The nicer of the two ZenFones comes with Intel's 2.3GHz quad-core Z3580 chipset, 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of dual-channel RAM, a first that Shih and his crew are happy to crow about. We don't often see Intel chips in high-end smartphones, but this one should be a real barn-burner if the 3DMark and GFXBench benchmarks trotted out onstage are any indication. The cheaper model runs with a slightly pokier 1.8GHz chipset and 2GB of RAM, along with a scant 16GB of storage.
Behind those 5.5-inch 1080p screens, though, you'll also find a cellular radio that supports LTE Cat4 with carrier aggregation (long story short: You could theoretically get data speeds of up to 250 Mbps in the right markets) and a 13-megapixel camera tricked out with a slew of ASUS' photography tricks. Throw all that into arched bodies festooned by meticulously etched concentric circles and you've the ZenFone 2 in an impressively cheap nutshell. Interest piqued? So's ours. Thankfully, the wait at this point is basically nil: You'll be able to pick one up starting tomorrow (also known as May 19th) in the US from Amazon, B&H, Newegg and Groupon... for some reason.