363 here. In Quebec, I pay 15% tax and there, I’ll pay 6%. No matter how I count it, it comes down to time I waste going but I’ll just schedule a weekend away from home and use that opportunity to buy the phone at the same time.

    • Gil McQuary

      just fill up across the border,buy some cheese and cheep dairy products and there’s your 15$

    • Maurice Moss

      Boom!

    • Tim M

      Canada Computers has them listed at $249 and $379

  • Wonder if we can throw Windows 10 on there with that Atom chip?

  • Skippypaccino

    the new Nexus? (in terms of price/ specs ratio)

    • vn33

      This could be a real replacement to the Nexus 5

    • Skippypaccino

      It is intriguing indeed. Especially if Google continues on its new course of “high end, for high prices”. I’m also intrigued by the atom chip. Intel is late to the party in mobile (of their own doing, since they didn’t believe the mobile market would grow that quickly) their computer chips are second to none, but I’m not sure if that translates to the mobile market.

  • vn33

    Does this have microSD storage?

    • Tek

      Yes it seems to indeed have SD storage!

  • My dad is in dire need of a new phone so a dual sim smartphone is the best bday present I can get him!

  • Azreik

    Reading the review on gsmarena about this phone,it seems everything is good except the camera. I guess the camera doesnt take good pics and same for taking a video. Also Asus own web browser is a battery hog so its best to use chrome or some other third party web browser. But overall it seems that its a good phone for the price and the 2gig ram model runs just fine and is comparable to last years flagships.

    • Graham_Douglas

      I find that interesting too. The presentation today was camera focused, yet I’ve heard some bad things. It’s confusing. What I’ve read is mixed, yet ol Jonney was going big on the camera sell. Another guy, not Asus was on stage saying it was great. Anyone?

  • FKnm

    So where can I order it tomorrow? My nexus 4 just died and I need new phone 🙂

  • Captain Obvious

    dam this just made me so happy i found me next phone!

  • Maurice Moss

    What a ripoff. The top one is 299 in the US. They, themselves shot themselves in the foot. The bottom one is 199 in the US and 259 here,yet the top one goes from 299 to 379. I would’ve bought this, but I’m not helping them after that.

    • Nexzen

      $199 US is $242 Canadian right now. $299 US is $369 Canadian… You gna waste gas n go to the states to save $10?

    • alamarco

      Knew people would complain about the price difference for Canadians. When they said you didn’t need to use math after school, they were only joking. Glad you at least can use your brain and realize the difference isn’t just for shits and giggles.

    • Maurice Moss

      What are even talking about? Did you ever go there and buy a phone cause I did. If you go and buy the 299 version, it’s 363. I’ll pay 6% tax there compared to the 15% I’ll pay here (quebec). I’ll stay to the US 2 days and I’ll come back with the phone custom free cause I can buy up to 800$ with no problem. Plus, plattsburgh is like 1 hour away from me. I do that on the weekend when I have nothing to do. So.. All in all, I save a lot of money.

    • Nexzen

      Ya everyone.. genious over here. Go waste money on gas and 2 days of hotel n food to save 10% on a phone.

    • Anon-e-mouse

      Maybe he goes there anyways.

    • Nexzen

      That’s fine, i’m saying is everyone suppose to do that? He said the canadian price is a rip off. Obviously those from the states or travel their often will buy it from their if they can avoid customs.

    • Phil Chien

      Right I’d do that too but go camping instead. it’s cheaper than hotel. But only because we go camping anyway. Your argument is flawed. They are not the ones making you paying 15% taxes. it’s the Quebec gov. On top of that we pay more income taxes vs. ON.
      Bottom line, it’s Canadian pricing is fair. You also have to add 2-3% on top of the exchange rate for CC fee when you buy it, so the difference is even less than $10. What you can do is go buy it in NH, there’s no tax there 🙂

    • Maurice Moss

      Oh! Even better. Thanks for that!

    • Phil Chien

      if you are not staying overnight. you can also cross the border in cornwall and make up a credible reason as to why you are crossing there. Pay 5% GST only since you are going to Quebec.

    • JOK3R

      Phone for me in BC is $424 after taxes. I drive over into Washington state pick up my order fill up gas and drive back home. For $363cdn. So I am pretty much getting the phone and a tank of gas for my truck for $424. Tank to fill up in BC $125cdn. In USA $75-80cdn.

      Oh and I dont need to drive 1 hour or so. Im 15 minutes from border, 16km to be exact.

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      You are forgetting to factor in the taxes, plus it has been said you don’t go just for the phone, otherwise will be like taking the car to go the grocery store (10 mins walk) just to get bread.

  • JOK3R

    Contacted NCIX and either the guy had no clue or was BS but he said they have no stock. So good luck trying to buy from them tomorrow. Disappointing 🙁

    • Nexzen

      It will prob be online

  • not4metoday

    I’ve have the ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE550ML 5.5″ 4G LTE 16GB Dual Sim Smartphone “Red model” and after using it for the last 5 weeks I can say it is a good phone but not a great phone. Battery life is average, about 4 hours SOT. The camera is both good and bad. If you choose auto it will be ok but not great. However, if you choose another option, the pictures will be good. The low light option does really well. We just returned from Atlantis Bahamas and use it for quite a few pics. We also took our Nikon DSL so we were covered.

