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Anyone else excited by the ZenPhone 2?
02-02-2015, 07:01 PM (This post was last modified: 02-02-2015 07:02 PM by Roy360.)
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Anyone else excited by the ZenPhone 2?
Been waiting for the perfect upgrade from my Huawei Ascend P1 for a few years now, and I think I found it.

Here's the specs for the lower end version

SPECS( Official ) :
OS -->ASUS ZenUI with Android 5.0 Lollipop
Processor --> 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560/Z3580 Quad Core Processor (Running at 1.8/2.3GHz) PowerVR Series 6 - G6430, with OpenGL 3.0 support
Memory --> LPDDR3 2GB/4GB RAM/Micro SD card support, up to 64GB
Storage --> 16GB/32GB/64GB ROM ASUS WebStorage 5GB (lifetime)
Display --> 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 403ppi IPS display/400nits brightness/ Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Camera --> Front: 5MP, f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle (85-degree) lens with Selfie Panorama
Rear: 13MP, f/2.0-aperture, 5-element, auto-focus lens with dual-color Real Tone flash
PixelMaster(Asus new camera features): Low Light mode / Backlight (HDR) mode / Enhanced Beautification mode / Manual mode / Zero shutter lag
Network -->LTE speed: Category 4 maximum: 150Mbit/s / DL: 50Mbit/s
4G band: FDD LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/17/18/19/20/28/29
TDD LTE: 38/39/40/41(Network support varies by country)
Battery --> 3000mAh lithium-polymer, Fast-charging technology
Sensor --> Accelerometer, proximity, ambient-light, gyroscopic, digital compass and Hall-effect sensors
Navigation -->GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS
Wireless --> 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Ports -->3.5mm audio jack, dual micro-SIM, micro USB (support OTG)
Color --> Glacier Gray / Osmium Black / Glamour Red / Ceramic White / Sheer Gold
Dimensions -->152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 ~ 3.9 mm
Weight -->170g

PRICE - $ 199 USD

I'll likely end up buying the higher end.

What do you guys think? 64bit CPU, OpenGL 3.0, 4GB of RAM

Only 199.99 USD.
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02-02-2015, 07:02 PM
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RE: Anyone else excited by the ZenPhone 2?
Moved.

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02-02-2015, 07:48 PM
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RE: Anyone else excited by the ZenPhone 2?
Seems pretty good (although I personally don;t want a phone larger than 5".) PPSSPP and PowerVR aren't always the best of friends, but I think such a new PowerVR GPU might do just fine anyway (hopefully.)

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02-02-2015, 11:53 PM (This post was last modified: 02-02-2015 11:55 PM by Roy360.)
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RE: Anyone else excited by the ZenPhone 2?
(02-02-2015 07:48 PM)[Unknown] Wrote:  Seems pretty good (although I personally don;t want a phone larger than 5".) PPSSPP and PowerVR aren't always the best of friends, but I think such a new PowerVR GPU might do just fine anyway (hopefully.)

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My Huawei Ascend P1 also has a PowerVR GPU and it performs decently. So this should be a direct upgrade for me. However, I'm using an older version of the driver; I know the newer versions like ([email protected]) perform badly.

(There might have been other reasons too, but we are talking a drop of 10-15fps using the same configuration)

Are there any GPUs that are known to work well with PPSPP? I can never find a device with the perfect combo.

I was hoping PPSSPP would benefit from a 64bit CPU, is that not the case? Since there are more people with ARM CPUs, does the ARM version run better?
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02-03-2015, 07:12 AM
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RE: Anyone else excited by the ZenPhone 2?
Well, as far as Intel, it should run better on x64, but it won't be a major difference really. The most important thing is the driver for the GPU. So if there are better x64 GPU drivers, then it will definitely be better.

For ARM vs Intel, I don't have a good apples-to-apples comparison (e.g. two devices with the same GPU), so I can only guess. PPSSPP *should* like Intel a bit better... but again, the GPU driver being better on either one will make that the better one though, almost for sure.

I've heard some people say Adrenos / Snapdragons have weird performance problems with PPSSPP, but it's the only chip I've ever used and I get what I consider to be great performance on my Nexus 5. I suppose that newer Mali chips should also work well (older ones circa Mali-400 have register allocation problems with our shaders and have to kick back to slow mode.)

A Tegra K1/X1 would most likely give the very best performance (but no phones have K1, and not sure if there will be phones with X1.) Unfortunately older Tegras (like Tegra 3) have weird glitches / driver bugs / something that can cause weird artifacts in some games.

But, the moral of the story is still that drivers are most important.

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02-03-2015, 08:27 AM
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RE: Anyone else excited by the ZenPhone 2?
I wanted this, but I think I'll get a tegra based device because of the GPU side of things.
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03-19-2015, 06:02 PM
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RE: Anyone else excited by the ZenPhone 2?
(02-03-2015 08:27 AM)Terminator Wrote:  I wanted this, but I think I'll get a tegra based device because of the GPU side of things.

Did not realize they made tegra phones.

The phone is finally out, and the flagship version is going for around 400$ after imports and tax.

Chinese benchmarks seem to indicate that it's faster than Snapdragon 801.


But PowerVR...

How bad is it?

My current Antutu Score is:17243 , this device gets 50401.

Goal is to play most PSP games at full speed. 2x Resolution min.
Currently planing Final Fantasy Agito with all speedhacks on. Not a pleasant experience.
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03-20-2015, 12:01 PM
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RE: Anyone else excited by the ZenPhone 2?
For now, I don't want a x86 based phone, the most android applications aren't fully compatible with it, for example, the PPSSPP, many people with Zenfone are reporting problems with the emulator. I prefer to wait some years...

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