Asus ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5 Lite and ZenFone 5Z launched at MWC 2018
01 March, 2018, 12:57
Unfortunately, Asus did not reveal the starting price for the cheaper Zenfone 5 and we won't see either of them before June this year.
ASUS officially unveiled their 2018 flagship, the ZenFone 5, at Spain's Mobile World Congress, Wednesday, February 28, Philippine time.
According to Asus, though, its notch is 26 per cent smaller than that on the iPhone X, allowing for a more significant 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio and a larger 6.2in screen size.
Asus ZenFone 5 and 5Z both come with similar set of specifications expect for minor differences. And let's not forget, Apple has that True Tone thing on its latest phones. But if the features operate in the way that Asus is claiming, then the ZenFone 5 could carve a unique place for itself in the mid-range market, where now camera performance is still very hit-and-miss.
At MWC 2018 in BarcelonaAsus have announced a quartet of new phones ranging throughout all market segments. The screen has Quad-HD resolution and is in 18:9 format. Videos will scale to the correct aspect ratio with black bars on the sides instead of playing behind the notch.
But it's unfortunate that Asus wasn't able to bring the 5Z to MWC. Stepping down a notch, you end up with 6 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage. The device will also come with a built-in speaker system which will ensure you hear everything loud and clear. The storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB) with its own dedicated card slot.
It makes it possible to fill almost all of a phone's front with display, because the "notch" lets phone makers keep important features - like the selfie camera and sensors - on the front. Both feature a double 12-megapixel camera on the back with sensors from Sony, as well as an 8 megapixel front camera, 3,300 mAh battery and Android 8.0.
Asus claims the 5Z's camera can instantly focus on a subject in any lighting situation with its dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus, which the company says can lock onto a subject in 0.03 seconds.
AsusZenFone 5 is the main smartphone of the entire AsusZenFone 5 series smartphone.
The ZenFone 5Z also supports Hi-Res Audio files encoded at up to 24-bit/192KHz sample rates and supports DTS Headphone:X for 7.2-channel virtual surround-sound when using headphones. Although we do not have precise dimensions, so we have to take Asus' word for it, the company did say that the Zenfone 5z and Zenfone 5 will weigh 163g and 155g, respectively. There is only one Storage variant available on the ZenFone 5 smartphone.
The new handset is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor which is paired with Mali T860 GPU and 3GB RAM. It also tops out at 6 GB of memory and 64 GB of storage.
The ZenFone 5 Lite is the more affordable version of the ZenFone 5. It has a 2160x1080 IPS LCD (18:9 ratio) that is flat on the top and bottom. The front camera specifications can vary as per region, Asus added. The rear cameras also support 1080p FHD video recording at 30 frames per second and 120-degree wide-angle video. The only details known are that two of the smartphones to be launched would be named the Asus ZenFone 5 Lite and the Asus ZenFone 5 Max.
Lastly, there are limited pieces available, so be vigilant if you wish to pick one up for yourself or someone else. AR Emoji uses AI to analyse 2D image of the user and creates a 3D model reflecting the user's facial expressions.
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