ASUS ZenFone 5 hands-on: This iPhone X runs Android

02 March, 2018, 02:47 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • Asus ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5 Lite and ZenFone 5Z launched at MWC 2018

Asus will also be introducing what it calls "ZeniMoji" on the two phones which are live-animated avatars similar to Animoji on the iPhone X and the AR Emoji on the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S9.

Asus has a point.

We've yet to properly experiment with this feature, but if it works as well as on other handsets you can expect this to be useful when you're just using the phone's automatic mode. The secondary 8-megapixel sensor is coupled with a 120-degree wide-angle lens. Jargon aside, it essentially ensures the battery doesn't overcharge and based on your sleeping schedule, tops it up in sessions. Specs are light on this device, but we know that it has a 5.5-inch display. The dual rear-facing cameras consist of a 12MP lens and a 120-degree wide-angle lens for a wider field of view. Asus has also bundled a nifty charging feature which will be a boon for people who plug their phones overnight. Plus, the AI is bringing new capabilities to the ZenFone's image capture, such as AI scene detection for 16 difference scenes and objects, AI Photo Learning, and Real-time Portrait and Real-time Beautifications.

ZenFone Max (M1) is the latest model in the new ZenFone Max Series.

ZENFONE 5 LITE. ASUS' budget 5 variant has a quad-camera setup and a notch-less 18:9 screen.

Both Zenfones have a 3,300mAh battery each with AI Charging technology. An 8-megapixel shooter (f/2.0 aperture, PixelMaster camera modes) is placed on the front side of the ZenFone 5Z, while the device is capable of shooting 4K video at 60FPS with its main snapper. The battery can be charged via a USB Type-C port. In spite of that, however, the Zenfone 5 isn't all that inconvenient to hold which is nice. There is also DTS Headphone: X for 7.1 channel surround sound. That distinction goes to its heavy use of the term "AI", as an empty buzzword. It looks the same, uses the same camera sensor and even includes the same face unlock feature. The ZenFone 5 and 5z will start shipping on April and June 2018 respectively.

By using the term "AI" as a stand-in for "smart", Asus empties it of any meaning. In other words, the phone's most distinguishing design choice is not just a blatant copy of another company's original idea, but it's also functionally hollow.

We know it's confirmed for the United Kingdom, but we've yet to hear any news about Australia, the USA or any other markets. The handset will be known as the ZenFone 5Q in the US. Viewing angles are great and generally it's quite a nice screen to look at and use.

One look at the new Zenfone 5 models and it's not hard to mistake it for the iPhone X. The 5 and 5Z sports a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of full HD+.

The ZenFone 5 Lite is all about photography. It does, however, stand out by having two selfie cameras (one of which has a 20-megapixel resolution), in addition to the two cameras on the back.

ASUS prides itself on producing lovely phones, but while the ZenFone 5 adopts the well-known concentric circle design from the company's laptop lineup, the phone feels too light and concerningly fragile.

Everything else about the devices is much the same though, you'll have the same design and features on both, including Android 8 Oreo right out of the box, so you'll have all the latest features from Google's OS right away.


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