Asus ZenFone 5Z is powered by the Snapdragon 845, priced below $500


Except for the processor, the ZenFone 5 (which runs in Qualcomm Snapdragon 636) and ZenFone 5Z (which runs on the more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845) have nearly similar specs and thin bezel design with an iPhone X like notch at the top of the screen.

This is the flagship phone in the Zenfone 5 series.

The Zenfone 5 Lite is an exciting device but the Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5z are the real stars of ASUS' announcement. The ZenFone 5 and 5Z's rear cameras, which also strongly resemble the iPhone X's design language, feature a 12MP sensor and a secondary 120-degree wide-angle lens.

Asus also knew it would get a lot of backlash for the resemblance to the iPhone X, but that didn't stop them.

The device sports a dual camera setup on the back, and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, while thin bezels are also a part of the package. The firm has equipped the phones with a feature called "AI Display" that, much like Apple's True Tone, automatically adjusts the colour temperature.

The new Asus Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z smartphones have mimicked Apple's curious "notch" design quirk. Asus said the 18:9, 6.2-inch screen takes up 90 percent of the devices' front panel.

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On the front is Asus's excellent 19:9 display.

For a smartphone with a 6.2-inch display, the ZenFone 5/5Z is fairly compact. This is aided by the 8GB RAM that the device comes with, internal storage on the device is a massive 256GB and the ZenFone 5Z delivers the best in terms of accelerated AI experience using the SoC hardware acceleration.

Without knowing the price we can't fully determine whether this will be one of the best handsets of the year, but we hope to find out and get one for a full review soon.

Asus claims the 5Z's camera can instantly focus on a subject in any lighting situation with its dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus, which the company says can lock onto a subject in 0.03 seconds. Around back are a 16MP camera and a 120-degree wide-angle camera. On the front, the smartphone comes packed with an 8-megapixel resolution coupled with an f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree field of view. 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. It has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS and USB Type-C (2.0) connectivity. The downside, at least for the ZenFone 5 Lite and 5, is that they will charge over microUSB. Nonetheless, ZenFone 5's processor is paired with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB internal storage space which can be expanded up to 2TB.

Android Oreo with ZenUI. If you can not afford the iPhone X, consider the options of Zenfone 5 series. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Oreo update planned for Q3 2018. The ZenFone 5z, similar in all aspects to the ZenFone 5 save for significant spec bumps, comes packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip with up to 8 GB of RAM and a 3,300 mAh battery. As of yet there is no clear information on which model will hit the Indian shores. The primary difference between the ZenFone 5 Lite and the higher-end ZenFone 5 and 5z is the fact that it's got dual cameras on both the back and the front, complete with a front-facing flash. It will be available in Rouge Red, Moonlight White, and Midnight Black.