Asus yesterday night announced the launch of its new Zenfone 5 series. The Taiwanese company, at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona (Spain), also revealed three smartphones under the new series that includes the Zenfone 5Z, Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5 Lite.
The company also unveiled Zenfone Max (M1) and Max Plus (M1) at the event.
“We embarked on the ZenFone project four years ago with the idea to create empowering luxury for everyone to enjoy,” said Mr. Shen. “Today, the ZenFone 5 Series is the most intelligent ZenFone series ever, utilizing advanced AI algorithms and big-data analytics to provide users with a unique slate of intelligent camera, communication and convenience features.”
The Zenfone 5 series phones have 19:9 displays and ZenMoji – something like Apple’s Animoji. But that’s not the significant resemblance. What’s significant is their design – they look very similar to the iPhone X.
Asus Zenfone 5Z (ZS620KL)
This is the flagship smartphone in the series. It has Snapdragon 845 processor. The phone will be made available in 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM and 8 GB RAM models with 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB storage respectively. The phone also comes with a micro SD card slot. It has a 6.2-inch full-HD+ (1080×2246 pixels) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio which makes quite taller than many phones but not as tall as iPhone X which has 19.5:9 ratio.
There is a dual rear camera set up of 12 MP and 8 MP sensors in its back. The main 12 MP sensor has Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 83-degree field of view, 24mm equivalent focal length, and a Softlight LED flash. The 8-megapixel sensor has 120-degree wide-angle lens, an f/2.2 aperture, and a 12mm equivalent focal length in a 35mm film camera. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel resolution, with an f/2.0 aperture, 84-degree field of view, and a 24mm equivalent focal length in a 35mm film camera.
Besides, the Asus Zenfone 5Z offers fingerprint sensor, 3300 mAh battery, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, USB Type-C, and 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone will support AI charging tech. It will be available in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver colour variants.
ZenFone 5 features an exquisitely crafted design, an amazing dual-camera system, and is powered by the latest Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform. For an instant blast of extra power the exclusive ASUS AI Boost — available on both ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z — optimizes performance for games and other demanding tasks, said the company in a press release.
This dual SIM phone too has Android Oreo OS like the Zenfone 5Z and it will come in 4 GB and 6 GB RAM variants, offering 64 GB of internal storage. Apart from that it has the same features as the Zenfone 5Z.
ZenFone 5 Lite
ZenFone 5 Lite is a 6-inch smartphone featuring four-camera system with high-resolution and wide-angle cameras at both front and rear. ZenFone 5 Lite has a 20MP Sony at the front, 16MP at the rear — and, a secondary 120° wide-angle camera at both front and rear. According to the company, each camera works independently every time for perfect selfies, wefies, landscapes, portraits or groups shots. The 6-inch Full HD+ IPS display has a Full View 18:9 aspect ratio and an ultraslim bezel, which makes it as compact as a standard-aspect-ratio 5.5-inch phone, said Asus.
Powered by the Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform, ZenFone 5 Lite comes equipped with a 3300mAh battery and offers features like NFC, triple-slot SIM/microSD card holder, rapid face unlock and fingerprint recognition.
As per reports another version of the phone with 3 GB RAM, Snapdragon 430 processor will also be launched. This phone has 16 megapixel rear camera and a secondary 8 MP unit. It will be available in Midnight Black, Moonlight White, and Rouge Red colour variants.
ZenFone Max (M1)
ZenFone Max (M1) is the latest model in the new ZenFone Max Series. ZenFone Max has a 5.5-inch full-view display and a huge 4000mAh battery.