Asus Zenfone 5Z is the newest smartphone in the Indian market. It is a Taiwan manufacturer that handles this production and development. It has different features that are exciting to different people. Packed with features such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, up to 8GB of RAM, a 19:9 display, and dual rear cameras, the smartphone takes on the likes of affordable flagship smartphones. Three smartphones in the ZenFone 5 series – ZenFone 5Z, ZenFone 5, and ZenFone 5 Lite – were launched at MWC 2018. At the end of the day, just one of them has made it to Indian shores yet. Asus India launched the smartphone in the country on Wednesday and revealed the price and the proposed release date.
The specifications are quite easy to understand. It is a dual-SIM (Nano) and dual-VoLTE Smartphone. It supports Asus ZenFone 5Z and runs ZenUI 5.0 on top of Android 8.0.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, with an Android P update in the pipeline. The smartphone sports a 6.2-inch full-HD+ (1080×2246 pixels) Super IPS+ display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, which comes paired with an Adreno 630 GPU and up to 8GB of RAM. UFS 2.1 storage on the smartphone goes up to 256GB, expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).
The arrangement of the cameras is one feature that must be discussed. There is a vertically stacked pair of cameras on the back of the ZenFone 5Z. The rear camera setup consists of a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 primary sensor, with f/1.8 aperture and support for OIS, and a secondary 8-megapixel OmniVision 8856 sensor with fixed focus, f/2.2 aperture, and a 120-degree wide-angle lens. The rear cameras are coupled with a single LED flash. On the front, the flagship handset bears the same 8-megapixel fixed focus OmniVision 8856 sensor for selfies and video calls. As part of the selfie camera, it has an embedded feature of face unlock.
The Zenfone 5Z has diverse Connectivity options which comprise of 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/ 5GHz), NFC, Bluetooth v5.0, FM radio, USB OTG, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, USB Type-C (Gen1), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The inbuilt Sensors for the smartphone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, electronic compass, gyroscope, fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor, and RGB sensor. There is a 3300mAh battery underneath the hood with support for Quick Charge 3.0; the handset comes with a bundled 18W charger. Dimensions of the handset are 153×75.6×7.7mm, and weight is 165 grams which are lightweight.
The Asus ZenFone 5Z has been launched in three variants in India. The base 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 29,999, the 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage model comes in at Rs. 32,999, and the top-end variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage bears a price tag of Rs. 36,999. The smartphone will be available exclusively starting from July 9.