It is not sure if Asus Zenfone 2 ZE500CL will be released in India along with other two variants - ZenFone 2 ZE550ML and ZenFone 2 ZE551ML – but if it does, it will compete with devices like Micromax Yu Yureka and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G in the Indian smartphone market.
Asus is releasing Zenfone 2 device in India on Wednesday, 15 April but several reports claimed that only ZE550ML, ZE551ML 2GB RAM, and ZE551ML 4GB models will be launched in India. So, it is not sure if Asus Zenfone 2 ZE500CL model will hit Indian stores on Wednesday or at a later date.
The Zenfone 2 ZE500CL is expected to fall in the price bracket of ₹9,000 and ₹12,000. According to Asus official website, the ZE500CL model will be priced at TWD 4,990 (around ₹9,930 / $159) while Asus France tweeted that the entry-level device comes with a price tag of €179 (approximately $193 / ₹12,000). On the other hand, Micromax Yu Yureka is priced ₹8,999 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G is priced ₹9,999.
Specification Comparison: Which Smartphone is Superior?
Sporting massive 5.5-inch screens, the Redmi Note 4G and Yu Yureka score over ZenFone 2 ZE500CL which has a 5-inch screen. However, the device from Asus has better picture display with 294 ppi compared to 267 ppi in Redmi Note 4G and Yu Yureka.
Powered by Atom Z2560 processor, Asus ZenFone 2 ZE500CL scores over Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 seen in Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 in Micromax Yu Yureka.
Asus ZenFone 2 ZE500CL runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, while the Xiaomi device comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (upgradable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat) and Micromax Yu Yureka runs on CyanogenMod Android 4.4.4 KitKat. So, Asus' device scores over its possible competitors.
The three devices are almost in par with each other in storage department. Asus ZenFone 2 ZE500CL comes packed with 16GB internal memory expandable up to 64GB and 2GB RAM, while Redmi Note 4G has 8 GB internal memory with microSD up to 64 GB and 2 GB RAM, and Micromax Yu Yureka houses a 16 GB internal memory with microSD slot up to 32GB and 2 GB RAM.
Micromax Yu Yureka and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G have superior camera with13MP main camera and 5MP front snapper compared to 8MP main camera and 2MP front snapper seen in Asus Zenfone 2 ZE500CL.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G has powerful 3100 mAh battery compared to 2500 mAh battery seen in Asus ZenFone 2 ZE500CL and Micromax Yu Yureka.
Conclusion: It is not very fair to compare the devices as Asus has not revealed the price of its ZenFone 2 ZE500CL in India as it could come with a higher price tag. However, going by their specifications, Asus's new device has an edge over Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and Micromax Yu Yureka because of its powerful hardware and software.