/ASUS ZenFone 5Z Review: A Flagship Killer to Challenge OnePlus 6

ASUS ZenFone 5Z Review: A Flagship Killer to Challenge OnePlus 6

ASUS ZenFone 5Z

ASUS, the Taiwanese Electronics giant, has created well thought smartphone, ZenFone 5Z, which is really redefining the flagships at the moment. The ZenFone 5Z is surely going to give a tough competition to various smartphone companies, especially OnePlus and its latest flagship OnePlus 6. The new ZenFone 5Z has been made available in three variants in terms of RAM and ROM. The model which we got has 6GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM while the other two variants are offering 6GB RAM and 128GB of ROM, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of ROM respectively.

Design

ASUS ZenFone 5Z design

The new ZenFone 5Z is a thing of beauty with tall, wide screen and a metallic rear panel reflecting light which is looking truly beautiful. The fingerprint sensor at the rear side is quite astonishing as well which is keeping the light which falls on it at its two sides and when you move the phone the light rays seems to move in a circular path. At the rear side you can also sport dual camera sensors placed vertically and below the cameras lies the LED flash. The phone is light weight as well and has curvy edges around the corner making the device easy o hold and operate for a long period of time. The phone has 2.5D glass at the back and the back, while the frame between these layers is made of aerospace grade aluminum. The front side of the phone is dominated by 6.2 inch screen and despite its big  display size the corners of the phones  could be easily reached and you don’t have to use both of your hands likes others phones with such big screen. Above the display lies the selfie camera of the phone and there is no front LED flash. The left side of the phone is sporting the hybrid SIM slot which can carry dial SIMs at a time or one SIM card and one microSd card. At the right side of the phone lies the power button and the volume rockers. The top side of the phone is blank while at the the bottom of the phone lies the USB Type-C port,  a 3.5mm headphone jack and a speaker grille.

Display

ASUS ZenFone 5Z display

The new ASUSZenfone 5Z sports an impressive FHD+ display size of 6.2 inch which offers great amount of space and the reason for this could be attributed to it 19:9 aspect ratio and90 percent screen to body ratio. The display has resolution of 1080×2246 pixels. The screen is bright and the colors are vivid and punchy. The display is providing enough space for you to have comfortable gaming experience with wide viewing angles or performing any task. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass which is shielding the screen from sustaining any damage.

Platform

The new ZenFone 5Z is having the latest and the most powerful processor which is usually available in the price range of 60K but,with ZenFone 5Z you get it in half the price which is a bonus and an advantage over highly priced smartphones. The processor on board is QualcommSDM845 octa-core processor with Artificial Intelligence Engine with eight cores. Amongst the eight cores fours are clocked at 2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold while the four are clocked at 1.7GHz Kryo 385 Silver. The processor is capable of handling any task and to remain completely at a stable phase. The processor lets you enjoy multitasking with ease without any lag and the effect of the processor could be felt while engaging in any task because the processor gives a comfortable and smooth feel of the display. Applications were launched without any issue and the processor could run any game and we tested it by playing NFS, Asphalt and the phone did not show any sign of problem like heating of sudden closure of the application. The RAM size is of 6GB which we already mentioned above and with such RAM no task is issue for the phone. The RAM and the processor have the perfect synchrony and helps in great performance of the phone. The internal storage of the phone is of 64GB and it could be further expanded upto 2TB with the help of microSD card.

The OS of the ZenFone 5Z is Android 8.0 Oreo and ZenUI on top. The AI capability of the phone is making the device very interesting with various intelligence features like it has AI charging, AI ringtone which determines the noise level around and set the volume of the ringtone accordingly and while testing this was found absolutely true because the phone do adjusts the ringtone volume in accordance with the surrounding.  The phone has face unlock feature as well which is enhancing the security level of the device and this feature has average performance capability.

Cameras

ASUS ZenFone 5Z selfie camera

TheZenFone 5Z has dual rear camera sensor of 12 Megapixel and 8 Megapixel respectively. The primary camera has an aperture of f/1.8 and PDAF while the secondary camera has an aperture of f/2.0. The rear camera has gyro EIS, dual tone LED flash as well. The rear camera is quick to focus and you get a switch to toggle between the two rear cameras as well.  The rear camera has various modes as well like Pro, Super resolution, Beauty, Slow motion, Panorama, Time lapse. The rear camera Is AI enables as well which does the thinking for you and has the capability of 16 scene detection. The camera has 1.4 micron meter pixel size, 0.03S dual pixel PDAF, RGB color correction sensor, 4K/UHD Video recording. The rear camera delivers astonishing images of superior quality with no lags. We did not find any noise and graining effect even when zooming in. The night shots are equally brilliant just like the daylight shots with no graining, and the camera focuses quickly even during night shots which makes the new ZenFone 5Z your perfect companion. The selfie camera of the phone is magnificent as well with 8MP and an aperture of f/2.0, EIS support, 84 degree FIV, real time beautification, and 365 facial points. The selfies captured are well detailed with no sign of any lag or disruption in the quality. The selfies captured at night are crystal clear as well and you won’t miss the absence of front LED flash because the screen flash emits enough light to brighten the surroundings to get an astonishing selfie. The camera of the ZenFone 5Z has AI built feature as well which could be seen in the form of AI scene detection and AI photo learning.

asus zenfone 5z rear camera

Battery

ASUS ZenFone 5Z battery

The battery capacity of the new ZenFone 5Z is of 3,300mAh and it does not get drained away easily and provides long hours of call, videos and net surfing on the go. The phone has AI intelligent fast charging as well boosting the charging speed. You can opt between performance, normal, power saving, super saving and a customized battery saver mode that lets you pick how exactly the phone optimizes the battery life. We did not find sign of heating up of the device while charging the device.

Conclusion

The ASUS ZenFone 5Z is truly a flagship killer. This is how a premium smartphone should be; loaded with features and lighter on price. The ZenFone 5Z gets a very efficient chipset performance, great sound output and vivid display. At Rs 29,999, ASUS ZenFone 5Z makes a good deal if you are not interested in OnePlus 6. ASUS seems clearly on track in India with its last two smartphones; Max Pro M1 and the latest ZenFone 5Z.

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Haider is an active writer in technology who loves to dwell deeper into new innovations. He holds a degree in English Journalism from the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). Besides that he likes to travel and explore new places.

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