Asus ZenFone 5 hands-on review

All about ASUS's Zen Fone Max

The new Asus Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z smartphones have mimicked Apple's curious "notch" design quirk. The ZenFone 5Z and the ZenFone 5 come with ASUS BoostMaster Fast charging technology and the company goes a step ahead in introducing the revolutionary AI charging to maximize the battery lifespan and provide an overall better experience.

The first thing you will realize as soon as you pick up the Zenfone 5 is that it's an unapologetic ripoff of Apple's iPhone X right from the rounded corners to the notch to the camera placements. Furthermore, the display offers a high 18:9 screen ratio and 500 tits alongside full DCI-P3 coverage.

The Asus ZenFone Max (M1) (ZB555KL) sports dual-rear camera setup, with a 13-megapixel primary sensor coupled with a f/2.0 aperture, dual-LED flash, and PDAF. The phone comes with a dual-SIM functionality to run multiple SIM cards. The exact pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed, Asus will release the Zenfone 5 Lite next month. Asus makes use of artificial intelligence in its camera software, where it is automatically able to recognize the image content in the photo gallery, and also optimize game performance.

Trying to justify this controversial design decision, Asus representatives told media gathered at a pre-briefing yesterday that it's just a matter of giving customers what they want. It's placed a fingerprint sensor at the back too, so that's one area in which it has an advantage over the iPhone X. There is another version also with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The device will sport a dedicated microSD card slot.

Other specifications of the Asus Zenfone 5Z are 12MP +12MP rear camera with 1.4µm pixel size. But if the features operate in the way that Asus is claiming, then the ZenFone 5 could carve a unique place for itself in the mid-range market, where now camera performance is still very hit-and-miss.

On stage, Asus addressed the notch on the 6.2-inch Zenfone 5, saying it has advantages over Apple's iPhone X, but did not explicitly the company's name on stage.

Asus didn't say anything about battery life, but did note that all three Zenfone varieties have a 3300-mAh battery.

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As for the battery, both the Zenfone 5 and the 5Z use a 3300mAh battery.

There's a 16MP sensor at the rear and a 20MP Sony shooter up front, both accompanied by a 120-degree wide-angle camera which works independently to provide a 200% wider view.

The new handsets are the latest installment of Asus' ever popular Zenfone line, noted for its good quality Android handsets available at generally affordable prices. The smartphone - ZenFone Max (M1) will either be powered by Snapdragon 430 or Snapdragon 425 chipset. The front of the phone features a large 6-inch Full HD+ display having a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The former uses a Qualcomm Adreno 505 GPU, while the latter has an Adreno 308.

Alongside is a 120 degree wide angle lens that Asus says can fit twice as photo as a standard smartphone camera. The phone also holds a solution if you're anxious about overheating from heavy use, with four 0.06mm thick carbon fiber cooling pads that reduce the heat from the Snapdragon 845. This is going to be the entry-level model in the Zenfone 5 family.

That's a low price for a lot of phone. Again, they are admitting to blatantly copying Apple's newest flagship phone. It ships with Android Nougat and not Oreo as some might have been expecting.

The other specs and features are same as the original ZenFone 5Z smartphone.

The Asus ZenFone 5 will be available in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver starting from April 2018.

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