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April 27, 2018

Asus Zenfone 5 Review: Super IPS+ Notched Display, Dual Camera Bokeh, Better Face Unlock, and More

The ZenFone 5 featuring 6.2-inch notched Super IPS+ display with the aspect ratio of 19:9 and Full HD+ (2246x1080p) resolution. The screen provides an incredible screen-to-body ratio of 90%. Asus Zenfone 5 (ZE620KL) includes Snapdragon 636 chipset that also powers to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Meizu E3 mobile phones. The smartphone offers 64GB internal memory storage, which is upgradable up to 2TB via a microSD card. You can purchase Zenfone 5 in 4GB and 6GB RAM models. It runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo) out of the box, which is well customised with the latest Zen UI. On the other hand, the Asus phone is loaded with a large AI enabled 3300mAh battery.

When it comes to photography, it offers a highest quality dual lens camera set-up on the rear side. There is a Sony IMX363 12MP lens as the main shooter that is connected to a secondary wide-angle lens that is dedicated to providing a great 120 degrees field of view. The primary lens is backed by features such as 1.4micron pixel size, dual-pixel autofocus, 4-axis OIS, and 83-degree field of view. Asus Zenfone 5 (ZE620KL) also includes a f/2.0 aperture camera of 8MP on the front.

Other most prominent features of the phone are related to its Rear fingerprint scanner, face unlocks, dual 5-magnet speakers, dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, USB-C, and 3.5mm audio jack, etc.

Asus Zenfone 5 Release Date and Availability:

Asus Zenfone 5, which was announced at MWC in February 2018, has been released in its hometown as well as other parts of Asia including India, China, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Asus feature-packed phone went on sale from 12th of April. Now, Zenfone 5 is available to purchase in most parts of Asia.

The global Zenfone 5 release date is set for June. Asus Zenfone 5 release date in Australia is still unknown. Though, the Zenfone 5 mobile phone is available to purchase in Australia through eGlobal, DWI, Kogan, and few other reputed Australian retailers. The device is available in Blue and Silver colors. But don’t forget to compare Asus Zenfone 5 prices during purchase.

Asus Zenfone 5 Prices:

Asus Zenfone 5 prices for 4GB RAM/64GB variant are usually in between $400 to $450 in Taiwan and other parts of Asia. If you are shopping online, there are some good resources and carrier are available. But you can pre-book your flagship Asus device at its own store and Amazon with relatively less price.

Although the exact Zenfone 5 price in Australia is still unknown, it will possibly start from AU$450 and go up to AU$570 according to our estimated guess. However, you can get Asus Zenfone 5 4GB RAM/64GB model right now at Paylessdeal, where the prices are starting from just AU$450.

Asus Zenfone 5 Specs and Features:

Asus Zenfone 5 specs and features are described below.

  • 6.2-inch Super IPS+ display
  • Full HD+ (2246x1080p) Resolution
  • Capacitive touch panel w/ 10 points multi-touch
  • 90% screen-to-body ratio
  • Corning Gorilla Glass protection (unspecified version)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform
  • 64-bit Octa-core Kryo 260 Processor w/ AI BoostFinFET LPP Power-Saving Technology
  • Qualcomm Adreno 509 GPU
  • 4GB/ 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 64GB Internal Storage (supports up to 2TB)
  • Android Oreo Operating System w/ new ASUS ZenUI 5
  • Sony flagship IMX363 12MP dual pixel Main Rear Camera w/ dual LED Flash, 6P lens, and f/1.8 aperture
  • Other Features: AI Photography, PixelMaster camera modes, 0.03 seconds phase-detection autofocus, 4K UHD (3840x2160p) video recording at 30 fps, 3-axis EIS, Slow Motion video (1080p at 120fps / 720p at 240fps),Zenimoji: Live Emoji, bokeh function (new)
  • Second Rear Camera w/ 120° wide-angle lens
  • Other Features: 1080p FHD video recording at 30 / 60 fps, 3-axis EIS, Slow Motion video (1080p at 120fps / 720p at 240fps),Zenimoji: Live Emoji
  • 8MP Front-Face Camera w/ f/2.0 aperture and 84° field of view
  • Other Features: 1080p FHD video recording at 30 / 60 fps, 3-axis EIS
  • 5-magnet Dual Speakers w/ dual NXP Smart AMP
  • WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 & 5GHz, Wi-Fi direct, Hotspot
  • Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
  • Dual SIM dual standby
  • Sensors: Fingerprint sensor (Rear),Face recognition, Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, RGB sensor
  • 3300mAh Powerful Li-Ion Battery (Removable) w/ fast & AI Charging
  • Weight: 165 grams
  • Available Colors: Meteor Silver, Midnight Blue

