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ASUS ZenFone 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – Intel Atom or Exynos?

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Samsung’s newly launched Note 5 phablet is challenging the ZenFone 2 device, which was launched in the first month of 2015 and which received a lot of attention because of its support for 4GB of RAM. But, is the Asus device powerful enough to beat the shinny Note 5?

Designs

When we’ve seen the first images of the ZenFone 2, we had a déjà vu, because it’s very similar to LG’s LG 3 phone. The back is made of brushed metal, the volume buttons sit below the rear camera, but the power button was placed on top of the device. Also, the front panel has a metal band below the screen and there are three capacitive buttons, but they’re not integrated into the screen. The form of the Zenfone 2 is rectangular, not like a floating arc, and it’s thicker, measuring 10.9mm.

The Note 5 doesn’t have many real “enemies” because it looks better than most of them. Samsung ditched the faux leather design in favor of glass and metal, and the new style had a huge impact. The device is slimmer than the Note 4, measuring 7.6mm, and it couldn’t be thinner than that because at the bottom, it has a stylus dock. Also, on the front side, below the screen, was placed the oval home button which hides the fingerprint scanner.

Displays

The Zenfone 2 is smaller and it uses an IPS screen sized at 5.5-inch, which supports a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at 401 ppi. It is impossible to offer the same screen quality as the 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display which offers a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels with 518 ppi. Samsung has improved its screen technology, but it’s still a battery vampire, because it makes the colors appear more vibrant than they are.

Hardware

The Zenfone 2 arrived in two variants and the top of the line model is using a 64bit Intel Atom Z3580 chipset with a quad core processor running at 2.3GHz and it’s backed by 4GB of RAM, while the weaker model supports 2GB of RAM and it’s powered by an Intel Atom Z3560 chipset clocked at 1.8GHz.

The Note 5 has the same configuration as the Galaxy S6 sibling – 64bit Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, but it has more RAM – 4GB. The processor was built using a 14nm processor and currently, it’s one of the fastest from the market.

Regarding the internal memories, the Zenfone 2 offers three options of 16/32/64 GB, and the first two ones are expandable up to 64GB. The Note 5 doesn’t have a microSD card slot and the two variants of internal storage have capacities of 32 and 64GB.

Cameras

The Note 5 has packed a 16MP ISOCELL sensor with OIS, LED Flash, an aperture of f/1.9, Live HDR, while the front camera has a resolution of 5MP and offers the same aperture, but it added a 120-degree wide-angle lens.

The Zenfone 2 has a 13MP sensor on the back which lacks OIS, but it takes admirable photos with HDR. As for the front camera, it’s 5MP and it’s decent for taking selfies.

Batteries

Both batteries are non-removable and have a capacity of 3000mAh. Also, they support quick charging, but only the Note 5 supports wireless charging.