April 25, 2018

Asus Zenfone 5, lite and 5z announced at #MWC18

02 March 2018, 02:48 | Yvette Williams

Image Source Chris Smith BGR

Image Source Chris Smith BGR

Asus also launched the ZenFone 5Z, a higher-specced version for £499, and the 6-inch ZenFone 5 Lite. Taiwan's ASUS is one of the first ones to do that with its recently unveiled Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z - their flagship offerings for 2018. The phone also holds a solution if you're anxious about overheating from heavy use, with four 0.06mm thick carbon fiber cooling pads that reduce the heat from the Snapdragon 845. The ZenFone 5 Lite uses a 6-inch display with a 2160 x 1o80 pixel resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone comes running Android 8.0 Oreo, Asus Zen UI 5.0 running on top.

The Asus ZenFone 5Z and the ZenFone 5 come with the flagship Sony® IMX363 sensor which is a 120° wide-angle lens as the secondary camera and uses AI enhanced camera features for Auto Scene Detection, Real-time portrait mode, AI Photo Learning ability and real-time beautification of images. That's just shy of the iPhone X's 19.5:9 aspect ratio, but both screens appear to be almost as narrow as each other.

The ASUS ZenFone 5Z and the ZenFone 5 come with AI scene detection that harvests the power of AI to analyze the image and then compares it to one of 16 trained scene types to then optimize the camera settings for the best result.

The handset features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The ZenFone 5 Lite will start shipping March 2018 but there was no mention of price. The company didn't reveal the price of the other two models as of yet. At the rear, there is a horizontally-aligned dual rear camera setup on the top left corner and a circular fingerprint scanner which is positioned towards the center.

This phone uses a quad-cam setup with two front-facing sensors and two rear-facing selfie shooters. Up front, there's an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture for selfies. A 3300mAh battery completes the package. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v4.0, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This camera comes with facial recognition tech so you won't need to unlock your phone with a PIN or fingerprint scan. The downside, at least for the ZenFone 5 Lite and 5, is that they will charge over microUSB.

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The Zenfone 5 is powered by a newer midrange processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, with configurations of 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/64GB of storage.

And they both run on Google's Android OS, which is a rival to Apple's iOS software for the iPhone.

The ZenFone 5Z has two five-magnet stereo speakers that deliver deep, rich and expansive stereo sound.

There's no word yet on the pricing for the Zenfone by but expect it to be cheaper than the Zenfone 5. Notches everywhere. And Asus' latest devices, the ZenFone 5 family - well, it follows that trend. The smartphone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with the company's ZenUI 5.0 skin on top. It packs 3300 mAh battery with ASUS BoostMaster fast charging and AI charging. As of yet there is no clear information on which model will hit the Indian shores. There is also a MicroSD card slot for further expanding the storage. The dual rear-facing cameras consist of a 12MP lens and a 120-degree wide-angle lens for a wider field of view.

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