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Moto E (2nd Gen) VS Asus Zenfone 5: Which is the Best?

Moto E (2nd Gen) VS Asus Zenfone 5: Which is the Best?

by Best Tech Guru TeamMarch 9, 2015

We have now got many great low-budget smartphones and these low budget smartphones are tempting many customers to get confused in deciding which one they should buy. Today we have got a showdown of two of the finest low-budget phones – The Moto E (2nd Gen) VS Asus Zenfone 5.

Asus launched its Zenfone 5 in July 2014 which received huge response for its heavy specifications under the low price range of Rs. 10,000. It came out as a beast of the phones and delivered huge success to Asus. Asus introduced variants of Zenfone 5 and the latest variant is priced at Rs. 7,999 with some reduced CPU speed.

Motorola is tasting success since launch of Moto E and Moto G. Motorola now come even stronger with its new launch – Moto E (2nd Generation). Priced at just Rs. 6,999, it will be a tough competition to Lenovo A6000, Asus Zenfone 5 and many low-budget killers.

After arrival of Moto E (2nd Gen), will Asus Zenfone 5 lose its position? Well, let’s check it out by comparing them in details:


 Moto E (2nd Gen)Asus Zenfone 5
PRICERs.   @ Rs.  @ 
OSAndroid OS, v5.0.x (Lollipop)Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean), Upgradable to v4.4 (KitKat)
CPUQuad-core 1.2 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 - 3G model, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 - 4G modelDual Core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 Processor with Intel Hyper Threading Technology
SCREEN4.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, oleophobic coating5.0 inches, IPS capacitive touchscreen
DISPLAY540 x 960 pixels, 245 ppi pixel density1280 x 720 pixels, 294 ppi pixel density
CAMERAPrimary Camera: 5 MP, Secondary Camera: 0.3 MP, Flash: NoPrimary Camera: 8 MP, Secondary Camera: 2 MP, Flash: Yes
MEMORYInternal Storage 8 GB, microSD Expandable upto 32 GBInternal Storage 16 GB, microsd expandable upto 64 GB
BATTERYLi-Ion 2390 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Po 2110 mAh battery
OTHERS3G, 4G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) :

Motorola-Moto-E-2015 - Moto E (2nd Gen) VS Asus Zenfone 5

Motorola has been very consistent by introducing some very good smartphones in the market. Moto E was launched last year and it shook the smartphones market  by its low price and high level specifications combination. Now we have the Moto E (2nd Gen) which tries to heal the cons of Moto E to a great extent.

Motorola showcased two variants of the new Moto E – 4G LTE and 3G version. The Moto E (2nd gen) 3G variant is launched at a price of Rs 6,999 via Flipkart. The price of the 4G version will be around Rs. 9,000, though there is no information on the launch of the 4G variant in India yet.

Moto E (2nd Gen) sports a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU coupled with 1 GB RAM. It has 8 GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 32 GB via Micro SD Card. It is powered by a bigger 2,390 mAh battery than the previous Moto E.

It features a good 5 MP rear camera with auto focus and now it has also a 0.3 MP front shooter for selfie freaks. The main eye-catching feature is Android 5.0 Lollipop OS which will give you an amazing experience. Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G LTE version sports the same specifications except its chipset. It is powered by 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. And the thing that will matter to many, it has a great battery life.

Overall, it is a good phone with good specs and good build quality. The trust of Motorola is also there.

Asus Zenfone 5 :

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The Asus Zenfone 5 is a very good-looking phone available in different colours like Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, and Champagne Gold. The design incorporates the iconic concentric circle finish with a unique fine texture which lends the phone a classic look and feel.

It has a good 5.0 inch HD IPS capacitive touch-screen display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The display sensitivity is also improved in Asus Zenfone 5 as it supports Glove touch input. The phone is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor with Intel Hyper Threading Technology clocked at 1.2 GHz.

The performance of the phone is very good with 2 GB of RAM. It boasts of 8 GB Inbuilt storage and is expandable up to 64 GB which lets you store ample data. It has the Asus ZenUI on top of Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat). It has a good 8 MP rear camera with auto focus and a 2 MP front camera, which delivers excellent photo quality. The phone is backed up by a battery of 2110 mAh.

No doubt, an amazing device from Asus with such heavy specifications at such a low price.

Verdict :

After studying about both the smartphones in details and comparing respective features, we must say that Asus Zenfone 5 leads with the specifications. However, Moto E (2nd Gen) is not way behind than Asus Zenfone 5. It is a stiff competition to Asus Zenfone 5 in terms of performance, user interface and trust factor.

An excellent smartphone should be an all-rounder in each and every aspect. Higher specifications are not always better if they do not provide you the best overall experience. So, good design, good performance, good UI, good service are some more important factors one should consider before buying any smartphone. It is quite a confusing task to choose between Moto E (2nd Gen) and Asus Zenfone 5.

If you are looking for higher specifications and you are ready to compromise with brand value and service factors, Asus Zenfone 5 could be your choice. This does not implies that Asus Zenfone 5 is not good in quality, it is the matter of your personal choice of Brand.

However if you are seeking decent specifications which will fulfil your needs and you feel Motorola can provide you better comfort level, then Moto E (2nd Gen) is always a good choice. At this price you are getting everything what a normal user desire.

So, we will say that if you specifically do not want a phone for high performance, it is better to go with the Moto E (2nd Gen) for the sake of better user experience.

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