ASUS announces the ZenFone 5 series with an iPhone X lookalike flagship

ASUS announces the ZenFone 5 series with an iPhone X lookalike flagship

ASUS announces the ZenFone 5 series with an iPhone X lookalike flagship

Asus also announced a new Zenfone 5 smartphone at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona.

The Asus ZenFone 5 is similar to the ZenFone 5Z. Although we do not have precise dimensions, so we have to take Asus' word for it, the company did say that the Zenfone 5z and Zenfone 5 will weigh 163g and 155g, respectively.

The Zenfone 5 is a stunning looking phone, but when we first saw it we thought it was an iPhone X. Whether that's an issue, is up to you. The ZenFone 5Z and the ZenFone 5 have been built with the best of premium materials and have an extremely slim bezel which gives the device an all-screen design increasing the screen-to-body ratio to its ultimate potential of 90%. It runs Android Nougat-based ZenUI 4.0. In fact, the only difference between the two devices is processing power. Nonetheless, ZenFone 5's processor is paired with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB internal storage space which can be expanded up to 2TB.

It comes equipped with a dual camera setup. One will be a standard 20MP sensor while the other has a 120-degree wide-angle lens. The fingerprint sensor is positioned at the back below the camera lens.

The device features nearly all types of Connectivity options such as 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, USB Type-C, and 3.5mm headphone jack. For the battery, ZenFone 5Z has a 3,300mAh one on board with the company's proprietary "BoostMaster" fast-charge technology. The OS as well as the processor are quite efficient, both of which make the most out of the 3300mAh battery unit fitted inside the phone. Pricing and availability of the smartphones haven't been revealed as yet. Well, wonder no more because ZenFone 5 is here.

But it's unfortunate that Asus wasn't able to bring the 5Z to MWC. The smartphone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with the ZenUI 5.0 on top. It has an improved Adreno 509 GPU for better graphical performance. The Zenfone 5Z comes in 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage variants.

Other than these, details are scarce about the other variants of the Zenfone 5 series. The press invite also has "We love Photo" which indicates that camera will be an area of focus for the Asus ZenFone 5 series.

It's the same size as previous 5.5-inch Asus devices, so it really doesn't feel like a large screen device.

The Asus Zenfone 5Z comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB on-board storage. There's a second version of the Zenfone 5 lite with a Snapdragon 430, too.

Apart from this, the Asus ZenFone 5 Lite has a couple of more variants with its RAM and Storage Memory option. There are three slots once again - 2 SIM card slots and a microSD slot.

ZenFone 5 has a dual-camera system and is powered by the latest Snapdragon 636 mobile platform. This phone has 16 megapixel rear camera and a secondary 8 MP unit. According to the company, each camera works independently every time for flawless selfies, wefies, landscapes, portraits or groups shots. 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 rear cameras also support 1080p FHD video recording at 30 frames per second and 120-degree wide-angle video. They can record full HD videos as well.

The ZenFone 5Z supports dual 4G LTE SIMs with Dual SIM, and Dual VoLTE as well. The lineup ranges from flagships to a budget device with a high capacity battery. There's a feature called Face Unlock, but there's a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. If Asus' claim that the screen covers the full DCI-P3 DC colour gamut is to be believed, it will also be one of a select few phones with accurate enough colour representation for detailed photo touch-up work.

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