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ASUS launches ZenFone 5Z at MWC

ASUS launches ZenFone 5Z at MWC

Rest assured, the ZenFone 5Z is so much better, and if there's a proper Samsung Galaxy S9 competitor at MWC, this is nearly certainly it. Although the 5Z was not on show, an Asus representative assured us that the ZenFone 5Z and ZenFone 5 feature the same design, with the differences only being under the hood.

The all new Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z come with 6.2-inch Full HD+ IPS display which is protected by a front and rear 2.5D curved glass.

The front-facing camera is also dual camera setup with a 20-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 85.5-degree field of view.

Asus in total launched five phones including three Zenfone 5 series handsets that come with iPhone X like design. The Galaxy S9 has 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

Since it's a flagship device, the phone rocks the latest flagship processor by Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845. It has 8 GM of RAM and 256 GB of storage space. The smartphone will be available in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver color variants. It also comes with a PMIC internal dual amplifier, and triple internal microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction.

All three devices also include rear-mounted dual cameras and ZeniMoji, Asus' take on selfie animations. However, Asus hasn't mentioned the megapixel count of both the secondary cameras. The front facing camera is quite intelligent and it comes with Face Unlock feature, and real-time beautification features.

Battery capacity on the Zenfone 5 is 3300mAh with BoostMaster (fast charging). It has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS and USB Type-C (2.0) connectivity.

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This phone also brings a 3300 mAh battery along with a face unlock feature.

They opened up by announcing the line and then running through a spiel about a lower end ZenFone 5 model before unveiling the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z. Asus also launched the ZenFone 5Z, a higher-specced version for £499, and the 6-inch ZenFone 5 Lite.

Mobile World Congress will be on for two more days, and most of the smartphone launches and major announcements have been made. A new ZenUI based on Android Oreo also comes pre-installed.

Other than these, details are scarce about the other variants of the Zenfone 5 series. Moving on to the ZenFone Max (M1), the phone's 4000mAh battery and 5.5-inch 18:9 HD+ display are its top selling points. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Oreo update planned for Q3 2018.

There is no escaping the fact the Asus Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z both look like the iPhone X. The notch, the screen and the camera placement all scream of Apple's handset, but if you want a device that looks like that and runs Android this may suit. As of yet there is no clear information on which model will hit the Indian shores. Rest of the specifications include a Snapdragon 845, 4/6/8GB RAM, 64/128/256GB of Internal storage which can be expended upto 2TB.

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. On the rear, there is a 16MP PixelMaster camera with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) that is touted to focus on the subject in merely 0.03 seconds while the second lens sports 120-degree wide-angle shooter.


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