MWC 2018: ASUS unveils new AI-powered Zenfone 5, 5Z smartphones

01 March, 2018, 13:03 | Author: Larry Hoffman
  • Asus Zen Fone 5Z is one of the first smartphones to embrace Qualcomm’s latest top of the line Snapdragon 845 chipset

Asus also announced a new Zenfone 5 smartphone at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona. It could be also be an attractive buy for the buyers who want large screen and compact design.

Apple started a trend when it introduced the iPhone X. One that's filled with no bezels, glass bodies, and notches. Storage is also expandable up to 2TB.

For a smartphone with a 6.2-inch display, the ZenFone 5/5Z is fairly compact. This camera setup also includes four-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and AI-enhanced camera features. This is created to reduce the effect of age on the battery by adjusting the charging rate depending on how you charge your phone.

Asus Zenfone 5Z comes in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver starting at 479 Euros, Zenfone 5 Lite in Midnight Black, Rouge Red, and Moonlight White.

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It has 90% screen to body ratio and comes with Artifical Intelligence Engine. According to Asus, software works around the notch, so you apps' UIs will be neither hindered nor obstructed. It's placed a fingerprint sensor at the back too, so that's one area in which it has an advantage over the iPhone X. Hopefully we can get our hands on one to check it out. At the launch event, Asus had just revealed the price of the 4GB RAM of the ZenFone 5Z which comes around Euro 479, roughly translating to Rs 38,400.

The Zenfone 5 comes with 6GB RAM and a Snapdragon 636.

The Zenfone 5 and 5Z include a 6.2 inch display and have the same reflective casing as found on the the Zenfone 4.

The ZenFone 5Z and the ZenFone 5 come with professional grade real-time portrait capturing that allows users to take professional close up shots of people or other objects with the right amount of bokeh. But if the features operate in the way that Asus is claiming, then the ZenFone 5 could carve a unique place for itself in the mid-range market, where now camera performance is still very hit-and-miss.

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Both Zenfones have a 3,300mAh battery each with AI Charging technology. The aluminum frame blends seamlessly into the design, and both models are completely identical in appearance.

For photography, the smartphone sports a dual-camera setup which is a combination of 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.4 aperture and a 120-degree wide-angle camera. This model is expected to be called the Zenfone 5 Max running Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. The latest addition to ASUS's rather confusing and big ZenFone family is the ZenFone Max Plus M1.

The 6.2-inch IPS LCD screen is Full HD+ (2246 x 1080) and gets quite bright at 500 nits. It will be powered by the Snapdragon 430 and will be available in 2GB/16GB, 2GB/32GB and 3GB/32GB variants. It features a 20 megapixel primary Sony IMX376 front camera coupled with a 120 degree wide angle second camera. The phone uses the power of AI to enhance the experience of using the phone and Asus has included some rather interesting features. Users will have to contend with a hybrid SIM slot on this phone. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Oreo update planned for Q3 2018. As the name suggests, it's the entry-level handset in this series. With lots of other phones doing a similar trick, and scene recognition being a staple of digital cameras for years, it all sounds a bit gimmicky at the moment. Expect more info on the new trio of phones in the future.

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