Hands On with the ASUS ZenFone 5

Update: ASUS officially launches Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 in PH.

GP brought with him the ASUS ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 5 earlier and so we decided to make a quick hands on with two of ASUS’ newest smartphones. ASUS is set to release the ASUS ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 5 together with the ZenFone 6 and PadFone Mini in the Philippines later this week.

The Zenfone 5 we unboxed comes in a red box. I guess the color of the box depends on the color of the smartphone. Inside the box is the unit itself, charger and earphones.

The ZenFone 5’s design is just gorgeous. In front you have the glossy black display while at the back you have the matte finish cover. Normally, I’d complain about physical buttons but not this time. The ZenFone 5’s physical buttons complemented well with the metallic piece below which features the concentric circle finish unique on every ZenFone device. Even the silver buttons on the side enhanced the overall look of the smartphone.

On top of the ZenFone 5’s 5-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display is the ASUS logo, earpiece, camera and proximity sensor.

On the right side of the smartphone are the volume keys and power button. On the left you can find the slit for opening the back cover.

On top of the smartphone is the 3.5mm headphone jack. The USB port can be found at the bottom.

At the back is the camera, flash as well as the speakers. Opening the back cover will reveal the SIM card slots and the micro-SD slot.

Although a bit bigger than most 5-inch smartphones, the ZenFone 5 feels light. The curved corners together with the matte finish cover provided a good grip on the device.

The ZenFone 5 is equipped with ASUS SonicMaster technology boosting the audio of the device.

The ZenFone 5’s HD IPS display at 294ppi offered a sharp and brilliant display with a wide viewing angle. ASUS’ 5-inch smartphone delivered fast and responsive UI with the Intel Atom Multi-Core Processor with Hyper-Threading. We were able load and play Injustice without encountering any lags. For a mid-range smartphone to be able to play next-gen graphics and 3D animations smoothly, the ZenFone 5 surely packs a punch.

The ZenFone 5’s camera uses PixelMaster technology which provides different shooting modes and effects including HDR, panorama and beauty mode. The said feature lets you blur and even remove unnecessary objects in the background. ASUS takes pride in Zenfone 5 camera’s ability to perfom even in low lighting conditions. Check out some sample shots below.




ASUS has successfully incorporated beautiful design and performance on the ZenFone 5. What we have here is a mid-range smartphone with a premium design and high-end performance out to compete with the existing Dual SIM smartphones in the market. The only thing that will determine the smartphone’s success is the pricing although GP told us that the new ZenFones will be reasonably priced.

Tune in for our full review of the ASUS ZenFone 5 soon.

ASUS ZenFone 5 Specs

CPU 2X2: Intel Atom Multi-Core Z2580/Z2560 Processor 2.0/1.6GHz with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Memory 2 GB / 1 GB RAM
Display 5inches, HD 1280×720, IPS with Capacitive Multi touch panel
Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Supports GloveTouch input
Camera Front 2 Mega-Pixel, F2.4 Aperture
Rear 8 Mega-Pixel, Auto Focus, LED Flash, F2.0 Aperture, PixelMaster
Storage 5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage
Memory Slot MicroSD card (up to 64 GB)
Dimensions 148.2 x 72.8 x 10.34 mm (LxWxH)
Weight 145 g
Battery 2110 mAh Lithium
Others Dual Micro SIM
OS Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Color Charcoal Black/Pearl White/Cherry Red/Twilight Purple/Champagne Gold



  • wei

    wow! that is a good looking device. please do test how well the intel chips battery consumption fares against the mediatek and qualcomm powered devices.

  • Pao

    wow doesn’t look cheap at all, ang ganda ng design 😀

  • Jabroni

    on your full review,can you pls check of confirm the usable internal storage and if you can save or transfer apps to the memory card w/o rooting…Im planning to get this unit once its on sale here and Im more more into apps/games so if apps can be saved or installed on the external mmc itll be huge plus for me! tnx in advance!!

  • http://karlmarxphotography.wordpress.com Carl

    We’ll take note of your requests guys! Thanks for the feedback and interest. We’ll keep you posted. 😀

  • EARL

    Any idea when the ZENphone 6 ill be available? how much is it? conservative estimates?

    • Pao

      hmm prices will be revealed sa july 17 pa pero for sure below 15k ang zenfone 6

  • Dom

    Will it be available also here in Qatar?

  • Annie

    I want to buy the red one! Available na raw on the 17th. Can you show how the battery life is when you do the full review?

  • Tanya

    Hi, I bought my zenfone 4 but it has no earphones, I've search sa net wala nga daw talaga, bat po yung senyo meron? thank you.

    • raz

      Zenfone 4 is a different phone. Zenfone 5 po itong post ni Sir Joey. Maybe walang earphones ang 4 sa package niya considering it's low price.

  • rudolfh

    How about the audio quality of asus zenfone 5? maganda ba? thanks in advance for reply..

    • Bela Fleck

      It's audible enough in a quiet room or office, but if you're in a mall, mahirap siyang marinig especially if the phone is concealed in your bag or pocket. You have to constantly carry the phone in order to hear if you have an incoming call or message.

    • Bela Fleck

      Either that, or you use the included earphones or optional Bluetooth headset.

  • michael

    available po ba ang z2580 version d2 sa pinas? and in what store po?
    ung na review nyo po ba is z2580 or z2560? ung z2580 kasi habol ko. Thanks!

    • Bela Fleck

      I think phased out ang Z2580 version because of heating issues. Z2560 na lang ang available sa Philippine market.

  • http://fb dante

    problima sa zenfone 5 nabele ko last oct 2014 naga shutdown kahit hnd mu eni off…bakit kaya????

  • Bela Fleck

    Just got my Zenfone 5 days ago, loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box. I'm impressed with the UI's speed, thanks to the Hyper Threading processor and 2GB RAM. 16GB internal storage also helps. However, I'm a little frustrated with the speaker's output. If you remove the rear cover, the actual speaker is about 1/4th the size of the speaker grille, which could explain the weak audio output; I sometimes have to use a Bluetooth headset just to hear a call.

    • JSnow

      Hi, I'm interested to buy this Zenfone 5. Please let me know where you purchased it and for how much. Thank you.

      • Bela Fleck

        Bought it at MemoXpress SM Megamall for P6995. Be careful as some unscrupulous retailers sell it for P7495 without the KitKat update.

        • JSnow

          I appreciate the info, Bela. :) Thanks!

      • http://pinoytechblog.com Joey

        megamall po try nyo :)

        • JSnow

          Thank you for the input. :)

    • SansaStark

      Bela, is this version already LTE-capable?

      • Bela Fleck

        3G only. The LTE version uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and is more expensive at P10,999.

  • mark

    Please tell me about the over heating issue. tapos yung namamatay daw to ng biglaan.. yung available na sus zen5 sa pinas..

    • Blea Fleck

      Heating issue is only for the 2.0GHz processor-equipped Zenfone 5. What we have in the Philippine market is the 1.6GHz variant.