Asus ZenFone 5 hands-on review

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This is what we have seen powering top-end phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9, so you can expect faster performance from the 5Z if you're looking for a powerhouse of a device. This battery should be sufficient to last the phone through a day's use.

AI is quickly becoming a buzzword, and Asus is clearly taking advantage of that, with all of their features dubbed as either smart or AI powered. Again, they are admitting to blatantly copying Apple's newest flagship phone. Asus says the display supports the DCI-P3 color space but makes no claim about its coverage. The display achieves an aspect ratio of 19:9.

Asus has launched a redefined version of its Zenfone 5 featuring a minimal-bezel 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a 2246 x 1080 pixel resolution and a screen aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

Asus was also very keen to show off the AI tech in the phones and there are dozens of implementations of this.

There's also an 8MP selfie shooter on the front with an aperture of f/2.0. The phone also comes with a micro SD card slot. The phone's fingerprint sensor can unlock a device in 0.3 seconds, according to the company. Both feature a double 12-megapixel camera on the back with sensors from Sony, as well as an 8 megapixel front camera, 3,300 mAh battery and Android 8.0. Asus says ZenFone 5Z has optical image stabilization (OIS), electronic image stabilization (EIS), and it can record 4K video.

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Camera features include "AI Scene Detection" which adjusts the settings to suit the environment of the photos being captured. Both the ZenFone 5 lineup smartphones more or less come with nearly the same specifications, apart from some hardware change here and there.

The most impressive of the 5 series are the Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5z, two devices with near identical sets of specs.

Other than these, details are scarce about the other variants of the Zenfone 5 series. The primary difference is in the core specifications.

The ZenFone 5Z is priced at €479, or £499.99 in the United Kingdom for the 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM version, Asus said. It also tops out at 6 GB of memory and 64 GB of storage.

They include two stereo speakers and a pair of Asus-branded Hi-Res Audio-capable earbuds. At the back, the Zenfone 5 Lite is likely to pack a pair of 20-megapixel sensors, while up front there will be a pair of 16-megapixel sensors. It has a 2160x1080 IPS LCD (18:9 ratio) that is flat on the top and bottom. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel resolution, with an f/2.0 aperture, 84-degree field of view, and a 24mm equivalent focal length in a 35mm film camera. The pro mode allows users to change exposure, white balance, and ISO, and also gives you a range of shutter speeds from 1/10000 to 32 seconds. On the rear, there is a dual camera setup with the 16MP primary sensor and wide-angle secondary sensor. The latest addition to ASUS's rather confusing and big ZenFone family is the ZenFone Max Plus M1. That's probably because it uses the Snapdragon 630 SoC that lacks the required AI-acceleration bits for said functions. Nonetheless, ZenFone 5's processor is paired with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB internal storage space which can be expanded up to 2TB. For some reason, Asus has announced this at MWC 2018 but it won't be on shelves until April for the Zenfone 5 and June for the Zenfone 5Z.

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