Design and Display:

Overall, the ZenFone 5 smartphone by Asus seems very identical to Apple’s iPhone X. The Asus device has a nice and clean design with rounded edges. And it has the same kind of notch like the iPhone X at the top but has relatively thicker bezel at the bottom side. Zenfone 5 (ZE620KL) is covered with glass for delivering a stylish look and feel. There are also touch-sensitive buttons active just at the lower side of the screen.

Most importantly, the phone has a detachable back cover for providing quick access to the dual-SIM and microSD card slots. Turning towards the backside of the device, there is an 8MP camera and a speaker. You will find a LED flash just under the camera sensors and in the middle, there is a fingerprint scanner to unlock the device immediately.

The 3.5mm audio jack and USB-C port are situated at the bottom edge of the device. To keep Asus Zenfone 5 priceunder control, dust/waterproofing protection and wireless charging features are not provided in this model. The most stunning Asus mobile phone available in Meteor Silver and Midnight Blue colors, to make a unique personal statement.

The ZenFone 5 phablet comes with a 6.2-inch Super IPS+ display with FHD+ (2246x1080) resolution and a 19:9 largest ratio, for making its screen-to-body ratio up to 90%. And because it has an IPS display, it provides a wide color range with a nice viewing angle as well as an incredible color saturation and 550 nits of brightness, for making it an extraordinary device to use even in tough situations and intense lighting conditions.

Processor and Memory:

The Asus Zenfone 5 (ZE620KL) is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 mobile platform based octa-core processor chip with AI Boost. The Snapdragon 636 is the Qualcomm's product that uses in mid-range mobile phones nowadays. The new ZenFone 5 phablet device comes with two variants: 4GB RAM/64GB, and 6GB/64GB. And the good news is that you can you increase its internal storage up to 2TB through a separate microSD.

Camera:

When it comes to the most important aspect, the Asus ZenFone 5 lets you experience its optimum quality dual rear sensors, with a 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor and an 8MP sensor. Furthermore, you will also get the 8MP camera on the front for capturing the best selfies. Both the front and back cameras come with 3-axis EIS, face unlocks feature, real-time beautification features, and much more.

According to the latest Zentalk thread update, it also adds a ‘dual camera bokeh function’, 'camera performance improvement', 'An I related to function', and face unlock performance improvement. These features including bokeh effect on images were not active within the device before the 20th of April. Now, the mobile phone users will also be able to use the feature to capture images in portrait mode as well.

For more about camera features and modes, check the above listed Zenbook 5 specs and features section.

Operating System and Software:

The Asus ZenFone 5 runs it's own ZenUI 5.0 on top of Android 8.1 Operating System. And most importantly, it doesn't have a large range of unwanted software. Facebook and Instagram are the only third-party apps that come with the device.

Battery:

The Zenfone 5 by Asus is powered by a 3300mAh large Li-Ion battery with BoostMaster and Smart Quick Charging features. Not only this, the cell provides AI and scheduled charging for battery protection. According to the manufacturer, the battery has the capability of providing up to 2 hours of talk time with just 5 minutes of charge and can charge to 60% within 38 minutes.

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