MWC 2018: Asus introduces ZenFone 5Z, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5 Lite

by Leslie Wood March 2, 2018, 2:46
MWC 2018: Asus introduces ZenFone 5Z, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5 Lite

The special AI-enhanced features in the ZenFone 5Z adapt and learn the more they are used, delivering flawless photos every time and creating a truly personal experience for the user.

When the Apple iPhone X came out a year ago, we expected flagship smartphones from its rivals borrowing its design and offering it at affordable rates. Apart from that it has the same features as the Zenfone 5Z. And Asus is proud that their notch is smaller than the one present on the iPhone X. The display comes with curved edges, and the rear dual camera is also placed similarly as the iPhone X. 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 also announced a more compact 6-inch version of the ZenFone 5 called the ZenFone 5 Lite, although that won't be coming to the UK. For an instant blast of extra power the exclusive ASUS AI Boost - available on both ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z - optimizes performance for games and other demanding tasks, said the company in a press release. Asus says it will also rely on AI to ensure that the battery life of the phone is maximised.

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.

Asus on Tuesday launched its 2018 flagship ZenFone 5 series at the MWC conference in Barcelona, Spain. Without the notch, the display has 18:9 aspect ration, but with the notch, it goes to 19:9. While the Zenfone 5 Lite has a simpler design, the standard and 5Z models take obvious design cues from Apple's flagship handset.

The Asus ZenFone 5 will be available in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver starting from April 2018.

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The Asus Zenfone 5 Lite also features dual SIM card slots and also has ad amp fingerprint recognition positioned at the back for safety features. The cameras are accompanied by an LED flash, phase detection autofocus and have PixelMaster camera modes. The secondary sensor includes an 8-megapixel sensor coupled with an f/2.2 aperture and a 120-degree wide-angle lens. The ZenFone Max Plus M1, for example, is backed by a 4130mAh battery and is claimed to deliver up to 26 hours on standby time and up to 13 hours of video playback.

The Asus ZenFone 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor with eight 14nm cores, two of which are Qualcomm's custom Kryo cores. Rest of the specifications include a Snapdragon 845, 4/6/8GB RAM, 64/128/256GB of Internal storage which can be expended upto 2TB. At first glance, it seems the ZenFone 5 will follow in the strong photography-focused footsteps of its predecessor.

Bluetooth music listeners should have a fine audio experience with the Zenfone 5, as it supports Qualcomm AptX HD audio and Sony's LDAC.

The Zenfone 5 has a 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor with a F/1.8 aperture and an 83° FOV.

The device features a 6.2-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a 2246 x 1080 pixel resolution.

The Asus Zenfone 5 also has a 3,300mAh battery, which is a fairly typical size, but could stand out thanks to "AI Charging", which automatically adjusts the charging rate based on your charging habits, to help reduce battery wear - we'll let you know how well that works in our full review.

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