MWC 2018: Asus Zenfone 5, Zenfone 5z and Zenfone 5 Lite Unveiled

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Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer Asus rocked the MWC 2018 with the announcement of Zenfone 5 series. The Zenfone 5 (first impression) and Zenfone 5z 2018 embraces all the modern traits including an iPhone X like notch. The USP of the phone will be its Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE), Cameras, display, and performance.

Asus Zenfone 5 and 5Z Features

The biggest talking both these Asus Zenfone 5 series phones is going to be iPhone X like notch. The phone comes with 19:9 aspect ratio 6.2-inch full HD+ display with 90 percent screen to body ratio. Both phones share the same exteriors and aesthetics. Asus has made the chassis using premium metal which has glass on the front and the rear.

The regular Zenfone 5 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 636 mobile processor with Artificial intelligence. The Asus Zenfone 5 top variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The Zenfone 5Z, on the other hand, employs Qualcomm’s flagship chip- Snapdragon 845 chipset with Kryo 385 cores, Hexagon 685 Vector DSP, Adreno 630 Graphics, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Asus is likely to offer a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option. The Zenfone 5Z comes with dual SIMs with active standby, 4G LTE on both SIMs.

Optics on both the devices are identical. Asus uses a 13-megapixel Sony IMX363 image sensor along with 8-megapixel f/2.2 aperture, 120-degree with large 1.4µm pixels and f/1.8 wide-aperture in both the phones. Asus has also added a three-axis electronic image stabilization (EIS), dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) system and a 4-axis optical image stabilization in the camera of the Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5z.

Both phones come with dual speakers with dual smart amplifiers, supports Hi-Res Audio and DTS Headphone:X ™ for 7.1-channel virtual surround-sound. They also support face unlock, fingerprint sensor, AI-powered fast charging for 3300mAh battery. Both devices come running on Android Oreo out-of-the-box.

Asus Zenfone 5 Release Date and price

  • It will be launched sometime in April 2018.
  • It starting price is set at euro 479.

Asus Zenfone 5z Release Date and Price

  • It will be launched in June 2018. Prices are yet to be announced.

Also Read: MediaTek Launches Helio P60 For Mid-range Phones

Asus Zenfone 5 Lite

Asus also announced the Zenfone 5 Lite alongside the Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z. This too revolves around the camera. It comes with dual camera setup on both front and rear. In the selfie cameras setup, primary camera is a 20Megapixel Sony IMX 376 sensor.  On the rear side, it gets a 16MP primary sensor in the dual camera setup.

It comes with two variants the premium one gets a Snapdragon 630 chipset while the cheaper variant features Snapdragon 430 SoC.  It packs 3300mAh battery which can offer 24days standby time as claimed by the company. The phone also comes with face unlock feature. Asus is offering dedicated microSD card and dual SIM card support.

ASUS Zenfone 5Z (Z5620KL) specifications

  • 6.2-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass Super IPS display with 500 nits Brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 SoC with Adreno 509 GPU
  • 4GB / 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB  /128GB storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo) with ZenUI 5.0, upgradable to Android P
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) with Dual VoLTE
  • 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, Sony IMX363 sensor, Dual Pixel PDAF, 4-axis OIS/EIS, Pro mode with RAW support, secondary 8MP 120-degree wide-angle lens with f/2.0 aperture
  • 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, OV8856 sensor, 83-degree wide-angle lens
  • Fingerprint sensor (rear)
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Dual speakers with NXP 9874 Smart AMP, Hi-Res Audio 192kHz/24b-bit, DTS Headphone: X for 7.1 channel surround sound, dual microphones
  • Dimensions: 153×75.65×7.85mm; Weight: 155g
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C (2.0)
  • 3300mAh battery with ASUS BoostMaster fast charging and AI charging

ASUS Zenfone 5 (ZE620KL) specifications

  • 6.2-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass Super IPS display with 500 nits Brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 SoC with Adreno 509 GPU
  • 4GB / 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB  /128GB storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo) with ZenUI 5.0, upgradable to Android P
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) with Dual VoLTE
  • 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, Sony IMX363 sensor, Dual Pixel PDAF, 4-axis OIS/EIS, Pro mode with RAW support, secondary 8MP 120-degree wide-angle lens with f/2.0 aperture
  • 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, OV8856 sensor, 83-degree wide-angle lens
  • Fingerprint sensor (rear)
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Dual speakers with NXP 9874 Smart AMP, Hi-Res Audio 192kHz/24b-bit, DTS Headphone: X for 7.1 channel surround sound, dual microphones
  • Dimensions: 153×75.65×7.85mm; Weight: 155g
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C (2.0)
  • 3300mAh battery with ASUS BoostMaster fast charging and AI charging

ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite specifications

  • 6-inch (2160 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+, 18:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D curved glass display
  • 2.2 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 630 SoC with Adreno 508 GPU / Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC with Adreno 505 GPU
  • 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
  • Dedicated Dual SIM
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) with Zen UI 4.0, upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo) with Zen UI 5.0
  • 16MP rear camera with LED flash, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, 3-axis EIS, 4K Video recording (only in SD630 model)
  • 20MP selfie camera with soft LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, Sony IMX376 sensor,  3-axis EIS, secondary 120-degree wide-angle camera
  • Rear Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 160.62×76.16×7.8mm;Weight: 168.3g
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack, FM Radio
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz) (SD630) / WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (SD430), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC
  • 3300mAh battery

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Last Updated on February 28, 2018.

Deepak RajawatDeepak Rajawat
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