ASUS ZenFone-2 unlocked

The holidays have come and gone and we’re excited about what’s ahead for 2016. According to our Chairman, the new ZenFone will have a USB Type-C port. So forget about trying to find out the orientation of your charger – it doesn’t matter anymore! But the rest of the ZenFone 3 will still be a mystery until it is unveiled.

Thinking about the new ZenFone has me excited, and I’m hopeful that it is a phone that continues to show others the kind of waves we’re making in the industry. For fun, I thought I’d put together my wishlist for the new ZenFone: 

  • More ZenUI customizations – w/ dark mode option
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • 5.2”-5.5” 1080p IPS Gorilla Glass 4 display
  • 20MP back camera w/ laser auto-focus
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • On-screen nav buttons
  • Unlocked bootloader
  • Dual SIM w/ LTE support
  • 4GB RAM / 64GB storage
  • 128GB microSD card support

To save on cost, I think compromising on a 2k-4k screen would be necessary, and even making it a bit smaller would be fine for me too – I like that 5.2” size so I can use the phone more easily with one hand. In addition, this phone wouldn’t need the fastest processor like a Snapdragon 820 (though it would be very cool to see).

If you were to design the next ZenFone, what would you like to have? Tell us your wishlist – Go all out – or be more realistic (given that the ZenFone 2 and siblings were in the $249-$399 range). Let us know in the comments, and one lucky person will receive a ZenEar premium set of earbuds (sorry, US and Canada only).

Here’s looking forward to 2016!


  1. What MUST be retained and not removed:

    a. Dual SIM
    b. Removable battery
    c. MicroSD expandability
    d. Display no higher than 1920×1020. Anything higher raises cost and memory & power consumption with no benefit.

    What should be added:

    a. Lighted buttons on bottom row
    b. NFC
    c. Increase display to 5.7″ (without increasing phone size if possible)
    d. Ability to remove unwanted Asus apps.

    • You got it all nice there, except the Lighted buttons…that’s sooo 2010, and doesn’t even make sense with new android M version.

      I would just add, to have Android OS updates guaranteed and quickly available, this is the ONLY thing stopping me from buying an ASUS Zenfone right now.

      I don’t have a Phone exchange rate as dramatic as some other people, I can have a phone for up to 3 years before changing, so, a guaranteed OS update is a major must-have

  2. Here are some main points that I’d love to see on the new ZenFone.

    °Band 12 support
    °Dual SIM, both with LTE support
    °3,500-4,000 mAh battery
    °IR Blaster

    Things that would be nice, but not necessary.

    °Gorilla Glass
    °A more improved slow motion feature
    °4k video recording capabilities

  3. I purchased nearly 7 Zen 501cg phones in 2014. I am expecting dual speaker Dolby audio. And more day light contrast to be improve. Removable battery up to 3000mAh.
    There is no OFFICIAL UPDATES from kit Kat to lollipop, for Zen 5 501cg. Improve service updates after sales must.

  4. I agree with the other poster Sam.

    Dual sim, Dual 4G LTE support is a must. Would love to see if there is a way to make it dual active as well.

    The additional LTE Band 12 would be great along with the VoLTE software upgrade. ( This does not require certifications by all carriers), Along with all the bands currently in use now. Adding to not taking away.

    Need just 2 LTE versions a CN version that handles the China and an WW version that handles all the bands for the EU and US and everwhere else. It seems the different versions confuse people and are unnecessary.

    Would like to see an improved speaker

    Lighted menu buttons

    Also, better OS support. Would like to know the phone is being updated and good for at least 1 OS upgrade. Sorry, but the Lollipop OS support has been a disaster and doesn’t make your company come off in a good light at all.

    • The lighted menu buttons is a great idea as long as there is an option to turn them off.
      I personally don’t mind the non lighted ones on the current model.

  5. So with the new phone coming out, I really hope that the overall design is changed a little. I mean, the size is perfect, and the look makes it sleek, but some placements of things could be in a better spot. With my smart cover case I got from your event in NYC, It really gets in the way of changing the volume when I want it to. However, everything else is more or less great. Perfect amount of RAM,(although could always use more in the new one)storage space is more than enough. I think the only way to make the Zenfone 3 better than the rest is if the quality of everything better.