    I am finding that the phone is beginning to lag regularly and I am thinking that it is getting bloated with crap as it was very snappy at first. The keyboard is one of the best I’ve used.

    I paid just over $300, delivered so this price isn’t too bad. Unfortunately being an early adopter costs a little more.

    On another note Asus has been pushing out updates regularly, so good on them.

    • Howard Chu

      not4metoday: What’s the difference vs ZenFone 2 ZE551ML?

    • not4metoday

      The ZE550ML has a 720p screen with 2 gig of ram vs the 1080p .
      I went with the 720 thinking the battery would be one of the best out there and the 551 with 4 gig of ram was having heavy battery draining issues also.

      It’s primarily my backup phone, at least until my Idol 3 gets here next week.

  • Tommy Crosby

    Another phablet without phablet features…
    Does it cost less to build phablets over regular phones now?

    • deltatux

      What phablet “features” do you need? I have the OnePlus One and I run SlimROM which is an AOSP ROM, I don’t seem to be missing anything…

    • Tommy Crosby

      My Note 4 have dozen of features to help with one handed use, a pen that can have its uses, multi window to give a purpose to this screen.
      Hell, even the iPhone 6 Plus have a zoom feature that can select between using the phablet as a big phone or maximize the screen estate. Something I wish my Note 4 had because it behave like a 5.7″ 720P as far content goes.

    • deltatux

      Yes but do note that the Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus are both larger than the ASUS Zenfone 2. Due to its bezels, the iPhone 6 Plus is roughly the size of the Nexus 6.

      Personally, I don’t see any issues operating a phablet without those “nice to have” features but I don’t find them essential.

  • mcip_rpp

    can you do an extensive review of the camera? gsmarena’s review of the camera says the zenfone camera is atrocious for a midrange device. more recent reviews say the camera is what you should expect at the pricepoint, but have no gallery samples.

  • mcip_rpp

    are you sure it will support wind? gsmarena and asus website don’t indicate aws support.

  • Andre

    Anyone know how this compares with the LG G3? The higher end Asus is $399 which is almost the same as LG G3 at Koodo ($410)

  • wes

    Cheaper than the oneplus one. Good job Asus. I like competition

  • Lakh Jhajj

    Dual SIM option will be useful if it works with WIND

    • Anon-e-mouse

      I highly doubt that it will work with Wind because Intel just announced today that it will be using their Intel® XMM™ 7260 LTE Advanced modem. As far as I know, Intel doesn’t make anything that supports the WCDMA AWS band, but I could be wrong.

      source: newsroom(dot)intel(dot)com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2015/05/18/chip-shot-asus-zenfone-2-powered-by-intel-comes-to-north-america

    • Graham_Douglas

      WTF is wrong with this site and links? Some kind of user friendly.

    • Anon-e-mouse

      I thought that the modem is what dictates what bands the phone could possibly support, but I guess I was wrong.

    • Graham_Douglas

      I’m not an expert on the subject. I think the “reporter” of this story should list the bands and not leave it up to the readers to digest this. Sorry, not trying to be rude to you. I’m just a bit annoyed with the lack of information or clarity from this report and others around the net. I guess I’m grumpy!

  • Anon-e-mouse

    I highly doubt that it will work with Wind because Intel just announced today that it will be using their Intel® XMM™ 7260 LTE Advanced modem. As far as I know, Intel doesn’t make anything that supports the WCDMA AWS band, but I could be wrong.

  • Graham_Douglas

    What a BRUTAL report. Are you sure, like really really really sure about what you’ve said on HSPA+? So we should no believe in what B&H says on their website? Are you saying that Canada has their exclusive model that is different than everyone else? Own it. Don’t throw it out there, retract it, yet at the same time provide no details whatsoever for editing out the important details. It’s only like the most important detail.

    • Joseph

      If you scroll down he mentions to hold out cause Asus doesn’t even know what bands that it supports. So wait for tomorrow and see if anything changes mind you from reviews I’ve seen it works on Tmobile down in the states but we shall wait and see.

    • Anon-e-mouse

      T-mobile acquired 1900 band spectrum via a merger, so people are using that band for 3G.

      Wind/Mobilicity does not have 1900.

      Edit: Can’t remember if it was PCS or 1900.

    • Joseph

      ahhh okay didn’t realize that.

    • Graham_Douglas

      Well to be honest, that reply he made was near the end of the afternoon. This is one of the worst reports I’ve seen to be honest. What a waste. Source things out. Explain them clearly. Randomness doesn’t work. Network compatibility is a big deal. This is the only article on planet earth talking about Canadian pricing. You can’t screw up the bands information. That’s inexcusable.

    • fmradio68

      There is an asterisk. A small number 2 where it says it will work with every GSM carrier.

