Asus Undercuts iPhone X, Galaxy S9 With Flagship $500 ZenFone 5Z

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The ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z are similar phones that use the exact same body, and what a body it is.

Asus will ship the ZenFone 5 Lite in March, then release the ZenFone 5 and 5Z in April and June, respectively. The display is a 5.5 inch 18:9 aspect ratio HD display with an 83% screen-to-body ratio.

On the software front, ZenFone 5 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 layered on top. The notch here is smaller than the iPhone one.

The ZenFone 5Z and ZenFone 5 are mostly the same, but the former has a Snapdragon 845 processor, 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage, and 4GB/6GB/8GB of RAM. The company didn't reveal the price of the other two models as of yet.

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It will sport dual cameras on the front and back unlike its bigger brethren which only have the dual camera setup at the back.

The phone resembles iPhone X as it copies both top notch and vertical rear camera setup.

Asus ZenFone 5 Lite is a lighter edition of the original Asus ZenFone 5 smartphone. There's a primary 12-megapixel lens paired with by an 8-megapixel sensor that has double the field of view. With the use of Facial Recognition technology, you can unlock the device using the sensors located beside the front facing camera. It also has AI-powered smart charging, where it learns when you need to charge the phone fast, and when it can slow down the charging in case you're going to connect it for a long time.

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. The main rear camera is a 16 MP f/2.2 unit with phase detection autofocus, while the main selfie snapper is a 20 MP f/2.0 part using the Sony IMX376 sensor. The ASUS ZenFone 5Z will be available in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver color variants, while its dimensions are still unknown.

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The ZenFone 5Z uses a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, with 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of storage, while the 5 uses the Snapdragon 636 and has up to 6GB of RAM. The smartphones include the same design, display size, cameras both front and back and battery set up. A new ZenUI based on Android Oreo also comes pre-installed.

The Asus ZenFone Max (M1) (ZB555KL) will be available in Deepsea Black, Sunlight Gold, and Ruby Red colour variants. This isn't anything new at the top end of the market, but it's an innovation that's yet to appear in the mid-range that the ZenFone 5 is targeting.

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. As of yet there is no clear information on which model will hit the Indian shores. The smartphone comes with 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM variants with 64GB/128GB/256GB of internal storage respectively. One will be a standard 20MP sensor while the other has a 120-degree wide-angle lens.

Both handsets feature Sony's latest IMX363 image sensor (1.4µm pixels and f/1.8 wide-aperture) and dual-rear cameras alongside a 120-degree wide-angle secondary camera with 4K video recording at 60fps.

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