Asus launches iPhone X clone ZenFone 5 - complete with notch

01 March, 2018, 12:58 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • Asus ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5 Lite and ZenFone 5Z launched at MWC 2018

The ZenFone 5 and the ZenFone 5Z are expected to hit the Indian shores in the coming months. Most people will immediately notice the similarities between the Zenfone 5 and the Apple iPhone X. Asus also added that it is what the consumers want and they have to follow what is trendy. Both the Zenfone 5 and 5Z feature a 12MP sensor and a secondary 120-degree wide-angle lens - again like the iPhone X - which come paired with "AI-enhanced camera features" including scene detection, real-time beautification and photo learning. What's significant is their design - they look very similar to the iPhone X.

The device sports a dual camera setup on the back, and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, while thin bezels are also a part of the package. While the Zenfone 5 Lite has a simpler design, the standard and 5Z models take obvious design cues from Apple's flagship handset. Alongside these ZenFone 5 lineup smartphones, Asus at yesterday's event also unveiled a lower end version of the ZenFone Max Plus (M1) which was launched only last December aka ZenFone Max (M1).

The least of these devices has the most confusing name, as it were: Zenfone Max M1.

On the front there's a 6.2-inch 19:9 aspect ratio Full HD+ IPS display.

The Zenfone 5 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo which is layered with the ZenUI 5.0.

The new ZenFones come in three flavours: the ZenFone Lite, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z.

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One aspect which Asus has left alone is Apple's advanced 3D TrueDepth Camera system which powers Animoji and Face Time. Exact pricing details are now up in the air too, so we can't judge the Zenfone 5 too much yet.

Since it's a flagship device, the phone rocks the latest flagship processor by Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845. Other key specs include 6 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, dual-SIM support, and a 3,300 mAh battery with smart charging technology. No pricing information has been revealed.

It will sport dual cameras on the front and back unlike its bigger brethren which only have the dual camera setup at the back. At the back, the Zenfone 5 Lite is likely to pack a pair of 20-megapixel sensors, while up front there will be a pair of 16-megapixel sensors. There is also a wide-angle lens that offers a 120-degree field of view enabling you to capture expanded landscapes and easier group shots in cramped up spaces. The battery inside is a whopping 4000mAh battery and includes a fingerprint sensor (not a given in entry-level phones unfortunately). A 3300mAh battery completes the package.

If we talk about the connectivity options, the device comes with nearly all types of connectivity options such as 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.1, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack with micro-USB. An 8-megapixel shooter (f/2.0 aperture, PixelMaster camera modes) is placed on the front side of the ZenFone 5Z, while the device is capable of shooting 4K video at 60FPS with its main snapper. As seen with the earlier Zenfone smartphones, the Zenfone 5 Lite also in few different variants. The Zenfone 5 on the other hand sports a Snapdragon 636 chipset along with up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Asus intend to release an update for Android 9 devices.

The phone comes in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver colors.

Externally, the suffix-less Zenfone 5 is identical to its faster cousin.



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