Updated on 2018-06-25 by Geetansh Arora
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Asus Zenfone 5Z looks like a great bet from Asus for capturing the budget flagship market in India which is dominated by the likes of OnePls 6 and Honor 10. It has a very powerful configuration and some great features which makes it a true competitor in the budget flagship space. We are expecting Asus to be very competitive with the pricing and it can cost around 29999. We will update this review when the official pricing and unveiled. Let us talk about its specifications and reviews as a smartphone priced under 30000. The phone will be officially launched in India on 4th July 2018 and sale would start a week after that. It will be sold exclusively via Flipkart.
Asus Zenfone 5Z comes with a beautiful 6.3-inch display which has a Full HD Plus resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. It comes with a notch design and the IPS display has a perfect colour reproduction. With a screen to body ratio of 90 per cent, the phone looks amazing. The back of the phone has a reflective design that looks attractive and stylish. Both the back and front are protected by a 2.5 D Gorilla Glass. Despite a big screen size, the phone is sleek, lightweight and is easily operatable by one hand. The display also has a feature where its colour temperature is adjusted automatically based on the ambient lighting conditions. Zenfone 5Z has a solid build quality and feels sturdy holding in hand.
This Zenfone 5Z is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor as seen in the OnePlus 6, which is one of the best in the smartphones segment and scores heavily(274449) on the Antutu Benchmark. This smartphone has one heck of a performance, with the apps, usage and gaming even on the highest setting being super smooth. The performance with the most powerful processor is simply top notch. It has an Adreno 630 GPU that basically escalates your gaming experience to an all new level. It can easily handle multiple games without any lag and no heating issues were observed. This phone has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage and comes in multiple variants. It also has a dedicated microSD card which can help expand the storage by 2TB.
Let us know talk about the camera part. It has a vertically stacked dual rear camera of 12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor and a 5MP sensor with 120-degree wide angle view. The camera performance is flagship grade and both the daylight and low light shots are amazingly beautiful with no shortfall observed. The images are sharp, clear and bright and have perfect saturation level. With a dual camera, it supports bokeh mode and has perfect edge detection. The front camera is an 8 MP sensor and clicks clear selfies and supports HDR, beauty, portrait mode among others. This phone also supports slow motion video and time lapse video and they look amazing.
There is also support for 4K video recording with the rear camera and it has OIS(Optical Image Stabilization) and EIS(Electronic Image Stabilization) that results is super smooth video recording without any noise or disturbance even while moving. The camera comes with an AI mode, where it automatically detects the type of object and recreates the captured image by adjusting the saturation level, white balance, to output the best images.
Inside the notch design, there is an earpiece and where front camera located. The earpiece also works as a speaker for stereo audio. This phone has a 3.5 mm jack and the phone only 7.8 mm thick. The box comes with an in-ear type headphones, a transparent case, a fast charger with USB Type C cable. This phone supports fast charging and has a USB type C port.
There is a fingerprint sensor on the back and uses the front camera for face unlocking. Both the methods are accurate and fast so you will not face any issue. This phone comes with the "AI Features". Apart from AI in the camera, it has AI boost that can be accessed from the drop-down menu when scrolled from the top and gives a one-time boost to the speed of the phone. It also has basic applications of AI like AI charging, which optimized the charging based on the current charging percentage and improves the lifespan of a battery. It also has an AI in ringtone volume control that adjusts the volume of your phone depending on if you are in a noisy environment or not and can be a lot helpful at times.
It has a battery rated at 3300 mAh which can backup the phone for around a day. This phone runs on Android 8.0 with a custom ZenUI over it. The skin is smooth with stock android (no bloatware) and is user-friendly. There is no IP rating so you will have to keep your phone protected from dust and water.
Asus has launched Zenfone 5Z in 3 variants: 6GB 64GB, 8GB 128GB and 8GB 256GB. As you can see there are plenty of options to choose from. Price of 6GB 64GB is 29999, 8GB 128GB is 32999 and 8GB 256GB is 36999. We think the middle variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage provides the best value for money.
Overall at this price, it is a brilliant phone from Asus with perfect quality and performance and with no major shortcoming. Compared to the likes of OnePlus 6 and Honor 10, Asus Zenfone 5Z offers better value for money and makes it the best and our favorite budget flagship smartphone.
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Asus Zenfone 5Z is a perfect and complete practical phone. With a powerful processor, top notch build quality and beautiful camera images and design, it is a well placed budget flagship phone from Asus. It supports AI features, fast charging as well as face unlocking. Certainly one of the best phones and a solid competitor for OnePlus 6.