It is not known that Asus planned to present the ZenFone 5 series at the MWC 2018 or the smartphones from the ZenFone 4 line from the very beginning. They were sold so badly that they needed to be replaced with new models quickly (they were only about six months since they were released). But the fact is that in Barcelona, the Taiwanese introduced three new models: ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5Z and ZenFone 5 Lite.
Model Asus ZenFone 5. What is it equipped with?
The smartphone is equipped with an IPS display with a diagonal of 6.2 inches with a 19: 9 aspect ratio and a Full HD + resolution, that is, 2280 × 1080 pixels (407 ppi). The screen has a blue light filter, and a cutout at the top. The heart of the device is an 8-core (8x Kryo 260; 14-nm) Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 1.8 GHz processor with an Adreno 509 graphics chip. In addition, it also has 64 GB of internal memory, expandable with a microSD card (up to 2 TB ) and – depending on the version – 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM.
On the back of the ZenFone 5 is a dual main camera. The first lens is Sony IMX363 with a resolution of 12 megapixels, aperture f / 1.8, a viewing angle of 83 °, it is able to recognize 16 different scenarios, and also record video in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. The second lens is wide-angle with a viewing angle of 120 °. In front you will find a single 8 Mp camera with f / 2.0, a viewing angle of 84 °. Both cameras boast 3-axis Electronic Image Stabilization when recording video. In addition, the smartphone received two speakers with two smart NXP amplifiers.
ZenFone 5 offers the following communication modules: Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, LTE, NFC, GPS, A-GPS and Glonass, as well as 3.5 mm headphone jack and USB port Type C Of course, the manufacturer also did not forget about the fingerprint scanner (it’s on the back), FM radio and two SIM cards (hybrid: 2x nano SIM or nano-SIM + microSD). The smartphone runs Android Oreo operating system with ZenUI 5.0 interface and is powered by a 3300 mAh battery. The whole device weighs 155 grams. The front part is protected by a 2.5D glass. Two color options will be available for sale: blue and silver.
In the end, an interesting fact: Asus also created their Animoji and named them ZeniMoji.
Asus ZenFone 5Z – how is it different?
According to the specification, this model is almost the same as the Asus ZenFone 5. The biggest difference is the used processor, because in this smartphone there is an 8-core (8x Kryo 385; 10 nm) Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with an Adreno 630 graphics chip. several configurations, the best of which will offer 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory (also with the ability to expand using a microSD memory card with a maximum capacity of 2 TB). Other versions: 4 GB / 64 GB and 6 GB / 128 GB.
Asus ZenFone 5 Lite. What is this model?
This smartphone is equipped with an IPS display with a diagonal of 6 inches, a ratio of 18: 9 (2: 1) and a resolution of Full HD +, that is 2160 × 1080 pixels, and their density is 402 ppi. The heart of the device is eight core (8x ARM Cortex-A53, 14-nm) Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 2.2 GHz processor with Adreno 508. The proposal will also include a model with 8-core (8x ARM Cortex-A53, 28 nm) chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz with Adreno 505. This equipment, depending on the configuration, will also offer 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB or 64 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with a microSD card with a maximum capacity of 2 TB.
On the back of the ZenFone 5 Lite also has a dual main camera. The first lens has a resolution of 16 megapixels, aperture f / 2.2, PDAF and a viewing angle of 80 °. In the version with Snapdragonem 630 it can also record video in 4K. The second eye is a wide-angle lens with a viewing angle of 120 °. A double module is also used on the front. The main lens has 20 megapixels, f / 2.0 and uses the Sony IMX376 matrix, and the second lens is also wide-angle with a field of view of 120 °.
Communication in ZenFone 5 Lite provides the following modules: Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 GHz (version with Snapdragonem 630) or 802.11 b / g / n 2.4 GHz (model with Snapdragonem 430), LTE, NFC, GPS, A-GPS and Glonass, as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microUSB port. There is also a fingerprint reader (rear), FM radio and a hybrid Dual SIM (2x nano SIM or nano-SIM + microSD).
Asus ZenFone 5 Lite runs under the operating system Android Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 interface and is powered by a 3300 mAh battery. The device weighs 168 grams. The manufacturer boasts that the thickness of the frame is only 1.79 mm. At the front is glass 2.5 D. The smartphone will be available in three color variations: black, white and red.
Prices and start of sales:
- Asus ZenFone 5 Lite – on sale since March 2018.
- Asus ZenFone 5 – on sale since April 2018.
- Asus ZenFone 5Z – 479 euros for the version with 4 GB / 64 GB; on sale since June 2018.