Asus has turned up at the MWC 2018 with 4 new phones and a laptop, marking the debut of the ZenFone 5Z, ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5 Lite, ZenFone Max (M1), and NovaGo. The ZenFone 5 series is the one to watch out for here, as the company has decided to grant it a decidedly Apple-inspired look.
The ZenFone 5Z and ZenFone 5 are huge departures for Asus in terms of design, but there’s no denying the fact that the two look exactly like the iPhone X. The pair would thus be ideal for people who’d like a nearly bezel-less phone with a notch and vertically-placed cameras, but don’t want to spend a bomb or shift to iOS.
The ZenFone 5Z has a 19:9 aspect ratio, a smidge lower than the iPhone X’s 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The panel itself is bigger thanks to a 6.2-inch display size which boasts of a 90% screen-to-body ratio. Asus has notably chosen to go with a LCD screen rather than an OLED one like its inspiration.
Asus has even copied the same self-adjusting color temperature and attention-aware screen tools. The cloning doesn’t end there, as the brand has its own version of Animoji called ZeniMoji as well. The conceit of using animated emojis to record short snippets is the same, but the Taiwanese firm has come up with its own list of cartoon characters for the feature.
Specifications of the Asus ZenFone 5Z and ZenFone 5:
– Display: 6.2-inch, 2246 x 1080 pixels
– OS: Android 8.0 Oreo-based ZenUI 5
– Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB, expandable up till 2TB
– RAM: 4GB/6GB/8GB
– CPU: Snapdragon 636 (5), Snapdragon 845 (5Z)
– Camera: 12MP + 8MP rear, 8MP front
– Battery: 3300mAh
– Weight: 155g
– Size: 153 x 75.65 x 7.85mm
– Connectivity: dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fiac, A-GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C
One aspect which Asus has left alone is Apple’s advanced 3D TrueDepth Camera system which powers Animoji and Face Time. The ZenFone doesn’t appear to boast of anything like that, but has nonetheless included its own facial recognition system. It’s placed a fingerprint sensor at the back too, so that’s one area in which it has an advantage over the iPhone X.
Asus is pushing the AI angle on the ZenFone 5Z quite heavily, infusing the smartphone with as much intelligence as it could. However, the handset doesn’t really boast of anything especially unique as compared to other Android devices. Users will find AI working its magic in the camera, display, calling, audio, battery, and performance departments.
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 latter is downgraded to a Snapdragon 636 SoC, 64GB of ROM, and 4GB/6GB of RAM. The company’s planning to sell its flagship phone starting at €479 (roughly Rs 38190) or $499 (approx Rs 32570).
Asus will release the ZenFone 5 in April and ZenFone 5Z in June. It’s planning on outing the ZenFone 5 Lite even earlier in March. The phone doesn’t go as extreme as its siblings, but it still features slim bezels and an 18:9 aspect ratio on a 6-inch screen. Its biggest highlight is the presence of 4 cameras, 2 on the front and 2 at the back.
There’s a 16MP sensor at the rear and a 20MP Sony shooter up front, both accompanied by a 120-degree wide-angle camera which works independently to provide a 200% wider view. 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.
Finally, the NovaGo is a flexible laptop whose main claim to fame is the fact that it runs on a Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform. The setup ensures a battery life of 22 hours, 1Gbps download speeds, 14.9mm of thickness, and a 1.39kg weight. Price details will be revealed at a later date.