Asus introduces Zenfone 5 smartphones at MWC

01 March, 2018, 12:53 | Author: Becky Perry
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The newly launched ZenFone 5Z - as far as the display is concerned is even bigger than most of today's premium phones that come with an aspect ratio of 18:9.

The ZenFone 5 has whatappears to be the exact same body as the ZenFone 5Z but if powered by a less powerful, but still capable processor, the Snapdragon 636.

On stage, Asus addressed the notch on the 6.2-inch Zenfone 5, saying it has advantages over Apple's iPhone X, but did not explicitly the company's name on stage.

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.

On the front is a 6-inch display with Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio.

Both phones are expected to arrive "later in the year", but that's all we know right now.

Asus is also offering a slightly cheaper model called the Asus Zenfone 5, although there's no official pricing confirmed for this model.

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There is a dual rear camera set up of 12 MP and 8 MP sensors in its back.

The Zenfone 5 Lite has two cameras up front and two around back. The sensors are Sony IMX363 which provide different apertures and take ideal photographs. The cameras are accompanied by an LED flash, phase detection autofocus and have PixelMaster camera modes. The device will also come with a built-in speaker system which will ensure you hear everything loud and clear. The front facing camera is quite intelligent and it comes with Face Unlock feature, and real-time beautification features. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC and GPS/A-GPS. The phone rocks a decently large 3,300mAh battery which it draws power from. Price starts at 479 Euros and the phone will be available in June this year. However, that phone is not available at the show, only its lookalike sibling, the Zenfone 5. Rest of everything stays the same as of Zenfone 5Z.

Since it's a flagship device, the phone rocks the latest flagship processor by Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845.

Asus Zenfone 5 runs Android 8.0 Oreo with the company's ZenUI 5.0 on top. Not only is AI Display present, but so is AI Boot for better performance during gaming. There are two RAM variants, 4GB and 6GB coupled with just a single storage combination, 64GB. It is to feature versions with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

Externally, the suffix-less Zenfone 5 is identical to its faster cousin. The Sony IMX363 should work well, especially in low light conditions, capturing five times more light than its predecessor. Just like with the ZenFone 5 and 5 Lite, the problem is that these aren't really using machine learning technology, they are just "smart". There are three slots once again - 2 SIM card slots and a microSD slot. The Primary Camera on the device comes with 16 Megapixel + 8 Megapixel sensors with a variety of photo capturing modes. The front facing cameras are good at taking flawless selfies. There's also a second camera working alongside that for when you want to take wide-angle shots. They can record full HD videos as well.

Both phones have Face Unlock, but not as advanced as iPhone X's Face ID. At the back, the device also features Fingerprint Scanner.

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