Asus has entered the under ₹40,000 segment in India by launching its latest flagship – the Asus Zenfone 5Z. The price of this handset starts at ₹29,999. The specifications of the base variant are nearly similar to the OnePlus 6 which costs ₹34,999. I think Asus has directly targeted the OnePlus.
So, we compared it with OnePlus 6 and Honor 10. You can watch that comparison video by clicking right here. Anyway, it has been more than a month I am using it as my daily driver and I think now is the time to share the pros and cons of this handset.
Before we start, let’s have a look on its full specifications.
Asus Zenfone 5Z Specifications and Features
|Display||6.2-inch IPS LCD, 1080x2246px, DCI-P3, 18.7:9 Ratio|
|SoC & GPU||Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Adreno 630|
|OS & RAM||Android 8.0 Oreo | 4GB or 6GB or 8GB|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB or 256GB | Expandable up to 512GB|
|Rear Camera||Dual 12MP (f/1.8, 4-Axis OIS, PDAF) + 8MP (f/2.0), Dual-LED Dual-Tone Flash|
|Front Camera||8MP, f/2.0, Gyro-EIS|
|Battery||Li-lon 3,300 mAh with 18W Fast Charging|
Asus Zenfone 5Z’s Pros.
1. Blazing Fast Performance: The Zenfone 5Z was the cheapest smartphone to have Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 845 chipset until Xiaomi Poco F1 launched. The Zenfone offers blazing fast performance and it can handle whatever the task you are giving it. I play some of the heavy games including PUBG Mobile and Gangster Vegas on a regular basis and the handset never disappointed me.
Even the graphics performance is amazing. I have not seen any frame drop issue yet. Plus, the inbuilt Game Genie application on this phone is really a life saver for gamers who love to stream the game. It allows you to stream your gameplay on multiple platforms simultaneously.
2. Impressive Camera with 4-Axis Image Stabilization: The camera setup on this handset is really impressive. The phone produces images with very good quality, sharpness, colors and white balance, especially during lowlight condition. Even it is better than the OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 during lowlight photography.
For videos, it has 4-axis image stabilization and produces stable videos with very good quality. Oh, one more thing, it also has selfie master – a dedicated selfie application for selfie lovers. Through this app, you can select from various filters.
3. Artificial Intelligence Integration: Asus has played very well with this AI technology. It has integrated artificial intelligence into Camera, Battery and Sound. While the AI helps its camera setup to recognize difference scenes and customize the colors accordingly, it also helps to maximize the life span of its battery. If you generally put your phone on the charge before sleeping, it will learn your behaviour and then charge slowly if you leave it plugged in for entire night. Another AI-powered feature is its ringtone which automatically adjusts the ringtone volume as per the surrounding noise.
4. Good Display: While many people are criticizing the phone for not having an AMOLED display, its IPS LCD panel is not bad. In fact, it is way better than several smartphones. The color temperature and brightness are automatically adjusted to comfort the eyes. Plus, it has DCI-P3 color gamut for realistic-looking colors.
5. Dual VoLTE and Stereo Speakers: The Zenfone 5Z has 5-magnet speaker for immersive sound experience with the support of DTS and hi-res audio. The audio quality is really good with minimum distortion. It also comes with dual VoLTE functionality which means, you can use two VoLTE-enabled SIM cards (for example: Jio) simultaneously.
6. Good Battery Life with 18W AI Fast Charging: The Zenfone 5Z easily lasts a day on a single charge. During heavy gaming, it stays up for around 4 hours. Plus, the 18W charge lets you recharge the battery in around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Asus Zenfone 5Z’s Cons.
1. No Water Resistance: As they say, with good comes bad too; the Zenfone also has some drawbacks. The handset doesn’t have water resistance feature. So, be careful and don’t let it fell in the water.
2. No Dedicated MicroSD Slot: The handset comes with hybrid SIM slot, which means, you can’t use the secondary SIM and MicroSD simultaneously. The base variant of this handset comes with 64GB of storage which might not be sufficient for some people. So, if you want more storage, you can go for the 128GB or 256GB variant.
So, that’s it folks. Aforementioned were the pros and cons of Asus Zenfone 5Z. If you own this handset and think that we have missed any, do tell us in the comment section below.