Asus has launched a redefined version of its Zenfone 5 featuring a minimal-bezel 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a 2246 x 1080 pixel resolution and a screen aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Asus Zenfone 5 offers a DCI-P3 colour gamut and Blue-light eye care filter. It comes with a 2.5D curved glass, both on the front & rear, while its capacitive touch panel accommodates 10-point multi-touch with Glove Touch support. Asus claims to have added 4 0.06mm-slim carbon cooling pads to the new Zenfone 5 in order to control phone temperature.
Asus Zenfone 5 runs Android 8.0 Oreo with the company’s ZenUI 5.0 on top. This phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 processor, and a 3300mAh battery with Asus BoostMaster support. Based on artificial intelligence, the Zenfone 5 has a facial unlock feature, which the company claims can successfully operate in 0.1 seconds. Other AI-based operations include AI Charging, which gathers data on a user’s charging pattern and adjusts the phones performance accordingly.
With this smartphone, Asus has also introduced its own take on Apple’s Animoji, called the ZeniMoji. The ZeniMoji has been described as live-animated avatars of users that can be used across video chats, live-streaming and text chats.
Asus Zenfone 5 features a dual-rear camera setup. Its 12MP primary Sony IMX363 Sensor, which is 1.4um in size, features Auto Scene Detection, Night HDR AI Scene Detection alongside scene-detection AI algorithms, for clear low-light images. This camera allows real-time portraits, which integrates features from portrait and bokeh modes and provides a Pro mode option, where users can adjust shutter speeds.
The 6p secondary lens offers a 120-degree wide-angle camera with a lag time of 0.03 sec, and 4-axis OIS. The Zenfone 5’s camera is capable of shooting 4K UHD video at 60 fps, while managing 1080p quality video at 30/60 fps. Meanwhile, the 8MP front lens with f/2.0 aperture offers an 84-degree field of view and instant camera switching.
Storage options on the Zenfone 5 include two RAM variants, 4GB and 6GB. Both variants offer 64GB of internal memory with microSD support up to 2TB. Users will have to contend with a hybrid SIM slot on this phone. Connectivity options include 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi alongside Bluetooth 5.0 and an integrated NFC with Google Pay. Sensors on the device include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner with 0.3 sec unlock time, GPS/A-GPS, Glonass and BDS, in addition to gyro, accelerometer, ambient light and proximity. It will be available in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver colour options, but the exact availability of this device is yet to be announced.