REVIEWED: ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL)
We took the latest Asus Zenfone 5 for a spin. Here's what we thought.
What's in the box
- ZenFone 5
- ASUS ZenEar Pro Hi-Res earphone with microphone
- Type-C USB cable
- Ejector pin (SIM tray needle)
- USB power adapter (10W)
- Documentation (user guide, warranty card)
- Clear soft bumper (optional)
- 6.2-inch Full HD+ (2246 by 1080) Super IPS+ display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform with 14nm, 64-bit Octa-core Processor with AI Boost
- Qualcomm Adreno 509
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB Internal storage, expandable to 2TB via MicroSD
- 100GB free storage space on Google Drive for 1 year
- 12-megapixel main rear camera with Sony IMX363 1.4 µm, 1/2.55” w/ f/1.8 Night HDR
- 8-megapixel secondary rear camera with 120-degrees wide-angle
- 8-megapixel front camera
- 4K UHD (3840 by 2160) video at 30 fps for main rear camera
- 3-axis electronic image stabilization for rear cameras
- 4G, LTE
- WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 & 5GHz
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Wi-Fi direct, NFC
- Rear fingerprint sensor, Face recognition, Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, RGB sensor
- 3300mAh battery with fast charging
- Android 8.0 Oreo with new Asus ZenUI 5
- 153 (L) x 75.65 (W) x 7.7 mm (T)
- 165 grams (weight)
- Hybrid Dual Nano-SIM or MicroSD slots
- 2.5D Gorilla Glass
This newest iteration of the Asus ZenFone 5 is fast and stylish. In your hands, it has a premium feel whilst maintaining a simple yet elegant design. It sports a 6.2-inch full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a crisp and vibrant screen. Its sleek form that fits in your pocket while still providing more than enough real estate to do some work on the go.
The ASUS ZenFone 5 smartphone is a dual-SIM handset that runs on Android Oreo with ZenUI 5.0. Equipped with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 coupled with 4GB of RAM, it has 64 gigs of storage that is expandable up to 2TB via a MicroSD card.
Powered by a 3300 mAH battery, the phone lasts more than a day for a medium amount of usage with the WI-FI or data on.
ASUS Zenfone 5 is a premium phone with mid-level pricing. Its party piece is the dual rear camera that has a standard focus main camera and a secondary wide-angle 120-degree secondary camera for quick-option for focal length. The camera takes great pictures with balanced colors and it has autofocus and auto temperature adjustments that translates to easier photo and video capture.
Even in harsh and direct sunlight, the Zenfone 5’s camera is still able to adjust so that you can have a complete picture with both foreground and background in the shot. Video capture is also intuitive and easy as the autofocus and color adjustments are fast and image stabilization is smooth. There is also a pro setting function for the more advanced photographers who want to take the helm of the ZenFone 5’s camera. Shooting in low light is good but I have, on occasion, encountered some noise in the pictures. Indoor pictures are one of the strong points of this phone as the lenses are wider than its competitors, allowing the user to fit more people in one frame from a shorter distance.
Although at the time of testing there were almost no files in the storage, the speed was impressive even with multiple applications running in the background. There was no lag or signs of slowing down.
Value / Price / Availability
The Asus Zenfone 5 is priced at PHP 19,995 and is available nationwide where Asus phones are sold. Available in two colors, the Zenfone 5 comes in Meteor Silver and Midnight Blue.
Overall, the ASUS ZenFone 5 is a powerful phone with great value for money. If you are into photography or are just planning to start the hobby, this is a phone you need to take a closer look at. The technology of the camera in these phones are so advanced that they are giving the traditional point-and-shoot cameras a run for their money.
What we like
- Wide angle lens for indoor shots
- Premium feel and ergonomics of the phone
- Sound quality
- Cool filters
- Adjusts well in harsh lighting conditions
- It comes with 100GB free space on Google drive for a year
What we don't like
- Comes pre-loaded with many apps -- some useful, some not so much.
- Grainy low light photos
- Hybrid dual-SIM slot