    • JOK3R

      Was looking on another site and this is what they had to say

      “We’ve updated the details as of April 28th, and according to the USA model specs, yes, this phone will work on the Wind Mobile network.”

      So if you are to believe that then yes this phone will work with WIND.

    • Graham_Douglas

      Thanks. I must say. How often are their products launched to the public that do not include the pertinent information such as, will they actually work on my cell phone providers network? What a crazy industry. Here’s my idea. Let’s launch a product under a veil of mystery so that consumers can buy it not knowing for certain if it will work. It’s a great master plan. Keep consumer confused. Afterall, it’s only like a $300 purchase. Right on. Things gotta change in this industry.

    • Daniel Bader

      Hey Graham, I’m sorry you felt my report was “brutal.” I was given one piece of information and then it was retracted. Then this morning I was given another official piece.

      I can only report what the company tells me. The good news is that officially the phone supports Wind.

    • Graham_Douglas

      @Daniel, sorry if I was sounding overly rude, but I’ve found this launch frustrating. Okay, I see your story update. I don’t so much fault you, as I know that even well intentioned company reps don’t know their products. I agree that’s great news. I’m just wising that from the outset, that you provided more details for the changes. More info shared, the better. Thanks for getting to the bottom of this. That said, so it does appear the official Asus band listings are wrong!?

  • deltatux

    Have family members that would love to get a phone at this price point. Only thing that I’m only concerned about is warranty. There’s no mention about the warranty off NCIX’s website or Canada Computers.

  • Khristopher Ranger

    I was thinking, wow this might just be my next phone, and then I saw they don’t support AWS. Darn 🙁

    • deltatux

      I think everyone on WIND and Videotron died a little when we saw no AWS HSPA support

    • JOK3R

      UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

      Amazon selling and those are specs. So unless its wrong it will work with WIND.

    • deltatux

      MobileSyrup corrected the article so looks like only Amazon is listing it as working on WIND…

    • Graham_Douglas

      It’s not going to work on Wind or Mobilicity. Not sure how or why Amazon would get this wrong, but they aren’t showing the bands that Asus is listing. Furthermore, I see that the Videotron 4G band should be compatible.

  • Isaac Gacura

    I’m not liking the bezel size, Asus is being pretty inconsistent with their renders, the bezel size fluctuates quite a bit if you look closer.

    Review on YouTube show just how big they are.

  • Rajesh saini

    hi nice lookiing

  • hoo dat

    Hopefully they’re built better than their POS laptops; nothing but cheap brittle plastic and zero engineering integrity. Price is good but I doubt the devices will fair well even with average use.

  • Thomas C. Riddell

    Too bad it don’t work with wind

    • jeffrey l

      No it works. Wind is on HSPA+(4G)

      So, 4G: FDD-LTE: (WW version)2100MHz(1)/1900MHz(2)/1800MHz(3)/1700MHz AWS(4)/850MHz(5)/2600MHz(7)/900MHz(8)/800MHz(20)

      In fact will work on Wind.

  • TechHungry

    Am I the only one not finding the phone on any of the 3 sites quoted in the article? Canada Computers shows it and when I click on buy now (either version), I get an error! And I can’t find the phone on NCIX or Newegg…

  • John W

    It said May 19 is available in Canada, but there are no stock everywhere 🙁

  • canadabikeguy

    This is absolutely brutal marketing by ASUS. The key provider in Canada that would be best suited to using an unlocked phone is Wind. Yet as per comments below, it is still unclear if this phone will support AWS. If the techies are arguing over 1700/2100 on LTE versus HSPA you know you’ve really screwed up your launch.

    Someone at ASUS needs to be fired over this. Can you imagine Samsung or Apple making such a stupid mistake?

  • Omar Steele

    can i ask where you found those frequencies because on the websites where its sold none mentions the 1700

  • roy

    i disagree my asus ultrabook is stellar in quality.. its the software which they are lacking in

  • Gabriel A Sanchez

    All these Websites claim to have it in Gold as well but not in Gray. Is that legit? I REALLY want the Gold one

  • Hail Eff

    Very excited about this phone. I’d love to get my hands on one of these to try them out.

  • I’m not convinced that this phone will work with Wind. According to the specs on GSM Arena, Band 4 (1700/2100), is only available for LTE devices, but Wind has only 3G. This phone does not have that band for 3G. Maybe I am overlooking something?

    • Anon-e-mouse

      A few people that actually bought the phone reported that is working on Wind on 3G. Maybe we should wait for some more reports until it is “firm”.

  • murdoc2k

    Alright guys, time to grab a larger battery juice pack!

  • Jardin Johnson

    Compatible with rogers yes?

  • Azdin Zaman

    Has anyone verified that it works on the Wind Mobile network?

  • Jeaniedeeb Whiterabbit

    SO, since the announcement of the rogers moblicity deal…will this mean a verification of zenfone working on the network?

  • Jeaniedeeb Whiterabbit

    Thanks jsab0