Asus Unveiled Three New Phones in its Zenfone 5 Series

01 March, 2018, 12:54 | Author: Grady Montgomery
  • Asus ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5 Lite and ZenFone 5Z launched at MWC 2018

The dual-SIM smartphone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with Asus ZenUi 5.0 on top.

Asus didn't give exact dates for the new phones, but said that the Zenfone 5 Lite will come first in March. The phone features top-end specifications enclosed in an iPhone X inspired body.

The Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z are almost identical devices that differ only in processor and storage configuration. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's current most powerful chipset - the Snapdragon 845 paired with Adreno 630 GPU and Artificial Intelligence Engine. The phone will be made available in 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM and 8 GB RAM models with 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB storage respectively. No pricing information has been revealed.

LG's V30S ThinQSouth Korea's LG eschewed the notch for the all-screen model it introduced at MWC, the V30S ThinQ, where it also discussed a new smartphone strategy focusing on device audio, battery, camera and display.

The ZenFone 5 Lite is rather a simplified version of the phone. The device also includes features like - Face Unlock feature, and several real-time beautification features. Their so-called "AI Charging" tech also keeps the phone from charging to 100 percent overnight, which apparently extends longevity as well.

The phone comes with all the common connectivity options including Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC and USB Type-C. Talking about the cameras, there are total four camera sensors on this device. The 5 will come in three variants: the standard, the top-of-the-line 5Z, and the entry-level Lite.

Asus ZenFone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB Internal storage. The front and back are covered with curved glass, which has an nearly velvety coating, and you won't have to worry as much about getting your smartphone dirty with fingerprints, as this material is less susceptible to this than most glass smartphones.

And they both run on Google's Android OS, which is a rival to Apple's iOS software for the iPhone.

The phone comes in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver colors. The downside, at least for the ZenFone 5 Lite and 5, is that they will charge over microUSB. Moving on to the ZenFone Max (M1), the phone's 4000mAh battery and 5.5-inch 18:9 HD+ display are its top selling points. It ships with Android Nougat and not Oreo as some might have been expecting.

On the back of the ASUS ZenFone 5Z you will find two cameras, a 12-megapixel main snapper (Sony's IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 83-degree lens, 16-scene AI scene detection), and a secondary 120-degree wide-angle lens, though we're still not sure what sensor is included here, nor how many megapixels are we looking at, but we're presuming 12 as well.

The ZenFone 5Q comes with a dual front camera (20MP f/2.0 and a 120degree wide angled camera) and a dual rear camera setup with a 16MP main camera and a 120 degree wide angled secondary camera. 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. There's a feature called Face Unlock, but there's a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone.


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