The new ASUS ZenFone 5 unveiled

Jo Lloyd
March 1, 2018

Asus ZenFone 5 is the main smartphone of the entire Asus ZenFone 5 series smartphone.

The ZenFone 5 also has a 6.2-inch edge-to-edge display, though this one is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and comes with up to 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM. The ZenFone 5 and the ZenFone 5Z are expected to hit the Indian shores in the coming months. Asus has this time unveiled Zenfone 5Z alongside the 5Z and also debuted the Zenfone 5, which is same in design, but with slightly less powerful innards.

Despite the fancy cameras, it doesn't look like the Zenfone 5 Lite has all the AI photo wizardry that Asus packed into its higher-end cousins above.

In line with the current trend, the Zenfone 5 will also come with a dual camera, a 12MP and an 8MP wide-angle camera in the back. Asus CEO Jerry Shen did not reveal the pricing of the Zenfone 5 but took a not-so-subtle dig at Apple by saying it'll be "for everyone to enjoy compared to the fruit company".

The dual-SIM (Nano) Asus ZenFone Max (M1) (ZB555KL) runs Android 8.0 Oreo with the company's ZenUI 5.0 skin atop. The 6-inch Full HD+ IPS display has a Full View 18:9 aspect ratio and an ultraslim bezel, which makes it as compact as a standard-aspect-ratio 5.5-inch phone, said Asus. For some reason, Asus has announced this at MWC 2018 but it won't be on shelves until April for the Zenfone 5 and June for the Zenfone 5Z.

LG's V30S ThinQSouth Korea's LG eschewed the notch for the all-screen model it introduced at MWC, the V30S ThinQ, where it also discussed a new smartphone strategy focusing on device audio, battery, camera and display. The phone also holds a solution if you're anxious about overheating from heavy use, with four 0.06mm thick carbon fiber cooling pads that reduce the heat from the Snapdragon 845. The phone will support AI charging tech. 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. The primary front-facing 20 megapixel Sony IMX376 camera has a relatively large f/2.0 aperture for sharper low-light photos.

Asus ZenFone 5 and 5Z both come with similar set of specifications expect for minor differences.

The Asus ZenFone 5Z is powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 processor coupled with Adreno 630 GPU. The 5 comes in two versions, one 4GB RAM/ 64GB internal storage, the other 6GB RAM/ 64GB internal storage.

Credit: Tom's GuideThe device looks like Apple's most expensive iPhone, complete with a notch to house the front-facing camera lens, but for half the price. Asus intend to release an update for Android 9 devices. Moving on to the ZenFone Max (M1), the phone's 4000mAh battery and 5.5-inch 18:9 HD+ display are its top selling points.

The smartphone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with the ZenUI 5.0. Other specs include two different RAM & storage variants.

Both handsets feature Sony's latest IMX363 image sensor (1.4µm pixels and f/1.8 wide-aperture) and dual-rear cameras alongside a 120-degree wide-angle secondary camera with 4K video recording at 60fps.

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