Heavily backed by AI from ringtone to display and cameras, the new Asus ZenFone 5 lineup is all about making the most out of machine learning. In our extensive #GTUMWC2018 coverage, we got our hands on the device and here is our initial impression and hands-on of the newly launched Asus ZenFone 5Z.
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Asus ZenFone 5Z Full Specifications
|Key Specifications||Asus ZenFone 5Z|
|Screen Resolution||Full HD+ with 19:9 aspect ratio|
|Operating System||Android 8.0 Oreo backed by ZenUI 5|
|Expandable Storage||Yes, up to 2TB|
|Primary Camera||12MP + 8MP Dual Sony IMX363 sensors with f/1.8 aperture|
|Secondary Camera||8MPP with 84-degree wide-angle lens|
|Sim Card Type||Dual Nano-SIM|
|Price||Starting at 479 Euros (Roughly Rs. 38,500)|
Asus ZenFone 5Z Physical Overview
Starting with the display, the Asus ZenFone 5Z gets a similar iPhone X-like notch at the top. However, it is a more compact notch and Asus explains it to be more functional. Thanks to the taller 19:9 aspect ratio, you can view 18:9 content without any cropping from the notch. The top of the display fits the sensors along with the front-facing camera.
At the back of the device, there is a shiny warping finish with Asus branding towards the centre. The rear cameras are vertically aligned at the top left corner while the fingerprint sensor sits around the centre at the back. The phone has significantly toned down bezels and promises to fit a 6.2-inch display in a 5.5-inch phone’s footprint.
Asus ZenFone 5Z Unique Selling Points
Inspired by the Apple flagship, the Asus ZenFone 5Z takes the design more seriously with refinements in the notch and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The toned down bezel and a good 90% screen-to-body ratio gives the phone premium looks.
Judging by the looks of the device, design is clearly one of the major factors to buy an Asus ZenFone 5Z. One can consider the shiny back and good looks without any compromise on functionality as the fingerprint sensor is still in tact.
While AI is making its way to all the phone now, the ZenFone lineup is taking it a notch up. With smart features like AI ringtone and AI display, the phone makes day-to-day usage easier. For example, the device can set the ringtone volume according to the ambient noise.
AI being the key factor here, the ZenUI 5 is also AI backed and learns from the user directly. The cameras and display also come with artificial intelligence features and the battery management is also done using AI which is good.
Asus ZenFone 5Z – Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How is the display of Asus ZenFone 5Z?
Answer: The Asus ZenFone 5Z comes with a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio and a 90% screen-to-body ratio.
Question: What is the Android version runs on Asus ZenFone 5Z?
Answer: The device is running Android 8.0 Oreo with ZenUI 5.
Question: Which is the processor powering the Asus ZenFone 5Z?
Answer: The ZenFone 5Z is equipped with an octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor.
Question: What is the RAM and storage on the device?
Answer: The ZenFone 5Z comes with 3 RAM and storage variants i.e. 4GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB.
Question: What is battery capacity on the device?
Answer: The Asus ZenFone 5Z comes with a 3,300 mAh non-removable battery with Boost Master fast charging and AI battery management.
Question: What are the other connectivity options on the phone?
Answer: The phone is a Dual SIM 4G VoLTE device with Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, NFC and a USB Type-C port as some of the connectivity options
Question: What are the colour options for the Asus ZenFone 5Z?
Answer: The device comes in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver colours.
Asus ZenFone 5Z- Things we like
- Artificial Intelligence implementation
Asus ZenFone 5Z- Things we dislike
- No wireless charging
- Only 2 colour options
The Asus ZenFone 5Z is the company’s attempt to cash in the AI revolution that is currently underway. With Artificial intelligence implemented in the entire phone, the device can make optimal use of your surroundings and learn from you. From what Asus has presented, we can say that the phone can be personalised to a large extent.
With a decent price tag, the Asus ZenFone 5Z gives a tough competition to the other flagships launched at the #MWC2018.