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Meet ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL) - A possible winner?

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The original ZenFone 5 years ago was a success that ASUS was trying so hard to recapture. This year in MWC, they may have just done it with the new ZenFone 5!
The new ZenFone 5!

ASUS announced three new phones at the MWC 2018 with the ZenFone 5 name: the 5, 5Z and the 5 Lite. The 5Z will be coming out later with a price of USD 499 + tax while the 5 Lite is rumored to be priced at USD 250 + tax. So expect the ZenFone 5 to be priced in between.

Let's see how it stacks up

Meet ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL)

Familiar design
Familiar design

Design is clearly where ASUS focused with the new ZenFone 5. Though it is clear that it was heavily inspired by Apple's iPhone, ASUS has made enough changes to differentiate it.

The ZenFone 5 has slimmer bezels and a smaller notch. In fact, ASUS says it has a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio and because it has less sensors on top, the notch is thus smaller.

At the back, ASUS has decided to bring back the signature ASUS shiny plate that has a unique shine to it. It has been sorely missed by us in GIZGUIDE.

It was a unique way that told the world, this is made by ASUS. In the middle of this cross shaped reflection is the fingerprint sensor and beside it is the dual cameras and the LED Flash.

The dual cameras here is a standard lens and ultrawide lens which we find much more functional.

At the bottom, is the now rare 3.5mm headphone jack! Thank you ASUS.

Both the 5 and 5Z are equipped with a FHD+ 1080p IPS 6.2-inch display with tall screen aspect ratio of 19:9. It is 19 instead of the usual 18:9 is because of the added real estate of display that surrounds the notch.

The ZenFone 5 starts with 4GB RAM and is powered by the Snapdragon 636 and the Adreno 509 GPU making this potentially a very good processor and GPU for a 1080p display. The 5Z with the Snapdragon 845 will be even more powerful and may perform along with the flagships announced in MWC 2018.

Expected to be a very good performer!

The main cameras are a dual lens set up of 12MP, Sony IMX363 Sensor f/1.8 w/ PDAF, OIS, EIS, and LED flash and a 8MP f/2.0 ultra wide camera while the selfie camera is a 8MP f/2.0 with EIS.

Out of the box, the auto mode is intuitive and easy to use with a lot of added features that we will cover in the full review. It now has the AI scene detection that detects what the subject is and adjusts the settings to take the best picture for the subject.

It now has stereo speakers and is expected to improve on the overall visual and auditory experience.

The rest of the features

The ZenFone 5 has a fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM (hybrid). It has an LED light for notifications as well.

It is now running Oreo with the new ZenUI 5.0 which looks like the prettiest and lightest version of the skin but now without the ASUS branded apps that did what most Google Apps did. 

It has a 3,300mAh battery capacity with fast charging support.

ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL) Specs

Display: 6.2-inch FHD+ Super IPS 2246 x 1080 w/ 2.D curved glass and Gorilla Glass protection at 402 ppi
CPU: 1.8GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 509
RAM: 4GB / 6GB
ROM: 64GB / 128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 2TB
Back Camera: 12MP f/1.8 Sony IMX363 + 8MP f/2.0 OV8856 w/ Tri-tech AF, Dual Pixel, 120-degree wide-angle, OIS, EIS, and dual tone LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP f/2.0 OV8856 w/ 83-degree wide-angle lens
Battery: 3,300mAh w/ ASUS BoostMaster fast charging and A.I. charging
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo ZenUI 5.0
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G LTE w/ VoLTE, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM (hybrid)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope
Others: Fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C face unlock, dual speakers, NXP 9874 Smart Amp, Hi-Res Audio, DTS Headphone: X for 7.1 channel surround sound, dual microphones, Colors: midnight blue, meteor silver
Dimensions: 153 x 75.65 x 7.85 mm
Weight: 155 g
Price: TBC

If the ZenFone 5 is indeed priced in between the rumored price of the 5 Lite of USD 250 + tax and the 5Z of USD 499 + tax then this could be a possible winner.

So stay tuned until we get our hands on a local retail unit.

See you on the next one!

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