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Specs Matchup: ASUS Zenfone 2 Vs. Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Vs. Lenovo Vibe Shot

Zenfone 2
Zenfone 2

Which one is a better buy?

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about three of the devices that we handled during Mobile World Congress. Specifically, we’ve been getting questions about three mid-range devices featured during the tech show – the ASUS Zenfone 2, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua and the Lenovo Vibe Shot. Those three devices are similar in terms of market positioning so it’s interesting to see how they stack up to one another. Let’s take a look at their comparative specs:

Comparo specs

The Zenfone 2 is probably the most powerful of the three, but as we’ve noted in earlier posts it’s not going to be as affordable as some people expect. It’s more than likely that the fully decked out, 4GB RAM version of the device will retail near the $400 range when it’s released, while the 2GB, 1.8GHz version will be around 11-13K in terms of pricing.

Read: Zenfone 2 Initial Review

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

The Xperia M4 Aqua has the smallest and lowest resolution panel of the three devices, though it makes up for it by having not only a water-resistant body, but the highest water resistance that you can have in a gadget (IP68). The 2-day battery life plus the tried-and-tested Sony camera sensors are also killer features that make it a good choice. The Xperia M4 Aqua is priced at EUR 299, which comes out to roughly Php 15,000, putting it squarely in the mid-range territory.

Read: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Initial Review

Lenovo Vibe Shot
Lenovo Vibe Shot

The Lenovo Vibe Shot is the most unique of the three devices on display during MWC because it’s designed like a point-and-shoot camera. It has the highest megapixel count for the three devices featured in this article at 16-megapixels, and the specs-to-price ratio looks really good. It’s expected to retail at around $349 or around Php 15.5K. which makes it a compelling device for the price point.

Read: Lenovo Vibe Shot Initial Review

Before MWC rolled in we were expecting the Zenfone 2 to basically roll over the competition when it comes to pricing and specs, however with the 5.5-inch, full HD model of the new device expected to retail over 10K it seems that the title of best international bang-for-the-buck device is still up for grabs. What about you? Which one of the three devices would you pick?

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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12 Comments

  1. I don’t think the 4GB Ram 64GB Rom will retail at about $399 simply because that will be the retail price of the Asus Zenfone Zoom, we were thinking along the lines of $299. I think, however that it will retail at around 15k-18k PHP when released. And yes, even though that’s not as “affordable” as some people think, it’s still a lot better than the competition at the same price point.

    What? you want the 4GB/16GB at $199? pshhh, keep dreaming!

  2. It Really pisses me off when manufacturers announce their phones with different storage size variants as if magiging available naman upon the day of release. Gawain ito ng Samsung….Yung Zenfone 2 I really doubt kung magiging available yung 32/64 GB…pinapahintay pa ng mga ilang buean eh

  3. pagdating nyan lahat s pinas, for brick and mortar stores, ZF2 will still be the most bang-for-the-buck, look at how rediculous lenovo and sony priced their phones here as compared to other international market..

    1. RIDICULOUS? not sure if you’re plain stupid or STUPID. SONY and LENOVO po yan. double read ka din, ASUS will not price ZF2 ng 10k below, with the given specs at most i THINK it is below 17k. Mag local brand ka nalang kung nag rereklamo ka sa RIDICULOUS PRICE

  4. Kinda wish there was a straw poll on how pissed everyone is when Asus announced, after so much hype for the past 2 months, that the 199$ is just a Zenfone 5 remake with the same specs in a different chassi.

    1. Zenfone 5 remake? for it’s price, it is a pretty good upgrade of zenfone 5. From dual core to quad core, 8MP to 13MP rear camera, 2MP to 5MP front cam, G3-inspired rear buttons. What more can you ask for an upgrade?

  5. I still confuse to choose between Asus Zenfone 2 and Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, what phone do you think the best?

    1. i prefer to asus zenfone 2. can you see the hardest different between them? asus zenfone 2 more than awesome i think, with 4gb they are can running the programmer more faster than sony Xperia M4.

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