Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Asus launches iPhone X clone ZenFone 5 - complete with notch

Asus Zen Fone 5Z is one of the first smartphones to embrace Qualcomm’s latest top of the line Snapdragon 845 chipset Asus ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5 Lite and ZenFone 5Z launched at MWC 2018
Grady Vargas | 01 March, 2018, 12:56

So we'll only mention the Zenfone 5 except in cases where the Zenfone 5Z has a different specification. 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.

As far as a ZenFone 5Z release date, we've only got "later in the year" for the United Kingdom release date.

Zenfone 5 is expected to be priced around Rs 25,000 and Zenfone 5Z is expected to be priced between Rs 40,000 and 50,000. The screen is expansive, bright and vibrant.

You'll also get more storage here, with the base model of the Zenfone 5Z offering 128GB and the normal Zenfone 5 being restricted to just 64GB of space. Similarly, Asus has not revealed the pricing of the Asus ZenFone 5 and Asus ZenFone 5 Lite.

Asus also announced a more compact 6-inch version of the ZenFone 5 called the ZenFone 5 Lite, although that won't be coming to the UK. Asus says ZenFone 5Z has optical image stabilization (OIS), electronic image stabilization (EIS), and it can record 4K video. The dual cameras also work together to produce depth of field effect on photos.

The smartphone comes with face unlock, USB Type C and it is powered by a 3300 mAh battery.

On the front side, the device comes with 20 Megapixel + 8 Megapixel sensors as Secondary Camera on the device. Calls in busy places will ring louder than calls in the middle of the night. ZeniMoji lets users animate cute avatars using their own voice, facial expressions and head movements. It will be live streamed on Asus' press website.

The ZenFone 5Z will retail for $499 Dollars (approximately $635.50 CAD).

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The Asus ZenFone 5 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 636 processor coupled with Adreno 509 GPU. The device also includes features like - Face Unlock feature, and several real-time beautification features.

There are a few key differences, however.

In MobileSyrup's brief hands-on time, we noted how premium the mid-range device felt and were impressed by the responsive camera, as well as the vibrant, clear quality of the pictures we took.

The ZenFone 5Z has two five-magnet stereo speakers driven by dual amplifiers to ensure maximum volume while reportedly protecting them from damage with its built-in "smart" technology. Other specs include two different RAM & storage variants. On the display front, the Asus Zenfone 5Z comes with a 6.2-inch inch edge-to-edge display with 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio.

At first sight, the Asus phones look promising.

The other model has a Snapdragon 430 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. For selfie lovers, the company has offer an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture.

Dual-lens combining 12-megapixel f1.8 Sony 363, 6 element lens with secondary 8-megapixel f2.0 wide angle rear. It will be available in Midnight Black, Moonlight White, and Rouge Red colour variants. We don't know how much the ZenFone 5 is supposed to cost either when it goes on sale in April, but the ZenFone 5Z is coming in June, fetching a very reasonable 479 Euro, presumably in an entry-level 4GB RAM/64GB ROM configuration.

The ZenFone Lite is set to be the most affordable of the three, but is unlikely to launch in the UK. Price starts at 479 Euros and the phone will be available in June this year.

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