Asus unveils 3 new Zenfone 5 models

01 March, 2018, 13:04 | Author: Lynette Payne
  • All about ASUS's Zen Fone Max

This is what we have seen powering top-end phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9, so you can expect faster performance from the 5Z if you're looking for a powerhouse of a device. It's not technically the same phone, but design-wise, there's no difference.

But it seems like the new Asus ZenFone 5Z will be a real bargain compared to the Apple device - it costs just £499.99. Similarly, Asus has not revealed the pricing of the Asus ZenFone 5 and Asus ZenFone 5 Lite. ASUS says there is an AI engine and a feature called AI boost which is just marketing for processor and software optimizations.

I'll give Asus this: LG is doing similar things with the camera the V30S that they call "AI" too, so I guess the ZenFone 5 can say it has an AI-powered camera and get away with it. This allows the phone to manage not only apps, but battery life as well. The display is 6.2-inch Super IPS LCD panel and it comes with an 19:9 aspect ratio with Full HD+ (2246 X 1080p) resolution.

During a pre-briefing in Barcelona, an Asus rep brushed aside inevitable questions about copying Apple.

When the status bar is black, the notch becomes effectively invisible, but it eats up some of the space normally used to display notifications and status icons.

The smartphone expected to be Asus ZenFone 5 bears a model name of X00PD. The internal memory is 128 or 64GB. Asus makes it up with the use of either 4 or 6 GB RAM, which is more than many flagships. The device will also come with a built-in speaker system which will ensure you hear everything loud and clear. The storage is fixed at 32GB/64GB and it is expandable via microSD card slot, it comes with a dedicated microSD card slot other than the dual SIM slots.

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The smartphone comes with a rear-facing fingerprint sensor and also supports Face Unlock. It will come with DTS Headphone:X from Asus for an immersive audio experience. The Zenfone 5's camera is capable of shooting 4K UHD video at 60 fps, while managing 1080p quality video at 30/60 fps.

The ZenFone 5Z is priced at €479, or £499.99 in the United Kingdom for the 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM version, Asus said. Both versions have 64 GB of storage. For selfies, the Zenfone 5 Lite sports a 20MP primary sensor and wide-angle secondary sensor. There's also a second camera working alongside that for when you want to take wide-angle shots.

Some of the AI based camera features include the following.

The Zenfone 5 Lite has a 3,300 mAh battery that charges via microUSB, NFC, an FM radio, and 2.5D curved glass both on the front and the back. The smartphone uses Micro-USB port for charging and data syncing. Notches everywhere. And Asus' latest devices, the ZenFone 5 family - well, it follows that trend. The second variant is powered by the Snapdragon 630 SoC with Adreno 505 GPU. The former comes in 4GB or 6GB RAM variant with 64GB inbuilt storage, while the latter only comes with 8GB RAM in tow along with 256GB inbuilt storage, the report said. The new phones are the ZenFone 5Z, the ZenFone 5, the ZenFone 5Q (or 5 Lite in some markets) and the Max Plus M1.

The top-of-the-range Zenfone 5Z will be available with a choice of 4, 6 or 8 GB RAM and 64, 128 or 256 GB storage.


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