Asus held a press conference Tuesday (February 27th) to present three new smartphones: ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5Z and ZenFone 5 Lite. The first two have the same design, but the ZenFone 5Z is powered by the Snapdragon 845.
As expected, Asus has introduced new products on the Mobile World Congress. The teaser had already partly unveiled what would be the subject of yesterday’s press conference on the brand’s booth: the ZenFone 5. Or rather the first models of the ZenFone 5 family. Because, like every year, the ZenFone 5 is will multiply according to the versions, the configurations and the options. In this presentation, Jerry Shen, CEO of Asus, presented three. The ZenFone 5 “classic,” large premium mid-range phablet, the ZenFone 5Z, its high-end declination, and the ZenFone 5 Lite, a phablet a little smaller.
Two visually identical phablets …
Here we present the ZenFone 5 and the ZenFone 5Z together. We will devote the second article to ZenFone 5 Lite. We made this choice because the two ZenFone premiums are physically identical and only differ on their technology platforms. You find mineral glass at the front and back, as well as metal on the edges. There is a dual sensor on the back of both terminals, as well as a fingerprint reader.
And in the front is an IPS panel Full HD + 6.2 inches. Unlike many competing brands, Asus has chosen to evade some ease to incorporate a widescreen display into its flagship. The slab, therefore, opts for a ratio 19 / 9th longer than the average. A ratio reminiscent of that of the iPhone X. And this is not the only common point with the Apple smartphone: the screen of ZenFone 5 / 5z sports a similar notch, not to mention the double sensor and mineral glass omnipresent. The Californian inspiration is confirmed.
… but not inside
Les deux ZenFone 5 et 5Z sont donc les deux faces d’une même pièce, mais dont la valeur faciale entre les deux est totalement différente : 499 euros pour la face ZenFone 5 et de 599 à 699 euros pour la face ZenFone 5Z. Cette différence de 100 à 200 euros se justifie complètement, puisque le ZenFone 5 est un modèle premium, mais milieu de gamme, sous Snapdragon 636, tandis que le ZenFone 5Z est un flagship sous Snapdragon 845. Oh, oh !
Let’s go into a little more detail. The ZenFone 5Z is equipped with the famous chipset Qualcomm, 6 to 8 GB of RAM, 64 to 256 GB of storage (with possible expansion on a dedicated slot), a 3300 mAh battery with fast charging, connectivity complete (WiFi ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, LTE category 12, USB type-C, GPS with Glonass and Beidou, FM radio and 3.5mm jack) and Android 8.0 Oreo with Asus ZenUI interface (in version 5.0) with many functions supported by artificial intelligence (Qualcomm platform). The mobile is equipped with a DTS-compatible stereo audio chipset. There are two built-in speakers.
Sony dual photosensor
The double photo sensor on the back is signed Sony. This is even the Exmor IMX363 model with 12 + 8-megapixel sensors. The first takes the photos. It is accompanied by a phase detection autofocus, a lens opening at f / 1.8. The second brings the support of light and focus. His goal opens at f / 2.0. The set is supported by a dual LED flash and an electronic stabilizer. At the front is an 8-megapixel webcam with lens opening at fL2.0. It also benefits from the electronic stabilizer. The mobile is capable of shooting in 2160p at 60 frames per second and up to 240 frames per second at 720p.
The ZenFone 5 classic, therefore, takes this technical sheet, with some modifications. The Snapdragon 636 replaces the Snapdragon 835. There are two configurations for memory: 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. If the photographic equipment is the same, the power of Snapdragon 636 does not achieve the same fluidity in video capture. The ZenFone 5 films in 2160p at 30 frames per second and up to 60 frames per second in 1080p. Finally, the tools related to artificial intelligence are absent, since the Snapdragon 636, still him, is incompatible. For the rest, there is no difference.
The 5Z available in June
The ZenFone 5Z will be marketed from 599 euros in 6 + 64 GB version and 699 euros in 8 + 128 GB version. It will be present on the stalls of shops in June. The wait will be extremely long. The ZenFone 5 will be available in 6 + 64 GB version at 499 euros. It will be available from May.