Asus Zenfone 5 first impressions review – Cheaper Android iPhone X
In an event that included non-subtle swipes at a certain Cupertino-based company and a gig by OK Go!, a range of new intelligent smart(er)phones was launched.
The Asus Zenfone 5 range appeared a little confusing to me. However, I am running on approximately a total of 9 hours sleep since Sunday morning.
There’s the Lite, Max, ‘just’ 5 and Z – that I bit I think I’ve got. That said, it’s their attributes that seem a little cloudy to me. Folk in the UK shouldn’t get too confused as, (again, as far as I can make out) the Lite won’t be hitting these shores.
That is, of course, the Zenfone 5. And the higher-end Zenfone 5z. These models are almost identical, save for the chipset used, and the amount of RAM and storage you can get them with.
Asus Zenfone 5
As mentioned, the Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5 Z share identical specs. These include a 6.2-inch display with skinny bezels, a 3,300-mAh battery with quick charging and a dual camera with a standard and wide-angle view.
Given the digs at Apple and the new Asus sporting ‘that’ notch, there are a couple of things that the iPhone X has that the Zenfone hasn’t. Namely, wireless charging or any kind of waterproofing. How important these factors are is down to you. Oh, and whether they are worth £100s.
This hands it more power when gaming
Enjoy scene detection, photo learning, portrait mode and beautification.
It stays on while you’re looking at it and has automatic colour temperature adjustment.
It remembers when you wake up so will gently recharge until you’re just about to wake and then complete its 100% charge for the day.
This automatically adjusts the volume according to how noisy your surroundings are.
Zenfone 5 specs
It features a 19:9 aspect ratio, 500-nit brightness, and a notch that Asus boasts is “26% smaller than the Fruit Phone X.” Before you take me to task, these are the actual words spoken on stage tonight.
The new Asus has an impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio thanks to that notch and the slim bezels all around.
You will get either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
The Zenfone 5 features a 3,300 mAh battery, dual-SIM functionality, and dual speakers with dual amps.
Expect to see the Zenfone 5 in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver.
The Zenfone 5z ups the game in a few areas.
Well, basically, it’s the aforementioned Zenfone 5 but with a Snapdragon 845 under the hood.
That beefier processor is mated with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Your exact RAM/storage options are: 6/64, 8/128, or 8/256.
Asus Zenfone 5 first impressions
It is certainly a good looking phone. It does, however, look a lot like the Fruit Phone X. Gah! Now they’ve got me saying it!
The 6.2-inch 19:9 aspect ratio Full HD+ IPS display is extremely bright and vivid. I am sure that it will win people over with that 90% screen-to-body ratio.
The fingerprint sensor is around back but it’s also packing facial unlock so, chances are, that’s what you’ll be using the most.
The camera placement seems to be the same as the iPhone X. Also, the animojis, notch, and over all look. In fact, the amount of similarities may prompt confused people to ask how you are running Android on an iPhone.
The major difference between the X and the Z is the price.
Price and availability
Asus Zenfone 5 gallery