The new Asus Zenfone 5 is an iPhone X look alike that is much cheaper than the original

Asus zenfone 5

We already knew that Asus was going to launch the ZenFone 5 series at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. In fact, there were a few leaks of the design of the phone – with a notch – as well. As planned, the new Asus ZenFone 5 range of  phones were revealed at MWC 2018 on Feb 27. There are three phones in the range – ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5Z, and ZenFone 5 Lite.

We will be talking about the ZenFone 5 and the ZenFone 5Z in this article. For more information on the ZenFone 5 Lite, head over to this story.

ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z

The ZenFone 5 and the ZenFone 5Z are the marquee products in this range. The design of both these phones is largely inspired by the iPhone X. There is a notch on top of the tall fullscreen display. Asus claims that this notch is smaller than the one on the iPhone X.

Also read: MWC 2018: List of all the phones launched at the world’s biggest event for phones

The notch includes the regular ambient light sensor, a front camera, and an earpiece like most Android phones. Both the phones, the ZenFone 5 and the ZenFone 5Z include an 6.2-inch 19:9 IPS LCD screen. It offers a display resolution of 1080×2246 pixels. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent, according to Asus.  The display can output the entire DCI-P3 colour gamut and Asus claims that its in-built AI can change 

What’s different in the ZenFone 5 and the ZenFone 5Z?

The differences between the Asus ZenFone 5 and the ZenFone 5Z are limited to the SoC, RAM and storage configurations. The ZenFone 5 comes with a Snapdragon 636 SoC, Andreno 509 GPU, and in either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. You only get a single 64GB storage variant option of the ZenFone 5.

On the other hand, the ZenFone 5Z comes with a Snapdragon 845 SoC with an AIE (Artificial Intelligence Engine) and Adreno 630 GPU. The phone comes in three SKUs: 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for the base model, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM for the middle variant, and finally the top end variant comes with 8GB of RAM and a whopping 256GB of storage.

What’s similar in the ZenFone 5 and the ZenFone 5Z?

Both the ZenFone 5 and the ZenFone 5Z come in two colour variants: Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver. The phones run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box with the new ZenUI 5.0 skin. You also get a face unlocking mechanism, which is common on most phones these days.

You get two cameras on the rear. The primary 12MP camera has a Sony IMX363 sensor coupled with a f/1.8 aperture, 24mm lens. It is supported by a Softlight LED flash. The secondary camera on the rear is an 8MP unit with an f/2.2 aperture 12mm lens. The front camera is another 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. There is a 3-axis EIS available for the front camera and the rear cameras. 

The phones come with an expandable slot which supports a microSD card up to 2TB of storage capacity. Both the phones weigh the same at 155g. There is a fingerprint scanner on the rear, which can unlock your phone in under 0.3 seconds and can also recognise your damp finger. According to NDTV Gadgets, Asus is playing up the audio capabilities of the phones. The phones apparently come with dual 5-magnet speakers with dual NXP smart amplifiers and a PMIC internal dual amplifier. There are three internal microphones with noise reduction, Hi-Res Audio (192KHz/ 24-bit standard audio output on HRA certified earbuds) support, as well as DTS Headphone: X support. 

The phones support 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth v5.0, and come with USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Availability and prices

The masterstroke of the new ZenFone 5 range of smartphones is the pricing. Asus has priced the ZenFone 5Z for as low as 479 euros (approx. Rs 38,000) for the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. The prices for the other SKUs and the ZenFone 5 are not known yet, though. The ZenFone 5 will be available in April and the ZenFone 5Z will be available in June.

What do you think about the new Asus phones? Will you buy one? Let us know in the comments section below. Stay tuned to  Mr. Phone and download our app to get the latest updates from the world of smartphone technology.

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When Ershad isn't writing, he spends time killing virtual zombies on his PS4. Having worked with a slew of renowned publications like PCWorld, Channelworld, CIO, NDTV Gadgets (now Gadgets360), MySmartPrice, The Inquistr, and 91Mobiles, Ershad brings a whole world of experience to Mr. Phone. He is trying hard to convert all the team members into Apple fans but is facing a lot of resistance. Is anyone willing to help?