Every month…every week…every day, a new smartphone seems to come out. With so many brands and models to choose from, how can you be sure to get the right one for you? Well, with the recent launch of the ZenFone 5Z from ASUS, you are about to find out why the choice is obvious and you won’t be able to resist wanting one!
ZenFone 5Z is ‘the’ value for money flagship in the world to be powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform and Qualcomm Artifficial Intelligence Engine, which combines ultimate app and AI performance with superb battery life. Clocking in at 2.8GHz with Adreno 630 graphics, up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage, the handset covers all bases for hardware specs. With the Adreno 630 Graphics chip, the ZenFone 5Z offers enthusiast level gaming experiences with next-gen graphics and can flawlessly run top end games like PUBG Mobile.
With the SD845, the AI Engine is not only just limited for A.I. camera experiences, ZenFone 5Z infuses A.I. across each major functionalities of the device like, AI charging, AI Cameras, and AI Gallery.
Artificial Intelligence – the Buzzword
AI is the buzz word in the tech domain and ZenFone 5Z too bundles AI features in the ZenUI 5.0, where it takes the most precedence by offering you intelligent services. AI charging can be used for safer overnight charging and for safer, slower charging when your battery already has enough juice in the tank thus extend the battery life-span by up to two times. AI Gallery that lets you manage your photos even automatically based on faces detected. With GameGenie, your gaming sessions will be more intuitive and it will let you boost your phone while you’re playing games for an unprecedented gameplay. You can use Optiflex option to program certain apps, the ones you frequently use, to open up faster.
Intelligent battery management
To keep a slim design profile, the ZenFone 5Z features a high-density 3300mAh battery with Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 fast-charge technology. ZenFone 5Z also introduces AI Charging to maximize the battery lifespan and provide total protection. AI Charging dynamically adjusts the charging rate by monitoring the user’s charging habits, and slows down the fast-charge when the phone is not in use for long hours while charging, thus help attain a longer battery lifespan.
For maximum flexibility and superb call quality, ZenFone 5Z supports dual 4G LTE SIMs and Dual VoLTE (DSDV) capabilities. This allows both SIMs to be on active standby and also supports enhanced HD voice calls over 4G LTE on both SIMs.
Luxurious design and display
ZenFone 5Z has a stunning edge-to-edge screen design that lets you see more, yet still fits comfortably in your hand. The shiny glass is sandwich design that glues in two curved 2.5D glass panels onto an aluminium frame which gives it a distinct look and feel, and the display is protected with Corning’s Gorilla Glass. The glass panel is sturdy yet lightweight. In short, all the premium phone boxes ticked.
The ultra-slim bezel, all-screen display, the 6.2-inch ZenFone 5Z is as small as most standard 5.5-inch phones and delivers a totally immersive visual experience. This screen supports the cinema-grade DCI-P3 colour space and has 550nits of brightness making photos, videos and games look better than they’ve ever looked before. Its Adaptive display technology ensures that images always look their best in any lighting condition, and it’s even smart enough to keep the screen turned on when you’re looking at it!
The ZenFone 5Z even has a 26% smaller notch than the iPhone X, pretty much ensuring that other premium phone users welcome it to the club. The plus point ASUS has over Apple is – ZenFone 5Z implements automated sizing of content to artificially “hide” the notch.
Lights, camera, AI action
The ZenFone 5Z revolutionizes mobile photography, with advanced AI Scene detection feature, anticipate your needs and adapt to your preferences, and get perfect results every time. In terms for configuration it has 12 MP (f/1.8, 24mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual PDAF) + 8 MP wide-angle (120-degree, f/2.2, 12mm, 1/4″, 1.12µm) lenses at the rear. It is loaded with features like dual PDAF autofocus, optical & electronic image stabilisation, and more!
The dual-camera system in ZenFone 5Z has an advanced hardware specification, featuring the flagship Sony® IMX363 image sensor with large 1.4µm pixels and a bright F1.8 wide-aperture six-element lens that captures up to 5X-brighter and clearer photos in low-light conditions, as well as enabling dramatic Night HDR shots. The 120° wide-angle secondary camera has a field of view that’s 2X wider than a standard smartphone camera, for capturing more expansive landscapes, more natural group shots, and easier photos in cramped spaces. ZenFone 5Z can record video in stunning 4K UHD resolution, with smooth and steady videos assured by three-axis electronic image stabilization (EIS).
AI Scene Detection takes the guesswork out of photography. ZenFone 5Z uses the power of AI to rapidly analyse the subject and match it to one of its 16 scene types, optimizing the camera settings for almost any kind of subject. The result is effortlessly perfect photos, anytime and anywhere. Our cloud-based data analytics work constantly to enhance the algorithms, for ever-smarter photography. Real-time Portrait mode lets you take professional-looking close-up shots of people or objects, without the hassle. ZenFone 5Z includes the powerful Pro mode that gives users full control of all the camera settings, including white balance, exposure, focus, ISO, and an impressive range of shutter speeds from 1/10000 to 32 seconds. For those who choose to have complete control over their camera settings, there’s a fully decked Pro mode. It allows you to tweak ISO, exposure, White-balance and focus all manually, and to top it off it also supports RAW mode.
ZenFone 5Z features an amazing audio experience, thanks to dual 5-magnet speakers that is driven by dual NXP SmartAmp for a crisp and loud stereo sound without any distortions. For immersive headphone audio, the phone supports Hi-Res playback and features DTS Headphone: X audio enhancement.
For an amazing interference free call experience, the ZenFone 5Z sports three microphones, using them intelligently to curb ambient disturbances. It also uses them for Adaptive Ringtone, which allows the phone to sense the ambient noise levels and automatically raise or lower the ringtone volume.
All new ZenUI 5.0
Helping the outright performance is the new ZenUI 5.0 that offers a near stock experience in Android, and the newer UI is quite smooth. The interface runs on top of Android 8.0 Oreo and supports gestures for navigation and a ton of AI features. AI Boost will be ASUS’ way of reassuring more power when using the smartphone for extreme gaming scenarios or intensive applications like photo-editing. There’s also AI Gallery with tons of innovative features like AI Photo learning, which learns your photo preferences over time and improves the camera experience. And, there’s ZeniMoji which is ASUS’ version of Apple Animoji.
Security is paramount, ZenFone 5Z leaves no stone un-turned with a PIN, fingerprint security and face unlock. It takes just a couple of minutes to set up and is really easy to use – perfect for messy fingers or when you’re wearing gloves. The fingerprint sensor unlocks the phone in an instant and combined with ZenFone 5Z’s NFC capability you can enjoy trusted security for services like Google Pay.
A Truly Flagship Smartphone at an Amazing Price
Price starting at INR 29,999/-, the ASUS ZenFone 5Z looks like a million bucks. It’s got a huge and dazzling all-screen display, the latest SoC Qualcomm’s got to offer, and a camera setup that’s both powerful and flexible. This is all tied together and enhanced by our AI technologies for a smarter phone that’s more keenly attuned to your habits.
On Flipkart.com, the firm’s online partner, one can also avail No-Cost EMI starting at Rs 3,333 per month and to make the deal sweeter Flipkart’s complete mobile protection can be purchased separately for INR 499 to take care of damages to the device like screen breakage. If you have an Axis Bank credit or debit card, then you get flat INR 2000 off.
Oddly, the lower variant of OnePlus 6 starts at the price tag of INR 34,999/-, whereas the higher variant of ZenFone 5Z i.e. 8GB RAM and 256 GB storage is priced at INR 36,999/-.
Now, you know why everyone loves ZenFone 5Z.