Asus was a diligent ant and had a glorious comeback in January, when the company attended the CES 2015 event and unveiled its latest phone, the Zenfone 2, which came two months later in three variants: a higher-end model, a mid-range model and a lower-end model. We’ve decided to compare the first model with Motorola’s popular Moto G (second generation) handset.
Compared to the other Zenfones, this new model has a better design, featuring a brushed metal back with the volume rocket placed below the rear camera, while the power button sits at the top side. The edges on the back are curved, the corners are rounded and the front panel has a metallic band below the screen, just like the LG G3. The phone feels pretty solid and it’s kind of hard to reach the buttons from the back because of the Zenfone 2 is very thick at 10.1mm and too tall at 152.5mm.
The Moto G 2014 has a simpler design, similar to the previous generation, but with small improvements. Its body is made of matte plastic and the back features a camera in the top center, with a LED flash under it and lower there’s a dimple with the M logo inside. The top edge has a subtle dip and the front side features two horizontal bars. The device is even thicker at 11mm, but it’s 141.5mm tall.
Both phones have IPS displays and since the Zenfone 2 is a phablet, its screen measures 5.5inches and supports 1080 x 1920 pixels pixels with 403ppi, which is much better than Moto G 2014’s 5inches screen that offers 720 x 1280 pixels at 294ppi. Obviously, the Zenfone 2 has a crispier screen with better viewing angles.
The Zenfone 2 has a totally different hardware configuration, as the Taiwanese company preferred to use an Intel Atom processor with four cores, while the Moto G 2014 received a modest Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chip with a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor that couples with 1GB of RAM. The Zenfone 2 has two variants of processors: one that is clocked at 2.3GHz and which is backed by 4GB of RAM, while the other variant is clocked at 1.8GHz and it’s backed by 2GB of RAM. The Zenfone 2 is more powerful in every way and it has three storage options with capacities of 16, 32 and 64GB (with slots for expansion up to 64GB for the first two variants). The Moto G 2014 supports a lower internal memory of 8GB and the maximum supported capacity for expansion is 32GB.
Another big advantage for the Zenfone 2 is the 13MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, HDR, autofocus and video capture at 1080p@30fps. The Moto G has an 8MP main shooter which records at 720p@30fps and which has LED flash.
The Zenfone 2 provides a big battery of 3000mAh, which overshadows the battery of only 2070 mAh from the Moto G 2014.
The Zenfone 2 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage costs $299 dollars, while the Moto G 2014 costs $172 on Amazon.