Asus announce their iteration of the iPhone X notch

Doug Carpenter
March 1, 2018

Asus Zenfone 5Z, Zenfone 5 and the Zenfone 5 Lite were revealed earlier today at the ongoing Mobile World Congress. Asus is one of the first few Android smartphone makers to draw inspiration from Apple's notch design, with the Zenfone 5Z and the Zenfone 5 embracing the notch. While we still don't know what the bog-standard Zenfone 5 will cost when it launches in April, the Zenfone 5Z just might be the best value you'll find on a Snapdragon 845 machine.

The ZenFone 5Z uses a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage while the ZenFone 5 tones it down with a Snapdragon 636. It has a 6.2-inch full-HD+ (1080x2246 pixels) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio which makes quite taller than many phones but not as tall as iPhone X which has 19.5:9 ratio. The device comes with a 5.7-inch "full-view" display featuring an 18:9 aspect ratio and ultrathin bezels commanding an 80% screen-to-body ratio.

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 4 had a 16:9 5.5-inch display.

Among the many variations of dual-camera setups, Asus opted for a secondary wide-angle lens for the Zenfone 5. In its presentation, Asus remarked that you can use face recognition with the 8 MP front camera, or fingerprint recognition with the centrally-mounted sensor to unlock the device. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel sensor for clicking selfies and video calling. It will be available in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver colour variants. It will come in two processor variants: one with a Snapdragon 430 and the other with a Snapdragon 630.

You'll also get more storage here, with the base model of the Zenfone 5Z offering 128GB and the normal Zenfone 5 being restricted to just 64GB of space. They also include headphone jacks and MicroSD card slots.

On the software side of things, the Zenfone 5 Lite will run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box which will be layered with ZenUI 5.0 which is the company's freshly baked custom UI. The device runs on the latest Android Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 laid on top. A 3,300mAh non-removable battery is included inside of this smartphone and it is boosted by the ASUS BoostMaster and AI charging, says the company.

Now, as far as audio is concerned, the ZenFone 5Z sports two 5-magnet speakers with dual NXP smart amplifiers. There are 3 versions of the Asus Zenfone 5. The selfie camera is an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture and support for face unlock. At the rear, there is a horizontally-aligned dual rear camera setup on the top left corner and a circular fingerprint scanner which is positioned towards the center.

In MobileSyrup's brief hands-on time, we noted how premium the mid-range device felt and were impressed by the responsive camera, as well as the vibrant, clear quality of the pictures we took. In addition, it's also worked hard to add a load of AI features to the camera. The latter gives you the option to record 4K videos with the main rear camera and you also get support for the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band, whereas if you go with the SD430 you're limited to 1080p and 2.4GHz.

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