March 18, 2018

Asus Zenfone 5Z and Zenfone 5 announced with iPhone X-Like notch

02 March 2018, 02:49 | Rudolph Thomas

Asus ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5 Lite and ZenFone 5Z launched at MWC 2018

Asus Zen Fone 5Z is one of the first smartphones to embrace Qualcomm’s latest top of the line Snapdragon 845 chipset

The ZenFone 5Z can record video in stunning 4K UHD resolution, with smooth and steady videos assured by three-axis electronic image stabilization (EIS). ASUS claims that the Zenfone 5Z with its notch design achieves a screen-to-body-ratio of 90 per cent, which is impressive, considering the iPhone X's 82.9 per cent ratio.

The Asus Zenfone 5 comes with a full display front panel and the display has a notch at the top just like the iPhone X. The bottom bezel on the front panel is a bit thick but it is not too noticeable. The smartphone's variants go up to 8GB RAM and 256GB of inbuilt storage. According to the company, Zenfone Max Plus (M1) is a compact smartphone as they have managed to put a 5.7-inch ZenFone Max fit into the body of a standard 5.2-inch phone.

Here's another first: the 5 is the first phone to have a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chip with its neural processing engine enabled.

Crafted to perfection with premium materials, the ZenFone 5Z has a strikingly attractive ultraslim-bezel, all-screen design, featuring a stunning 6.2-inch display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio in an all-metal, glass-covered body that's as small and compact as most standard 5.5-inch phones.

Asus calls the Zenfone 5 series an Intelligent Phone because it uses lots of AI. That's just shy of the iPhone X's 19.5:9 aspect ratio, but both screens appear to be almost as narrow as each other. One thing to remember, though, is that the ZenFone 5 won't have the facial recognition features as found on iPhone X. As we mentioned, it is available in two processor variants - the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 or octa-core Snapdragon 430 - coupled with up to 3GB of RAM. One with 4GB of RAM & 64GB of native storage and the other one with 6GB RAM & 128GB of internal storage. However, that phone is not available at the show, only its lookalike sibling, the Zenfone 5. Let's take a look at the specifications of all the three smartphones and the price and availability. Up front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. The device also includes features like - Face Unlock feature, and several real-time beautification features. The smartphone comes packed with several connectivity options like - 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, USB Type-C, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

They opened up by announcing the line and then running through a spiel about a lower end ZenFone 5 model before unveiling the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z.

The Zenfone 5Z on the other hand is powered by the Snapdragon 845, the current Qualcomm champion.

The ASUS ZenFone Max is expected to come in variants with different screen sizes, processors, and of course high battery capacity. The device runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. Asus ZenFone 5 features face unlock in addition to a rear fingerprint sensor.

In the briefing experience, the ZenFone 5 Lite handled well and once again presented as a much more premium device than the specs would have you expect. It runs Android Nougat-based ZenUI 4.0. The hybrid slot of the Asus ZenFone 5/5Z supports either a second LTE SIM or a microSD memory card up to 2TB. As of yet there is no clear information on which model will hit the Indian shores.

While we're on the subject of cameras, the Asus Zenfone 5 lite features dual front and rear facing cameras. The main rear camera is a 16 MP f/2.2 unit with phase detection autofocus, while the main selfie snapper is a 20 MP f/2.0 part using the Sony IMX376 sensor. Like older Asus smartphones, the screen also supports glove mode.

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