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.

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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

 

 


12 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. wow doesn’t look cheap at all, ang ganda ng design :D

  3. 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!!

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

  5. 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

  6. Will it be available also here in Qatar?

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

    • 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.

  9. rudolfh /

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

  10. 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!

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