MWC 2018: Asus introduces ZenFone 5Z, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5 Lite


The ZenFone 5Z boasts an AI technology that can automatically detect scenes and applies ideal settings accordingly.

At the event, Asus unveiled three new models - the ZenFone 5, 5Z and 5 Lite - all of which look strikingly similar to the iPhone X.

There are differences, of course: With a 6.2-inch screen, the ZenFone 5 is larger than the iPhone X. Its notch is a bit narrower, and its bottom bezels is a bit bigger than the one on the iPhone X (there's no fingerprint sensor there, though - it resides on the other side of the phone). Upstairs, Asus followed Apple with the iPhone X-style notch, This is not only trendy, but also saves space. The less expensive ZenFone 5 packs the Snapdragon 636, which also uses the AI functions.

This phone also brings a 3300 mAh battery along with a face unlock feature. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. On the display front, the Asus Zenfone 5Z comes with a 6.2-inch inch edge-to-edge display with 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio.

Asus calls the Zenfone 5 series an Intelligent Phone because it uses lots of AI. Quite cleverly though when watching media the notches won't be used and the end result will be the more common 18:9 aspect ratio. The ZenFone 5Z uses the power of AI to rapidly analyze the subject and match it to one of its 16 scene types, optimizing the camera settings for nearly any kind of shot from sunsets to pet pics. Confusingly there will be at least 2 versions one with Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, the other by the Snapdragon 630 RAM/storage options will be 3/32 or 4/64. The Asus ZenFone Max (M1) is very similar to the ZenFone Max Plus (M1) that was launched in Russian Federation last year, before being made available in the United States earlier this year. The company didn't reveal the price of the other two models as of yet. Featuring a different physical design altogether, this particular device also comes with a rather peculiar camera setup. On the Camera side it has a 16MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 0.03-second PDAF, LED flash along with a secondary 120-degree wide-angle camera.

Up front is an 8MP F/2.0 camera with Night HDR and portrait support, selfie panorama, and GIF animation.

Asus was also very keen to show off the AI tech in the phones and there are dozens of implementations of this. This helps the device come up with some of the flawless shots in an effortless manner, the ZenFone 5Z and the ZenFone 5 use big-data analysis to enhance the scene-detection algorithms and the performance only gets better with usage. The ZenFone 5Z has 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage for the best performance while the ZenFone 5 slightly cuts it down to 6GB RAM and 64GB Storage. Dubbed AI Charging, the feature keeps the battery from charging to 100 percent overnight, in order to extend its longevity. Asus intend to release an update for Android 9 devices. Like the mid-range 5 and and lower-tier 5Q, the 5Z offers two rear-facing lenses.

For reference, another 8MP sensor can be found on the front of the ZenFone 5 for taking selfies. It runs Android Nougat-based ZenUI 4.0. There's a triple slot housing two SIM cards and one microSD alongside them, and a fingerprint scanner is included on the back.

When it comes to camera, there's a 12MP Sony sensor on the rear with an f/1.8 aperture. It is rated to deliver up to 30 hours of talk time on 3G and 24 days of standby time on 4G respectively.

Both phones will be available in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver when they launch.



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