In 2014, ASUS launched a phone called ‘Zenfone 5’. We are in 2018, ASUS has launched a same model, with a different version and latest upgrades. The phone was launched at Mobile World Congress 2018.
The company has announced two models Zenfone 5Z and Zenfone5 Lite. Both are identical, albeit with a wee bit of difference in the processor. With a 6.2 inch display and slim metal framed body, the Zenfone 5 has a 90% screen to body ratio. The finger print sensor and vertically aligned dual cameras are complimented by 3.5 mm headphone jack. However, there is a slight setback with no wireless charging and water proofing technology available.
The screen looks bright and vivid. The phone uses snapdragon 636, which is backed by 4 GB ram and 64 GB in-built storage with Micro SD support. With 3300 mah battery, you are good to go for a day or two once fully charged. However, if you love to have a bit more power in your hand, you may wait for Zenfone 5Z, which will be released by the end of the year with 845 snapdragon.
Moving to the camera, it is important to know that the main shooter is powered by Sony’s new flagship IMX363 sensor. The 12 MP camera comes with f/1.8 aperture, paired with an 8 MP f/2.2 wide-angle lens. The new version comes with a better audio quality and powerful built-in speakers. Not only this, the Zenfone 5 comes with Android 8.0 Oreo, which is surely going to attract a number of customers.
Until google adds the official support, Asus has built its own solutions into ZenUI, claiming that the notch will never intrude on your content or get in the way of apps. The OS has also been cleaned up, with no duplicate browser, email or messaging apps. The only pre-installed apps include Facebook and Instagram. You can also unlock the phone with your face.
Apart from these technical advantages, the Zenfone 5 comes with some beautiful features. For example, be it your pets or sunsets, the gallery app automatically sorts the photos by recognizing similar scenes. The phone will remember you choices. So, whenever you open any program, it will direct you to your best or mostly used features. It will also tweak the color temperature of screen based on the available light around you. It also comes with a brilliant feature of AI charging, which learns from how to charge to maximize the battery life. If you keep the phone plugged in overnight, AI Charging will bring it up to 80 percent and keep it there until early in the morning, before bringing it all the way to full just before you wake up.