Asus Zenfone 5z review

Asus Zenfone 5z review

Finally a proper competition for the Oneplus6

ModelAsus Zenfone 5Z
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 845

2.48 GHz

RAM6/8 GB
Storage64/128/256 GB

Micro sd expansion via hybrid slot (Expandable up to 2TB)

Display6.2 inch

FHD+

2246*1080p

IPS LCD panel

CamerasRear:12(sony IMX 363 f 1.8 w/ OIS & EIS) +  8 mp dual camera

Front: 8mp f2.0

Battery3300 mAh
Price29999(6/64 gb)

32999(6/128 gb)

36999(8/256 gb)

For years Asus as a phone maker in India was kind of in a hit or miss situation. I mean…..did anybody knew the release of the Zenfone 4 last year or the Zenfone 3 lineup the year prior?????? But now due to the lights of Xiaomi and Oneplus offering bang-on value for money devices, Asus realized the potential that the Indian market has. This year though…..Asus came back with a bang with the release of the new Zenfone max pro m1 a solid if not no brainer under 13000 rupees (review coming soon). Recently Asus decided to knock out  Oneplus with their release of their flagship the Zenfone 5z. Have Asus succeeded?????? Let’s find out………..

 

Asus Zenfone 5z review

Design

 

Taking a first glance at the phone…… it is clear not to see that Asus has gotten at least some inspiration from the iphone X well…….at least from the front that is. With a notch and thin side bezels it is hard not to compare with the iphone X. But still, this is an android phone. So we are not comparing.

The back is where Asus really stands out. With a glass sandwich design and Asus’s signature Zenfone concentric rings, that give out a cool effect, certainly this is a no holds barred flagship when it comes to design.

The Zenfone 5z offers a complete set of i/o when it comes to phones. They are all located in the bottom. A USB type c with fast charge support, a speaker grille mic and unlike the trend in 2018 phones there is a headphone jack! It is also worth mentioning that the earpiece also doubles as the secondary speaker. Which gives it a huge advantage in the audio department.

Display

 

The Zenfone 5z offers a 6.2 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and with a notch up top (Clearly not copying the iphone X!!!!!!) Asus claims to have a 84% screen to body ratio with this design. Though not an AMOLED panel, the screen is surprisingly vibrant contrast and saturation are on point, and the screen gets quite bright. So daytime visibility is not an issue.

Internals

This is where Asus hits the bull’s-eye. With the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, The Zenfone 5z is the cheapest phone with a Snapdragon 845 SoC. With 6/8 gigabytes of ram backing up, performance is certainly not an issue. Apps loaded fast and ZenUI felt very smooth. With only a 1080p display to drive, gaming and other graphically intensive tasks are certainly not an issue. Plus, With hardware level AI capabilities, The Zenfone will also stay fast.

Cameras

The dual camera setup in the 5z consists of a primary 12mp f1.8 sensor and a secondary 8mp wide-angle sensor. Asus also boasts a ton of AI capabilities with this camera. The software is surprisingly easy to use and provides with a lot of options.

As far as taking pictures, we left it in auto mode and AI scene detection kicked in when framing a photo.

As far as the pictures are concerned, they are pretty good. Focus was fast and it was quick to apply the HDR mode where necessary. The photos had good amount of detail and objects from the distance were still recognisable. Portrait mode also worked well.

During low light the phone automatically slows the shutter and deploys HDR where necessary thus resulting in bright photos and less noise. The 8 mp selfie camera was also good and portrait effect was also good.

As far as video, the 5z can shoot at 4k 6fpswith the back and 1080p with the front. There is EIS for all cameras and the 12mp primary has OIS as well. The highlight is that there is no time cap for recording 4k videos.

 

 

Asus Zenfone 5z review

Battery

The Zenfone 5z boasts a 3300 mAh battery and battery life was above average. With the flagship grade internals, the phone lasted well through the day. Mostly due to the AI capabilities Zen UI has on top of android 8.0 oreo. With quick charge support and Asus’s AI charge, which prevents the battery from overcharging, battery life is certainly good.

 

Conclusion

For a base price of Rs 29999 /- The Zenfone 5z is absolutely a no brainer if you are looking for a phone in the sub 30k price segment.

Asus Zenfone 5z review

Great build, top-of-the-line internals, good cameras, good battery life are all the things we need to recommend the Zenfone 5z. This is certainly a punch to the face for Oneplus and Xiaomi.

 

Anand
Anand

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