At MWC it held one of the most anticipated presentations in which the Taiwanese manufacturer introduced a new line of smartphones, Asus Zenfone 5, consisting of three units: Zenfone 5 Lite – a simplified and reduced version of the flagship, and Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z differ only in the processor, memory configurations and a face scanner in the latter.
The main device covers the 2.5D-glass front and rear. In front, they also had a proprietary visor, but the company does not hide and openly says where it drew inspiration from. On the back, there is a double camera in a vertical orientation, and the fingerprint scanner in the upper part is the center of the brand concentric circles.
The Zenfone 5 and 5Z have the same 6.2-inch Full HD+ IPS display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Thanks to the ultra-low frame, the manufacturer claims that on the front panel the screen occupies 90% of the total area.
The younger model works on the new Snapdragon 636, for 5Z we expected to take the top Snapdragon 845. In the first case, we have 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The flagship has an option for 6 and 64, and a configuration with 8GB of RAM, where you can choose the amount of internal memory: 128 or 256 GB. The company paid attention to the fact that the older model has an artificial intelligence engine responsible for optimizing software.
There are stereo speakers, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 and a headphone jack. Work on new smartphones will be on Android Oreo with installing on top of ZenUI. Batteries for 3300 mAh with AI Charging technology, which should increase battery life.
Do not disdain ASUS to copy other chips from the American manufacturer, introducing ZeniMoji.
The main camera includes two modules: 12 megapixels IMX 363 with aperture f/1.8 and 120-degree wide-angle lens, allowing to capture 200% more area. Ahead is an 8-megapixel sensor with a night HDR and portrait mode.
The company announced the price only for Zenfone 5Z, which will be $479, which makes this model the cheapest of the currently known Snapdragon 845 top processor.
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