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MWC 2018: Asus ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5z and Zenfone 5 Lite Launched

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On Tuesday at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, Asus finally unveiled its ZenFone 5 Series smartphones. Asus announced ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL), Asus ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL) and Zenfone 5 Lite (ZC600KL). The Zenfone 5Z will be the flagship device for Asus in 2018. The devices offer AI-enabled features, “all-screen” 18:9 displays with a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, and features dual camera setup. In addition, ZeniMoji is also given similar to the Apple’s animoji feature. Now talking about Apple, the new design language of Zenfone 5z and 5 is heavily inspired by Apple iPhone X. Asus is already facing criticism for this controversial iPhone X-like design choice. However, the Asus Zenfone 5 and 5Z is probably the best looking iPhone X clone which runs on Android.

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Jerry Shen, Asus CEO said: 

“We embarked on the ZenFone project four years ago with the idea to create empowering luxury for everyone to enjoy.”

“Today, the ZenFone 5 Series is the most intelligent ZenFone series ever, utilizing advanced AI algorithms and big-data analytics to provide users with a unique slate of intelligent camera, communication, and convenience features.”

Asus ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL)

Firstly, let’s talk about the Zenfone 5Z which will be the flagship device for Asus this year. It sports a 6.2-inch Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass Super IPS display with 500 nits Brightness. while, 19:9 aspect ratio makes it even taller than the 18.5:9 ratio on the Galaxy S-Series, but not as tall as the iPhone X‘s 19.5:9. Asus Zenfone 5Z is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 SoC with enhanced AI capabilities. It comes with various RAM and storage options and  It runs on Android Oreo with Asus’s latest ZenUI 5.0 on top. Now let’s quickly move to the Complete Specification to have a deeper look inside.

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Asus ZenFone 5Z Specification:

DisplaySuper IPS 6.2-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) (402 PPI) 19:9 2.5D curved glass  display with 500 nits Brightness, 95.4% NTSC color gamut, DCI-P3, 1500: 1 Contrast Ratio, Glove Touch support with Corning Gorilla Glass protection
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa Core (4x2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) coupled with Adreno 630
OSAndroid 8.0 (Oreo) with ZenUI 5.0, upgradable to Android P
RAM and Storage4GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB  storage, 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 128GB  storage, 8GB LPDDR4x RAM with 256GB storage
Expandable StorageExpandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
Rear CameraDual 12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor (f/1.8, 24 mm, 1/2.55", 1.4 µm, PDAF) + 8 MP 120-degree wide-angle lens (f/2.0, 12 mm, 1/4", 1.12 µm), phase detection autofocus, 3-axis EIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Video Recording2160p@60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps
Front Camera8 MP Front camera with 83-degree wide-angle lens (f/2.0, 24 mm, 1/4", 1.12 µm), 3-axis EIS, 1080p video recording
Audio3.5mm audio jack and Dual speakers with NXP 9874 Smart AMP, Hi-Res Audio 192kHz/24b-bit, DTS Headphone: X for 7.1 channel surround sound, dual microphones
Sim SlotsHybrid Dual SIM with Dual 4G VoLTE
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C (2.0)
SensorsFace unlock, Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery with ASUS BoostMaster fast charging ( 9V/2A 18W) and AI charging

Asus Zenfone 5 (ZE620KL)

Now coming to Asus Zenfone 5, this is where it started to be more interesting. The Asus Zenfone 5 specifications are identical to Zenfone 5Z except for the Processor. In this device, Asus Used Snapdragon 636 and it is the only major difference between Asus Zenfone 5 and 5Z. Earlier Xiaomi launched Redmi Note 5 Pro with Snapdragon 636 but with some limitations. In the case Of Zenfone 5, the Snapdragon 636 will work on full potential. SD 636 is an amazing SoC which offers Excellent battery life and performance and it also features AI support. If Asus is smart enough to price it properly then it will be the perfect Midrange device.

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Asus Zenfone 5 Lite (ZC600KL)

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Asus Zenfone 5 Lite Specification:

DisplayIPS LCD 6-inch (2160 × 1080 pixels) (402 PPI density)18:9 2.5D curved glass display
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 630 14nm (Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53) with Adreno 508 /Snapdragon 430 28nm (Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53) with Adreno 505
RAM and Storage3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB storage
Expandable StorageExpandable memory up to 2TB with microSD (dedicated slot)
OSAndroid 7.0 (Nougat) with Zen UI 4.0, upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo) with Zen UI 5.0
Rear CameraDual 16MP rear camera with LED flash, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, 3-axis EIS + 8MP secondary 120-degree wide-angle camera, 4K Video recording (Snapdragon 630)
Secondary CameraDual 20MP front camera with soft LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, Sony IMX376 sensor,  3-axis EIS + 8MP secondary 120-degree wide-angle camera
SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz) (SD630) / WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (SD430), Dual SIM 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery

Price and Availability:

The Asus Zenfone 5Z will be available in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver colors. The price starts at 479 Euros (US 585.33$ / Rs. 38179 approx.) and will be available from June. Asus Zenfone 5 will come in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver colors and will roll out from April. Lastly, Asus Zenfone 5 Lite will come in Midnight Black, Rouge Red, and Moonlight White colors and will be available from March. However, the pricing of Asus Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5 Lite is still unknown. We hope that Asus will bring these devices to India with reasonable price tags otherwise Zenfone 5 Series will meet the same fate as the Zenfone 4 Series.

Also, have a look at Samsung Galaxy S9 Launched: Everything you need to know


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