The Asus Zenfone 5 is the new upgrade to the Asus Zenfone 4 of the
previous year. Among the phones displayed in the MWC 2018 event, the
smartphone is a less premium model to the Asus Zenfone 5Z
which is Asus’s flagship for the year. More or less the same with the
more premium smartphone as it has the same size and design. The only
difference being the processor featured on the smartphone, internal
storage and the RAM size. However, it stands squarely in the mid-range
category with quite decent specs to go along.
Asus Zenfone 5 Key Specs and Features
- 6.2-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2246 X 1080 pixels (403 ppi)
- Octa-core Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 with 4GB RAM
- 64GB built-in storage and supports memory card up to 400GB
- Dual 12MP + 8MP camera and a 8MP front camera
- 4G LTE
- Fingerprint sensor (rear)
- 3, 300mAh non removable Li-ion battery
Design and Display
As discussed in the Asus Zenfone 5Z, the smartphone is identical in every way to he iPhone X
like design with the notched display. While Asus might be the first
major smartphone maker to adopt this design, its execution is quite
good-looking. The bottom still plays host to some bezels even if they
are just small in size.
Asus maintains the same screen size and resolution on both the Asus
Zenfone 5 and the Zenfone 5Z. The smartphone has been designed so that
the notch does not interfere with the display of applications. You still
have the same 6.2-inch 2246 X 1080 pixels display has before and an
unspecified Corning Gorilla Glass protection..
Battery and Camera
Shipping with the same battery capacity as the more premium variants
is a nice addition. According to Asus there’s an AI feature that study
your behaviour and habits of charging to better extend the battery life.
There is a 3, 300mAh battery which also charge using Qualcomm quick
charge. In reality, how long this goes depends entirely on how
conservative the processor is and a number of other factors.
Following the progression into the usage of dual camera set-up, the
Asus Zenfone adopts a 12MP + 8MP rear camera. It also integrates the AI
assistance which seems to be the next headway in technology into its
camera. In addition, you have an 8MP camera for taking selfies alongside
a beautification mode and other features to better the image.
Hardware and Software
Being more of an intermediate between the Asus Zenfone 5 Lite and the
Zenfone 5Z as regards the hardware it features. The smartphone comes
with a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and an Adreno 509 GPU
for graphics munching. Making use of the AI feature, the smartphone has
the ability to attain the power of the Snapdragon 660 processor during
Going further, the Asus Zenfone 5 sports a 4GB internal memory
accompanied by a 64GB built-in storage with support for memory card up
to 400GB. This is about the best you could have from a smartphone of its
category and it also runs Android 8.0 Oreo which is the latest at the
Pricing and Availability
Announced in the ongoing MWC 2018, there’s no official date of
release or price. Although the expected price is around $460 which is
equivalent to 166, 000 naira.