  6. I love my current phone, but the things that could be improved?
    # A low-light camera, with easy exposure controls. One of the big features that’s boosting the latest crop of Samsung phones is the camera.
    # 5000mha battery that supports quick-charging! Because, you know, more power = good. I don’t care if it makes the phone a little heavier of bulky.
    # “Unbreakable” screen. Verizon has one of these on their new Droid. If a shipment of those screens are to go missing…

  7. metallic body
    5.2 inch
    amoled disp
    fast charging
    more zen ui customization
    6.0.1 os
    Snapdragon proc..
    4gb ram
    feather slim

  8. Size: 5.7in max
    Body: Grippable back, chamfered edges
    Memory: 3-4G+
    Built-in storage: 32G-64G
    Expansion: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 2TB
    Speakers: Stereo front-facing
    Camera: Optical Image Stabilization
    Pixel size: 1.12μm
    Notifications: Haptic feedback, vibration, flight mode, silent mode, speakerphone
    Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels (max)
    Bluetooth: 4.1
    LTE: 800 (band 20), 1800 (band 3), 2600 (band 7) MHz
    Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac
    Mobile hotspot
    USB: Type-C
    Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer

    Other: NFC, DLNA, MHL, SlimPort, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

    Allow vendor apps to be uninstalled rather than requiring root to remove them

    • I agree with some of the things you said, but not on others.

      First, I’m not sure that a mobile hotspot is possible unless the phone is sold through a carrier. (e.g T-mobile, AT&T, etc.) This may not be the case though.

      Second, I’m not sure that 1440p is a good idea. I have friends with 1440p+ phones and I can’t tell a difference between there phone and my ZenFone 2. It’s really just a battery sucker.

      As for your notifications, doesn’t the ZenFone 2 have all that already?

      Anyway, the front facing speakers are a good idea. I like the current ones as far as looks, but they’re just not the best when actually used.

      Also optical image stabilization is a great thought!

  9. Snapdragon or MediaTek octa-core CPU
    4GB RAM
    32/64GB storage with mSD expansion
    Good GPU
    5.5 or 5.7 inch 1080p display
    5MP wide-angle front camera
    16MP rear camera with OIS, laser focus, and dual LED flash
    802.11ac dual band wireless
    Bluetooth 4.1
    3000-3300mAh battery with QuickCharge
    Android 6.0.1 with updates

  10. I love my current ZenFone 2 Special Deluxe, but the following ZenFone 3 would have me considering an upgrade:

    – MediaTek Helio X12 SOC
    – 2GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU
    – 4GB RAM
    – 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options
    – MicroSD slot supporting up to 128GB
    – PowerVR GX6250 GPU
    – 5.5-inch 1920×1080 IPS display with more brightness than current model
    – 5MP wide-angle front camera
    – 16MP or 20MP rear camera with OIS
    – 802.11ac dual band wireless
    – Bluetooth v4.1
    – A removable 3000mAh+ battery that supports Quick Charge
    – ZenUI updated with Android Marshmallow
    – Love the current design, but the following improvements would be welcome:
    – Move volume and power buttons to side
    – Stereo speakers, or at least a better mono speaker
    – USB Type-C charging connector

    If ASUS could deliver this for $299 USD, I would upgrade in a flash.

  11. One more request: please please put back that eyelet hole to give users an option to install a strap. People who don’t need it are not affected.

  12. My perfect Zenphone would slide into a full size pad. I miss my fonepad very much. Smaller isn’t always better. Your problem was marketing or lack of. You make awesome products. me to happiness

  13. Since I know that Asus is known for gaming and rigs I’d like to see Asus zen phone with the nvidia k1 preferably x1, more RAM and storage if possible 128/256 gigs be able to virtual RAM external micro SD cards for cached programs.
    Less Asus bloatware and more Nexus style. Front facing speaker(s), although I’m at a point that I’m using my Bluetooth speaker box or headset then the phones speakers, so for me the speakers aren’t a game changer.
    To keep cost down I’m happy with my plastic back, removable/swappable battery would really be nice, as would be wireless charging to stop me from destroying the USB charger plug on the bottom of the phone, (again).
    On a side note, would it be possible if Asus made a two part hard gel casing/belt holster for the zen phone, can’t seem to be able to find the otterbox™ for my Asus zen phone 2.