Asus has been known to push out some solid phones, at super hefty price tags when competitors like Xiaomi would deliver something similar.. at half the price however the game seems to be changing topsy-turvy off-lately with Asus creating a lot of buzz with their latest devices.
First, it was the budget-friendly max pro .. and now the Zenfone 5z, it’s latest flagship device It has enough that one can never overlook be it a reviewer or a consumer with a surprising price tag and surplus features strategically placed against the Oneplus 6 should you consider this over that.
Let’s find it out – the box, pretty hefty package comes in 2 colors silver and blue and in 3 storage and Ram configs, what I have here is the meteor silver color base variant 64GB model inside, a small pack which has the sim eject pin and documentation, a transparent soft back case then the phone itself, then a 9v 2amp fast charger USB C cable and earphones..
It’s a surprise to have those in the box, I thought those days were gone when they came with additional earphones. anyways, that’s all about the box.
The phone of the moment is the Zenfone 5z in all its glory, talking about design and build, well, it might look a little big but wow! this sure is one awesome looking device combination of glass & metal, build gives it a premium & stylish look.
The back has its own concentric circle design which is nice when you move the device under a light, I love the in-hand feel flipside, I have to be honest it does look like an iPhone X especially if you pick the dark color variant, be ready to be mistaken.
The device is covered with glass in front and back so you need to be careful while handling apart from that overall impressive build & design Here’s the look at the technical specifications.
It houses hidden sensors, earpiece which also doubles up as a speaker, has multi-color led notification and the 8 MP front camera, followed by the inch full HD + display with extremely thin bezels, the bottom has a small chin, navigation keys are onscreen to the right…
Power button & volume rocker to the left.. a mic & a sim tray… it’s a hybrid sim tray so 2 sim cards or 1 sim + micro sd card It also supports dual-band so yes, you can use 2 sims if needed, the bottom has an audio slot USB type c port, a primary mic, and the speaker grill. On the top a mic this device totally has 3 mics, so expect good noise cancellation.
Then at the back, you have the dual camera set up. You get a 12mp + 8mp shooter, then flash, followed by the fingerprint sensor.
That’s about the overview enough spoken about design and build moving on to display.
The display is one of the highlights, what you get is an inch Full HD + super IPS plus display with 2.5D gorilla glass through an AMOLED display, this is what I would expect, this has nothing to crib its vibrant, has excellent color reproduction, great viewing angles, and outdoor visibility. It has ample color settings to play…
Touch is very responsive overall, a very good display, I am happy with it.
Next up performance and gaming. Being the flagship device, it has the best inside – the Snapdragon 845 octa-core chip with 6gb ram and Adreno 630 GPU is what drives it all a fantastic fast, stutter-free experience. Fast is what you get be it even gaming.
On 1st boot you get around 50 GB free to use on the software, you get the new enhanced Zen UI on top of android Oreo, it’s a custom skin but still well optimized. In my usage, it was fast and responsive. RAM management was also pretty impressive, no issues on that front this device is expected to get android updates, hope Asus sticks by that and add some features along.
Gamers can just grab this device with no second thoughts. Tested with graphics intensive games in its high settings and it was a cake walk: asphalt 8, modern combat, gods of Egypt, PUB-G… Bring it on is what I felt the device said to me on the heating with games like asphalt 8, modern combat had no issues No major heating… However, with PUB-G the device does warm up a bit on prolonged gaming.
The Battery It packs a 3300 Mah battery, in my test browsing, calls, a lot of social media, occasional video streaming and casual gaming got me a little over a day, for heavy users you can get a day-long battery. The AI feature helps optimize battery usage and with fast charging.
To give you a quick idea 30 minutes a video streaming on wifi consumes 3% and the same on 4g consumes 4%.
The dual speaker setup in this is pretty good, the audio output via 3.5mm slot with DTS support is good, the bundled earphones did well. If you are a music lover this will surely impress you with another interesting thing, the AI Ringtone feature helps adjust ringer volume as per the surrounding noise conditions. So in noisy areas say outdoors, the ringer will make sure to be as loud as possible and when in less noisy areas it will output low sound, let’s say you are at home resting you don’t jump out of bed when a call comes in.
It has a dual camera set up with a 12+8mp rear camera, where the secondary 8mp is a wide angle lens. To the front an 8 mp shooter good part is rear cameras have both EIS and OIS for stabilization and front has EIS.
I am impressed by the camera performance, wide angle lens sure helps fit in more in a photodynamic range was good and under different lighting conditions including low light it did well only thing is at random occasions backgrounds turn out a bit overexposed, not always as said its random hoping software updates can fix, that app is straightforward with both auto and pro mode Filters.
You have ample to play with video recording, goes up to 4k 60 FPS and even has slow motion @ 240fps both front and the rear camera produces good portrait shots.
A physical led would have been good, an AMOLED display would have been an icing on the cake, and finally – it is not water resistant. so be careful every time you are near the pool, beach, or even in the restroom.
Overall, an affordable flagship device which is priced aggressively and I guess it is gonna be the game changer in the Flagship category.
This is more value for money and looks like the iPhone X so, I can flaunt it around. It is super fast, has good design and build, has AI to assist in many things, good battery, good cameras good audio… go ahead and check it out.