For a while there, the average Canadian consumer had never heard of the Asus brand. Maybe the PC DIY enthusiasts were familiar with their motherboards. With the dawn of the age of the netbook, Asus started to establish a name for itself in the consumer market. This expanded with tablets and notebooks, but you still couldn’t officially get your Canadian hands on an Asus smartphone. That has now changed with the pending arrival of the Asus ZenFone 2.

We already knew that the budget-oriented “premium” smartphone from Asus would be bound for a number of markets around the world, but there was nary a mention for us maple syrup and poutine-eating folk. Even if you’re not terribly interested in this specific smartphone, it’s big news for Canadians, because it means we have another option for our contract-free smartphones.

American pricing for the unlocked and contract-free Asus ZenFone 2 ranges from $158 to $285, so you can expect to see something similar in Canada, adjusted to the now vastly different exchange rate. The ZenFone 2 comes in a few different configurations with the top-end model getting a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 3000mAh battery, Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI and a 64-bit Intel Atom processor clocked at 2.3GHz.

Via Canadian Reviewer

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