The last big conference from MWC 2018 has just concluded and Asus took the final spotlight to introduce the first three phones of the latest ZenFone 5 line up. The press invite also has "We love Photo" which indicates that camera will be an area of focus for the Asus ZenFone 5 series.
Speaking of notch, there's one on the 5Z, and one on the ZenFone 5, so in a way, you can't accuse Asus of copying Apple. The device carries more features and high-end specs compare to the original Asus ZenFone 5 and Asus ZenFone 5 Lite smartphones. Along with Zenfone 5Z, it also launched ASUS Zenfone 5.
The ZenFone 5Z has a 19:9 aspect ratio, a smidge lower than the iPhone X's 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It runs Android Nougat-based ZenUI 4.0. So we'll only mention the Zenfone 5 except in cases where the Zenfone 5Z has a different specification. So you either put a second nano SIM or add up to an additional 2TB of storage.
The Asus ZenFone 5 Lite doesn't have the notch, but it has dual cameras on both the front and back. It features a combination of 12 Megapixel cameras at the back panel. It includes a 12MP wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture along with a 12MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture. Asus has also bundled a nifty charging feature which will be a boon for people who plug their phones overnight.
The smartphone comes with face unlock, USB Type C and it is powered by a 3300 mAh battery. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC and GPS/A-GPS.
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■ The standout element in the ZenFone 5Z is the bezels-less screen with a thin strip at the top for the front camera. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.
The edge-to-edge design makes the ZenFone 5 one of the prettiest mid-range Android phones I've ever seen.
The ZenFone 5 will be available to buy in late summer in two shades: blue and silver. Of course, there will be an expansion option also available on the device to expand the memory of the device. For selfies, the Zenfone 5 Lite sports a 20MP primary sensor and wide-angle secondary sensor. You get a more standard 18:9 screen 6-inch 1080p screen that looks rather drab next to its flashier sibling. Asus says that it has 90% screen-to-body ratio. That's probably because it uses the Snapdragon 630 SoC that lacks the required AI-acceleration bits for said functions.
On the front side, the device comes with 20 Megapixel + 8 Megapixel sensors as Secondary Camera on the device. According to the company, each camera works independently every time for flawless selfies, wefies, landscapes, portraits or groups shots.
It will also have an intelligent gallery app, which will track your edits to photos on the ZenFone and eventually offer to do the work for you automatically. The lineup ranges from flagships to a budget device with a high capacity battery. ZenFone 5Z also comes with two five-magnet stereo speakers on board, which are driven by dual smart amplifiers to ensure good audio experience.